The latest tidbit comes courtesy of MCVUK, who claims Microsoft has told developers its next-generation Xbox console will be disc-less. In other words, no disc drive. While the announcement was suppose to be kept secret for now, someone obviously broke the NDA on this one.
It’s been said that the rumored “Xbox 720” will support “some sort of interchangeable solid-state card store,” similar to the PS Vita, though it’s unclear whether this will be the Xbox’s proprietary format. That only adds to the rumors of Microsoft leaning towards ditching “physical formats” in favor of digital downloads through its Xbox Live service.
On top of that, Microsoft vaguely told the site it’s also working on something new. Based on the statement it left, sounds like some sort of new peripheral could be in the works, or another digital partnership:
“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumors or speculation.”
Expect Microsoft to clear all rumors come E3 2013, and we’ll be right there to report on it.