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Microsoft considered releasing the Xbox One without a disc drive

The world isn't ready for that yet though

Microsoft's Phil Spencer has revealed that they had considered releasing the Xbox One with no physical media drive at all.

Spencer explained that for now it would not have been totally feasible given that there are technical issues related to internet bandwidth and game size.

“Obviously, after the announcement and E3,” Spencer explained, “there was some feedback about what people wanted to change. There was a real discussion about whether we should have an optical disc drive in Xbox One or if we could get away with a purely disc-less console, but when you start looking at bandwidth and game size, it does create issues.” Microsoft considered releasing the Xbox One without a disc drive

He continued, “So we decided – which I think was the right decision – to go with the Blu-ray drive and give the people an easy way to install a lot of content. From some of those original thoughts, you saw a lot of us really focusing on the digital ecosystem you see on other devices – thinking of and building around that.”

Thanks OXM.

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