As Kotaku revealed last month, work has begun on the next Xbox. It’s codenamed “Durango”.
Today, website MCVUK reported a source revealed that the next Xbox apparently won’t have a disc drive. Instead, according to MCVUK, the next Xbox “will offer compatibility with some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage, although it is not known whether this will be proprietary or a more standard format such as SD.”
The console, MCVUK added, is slated for a 2013 release.
The source supposedly told MCVUK this info was issued under “the strictest NDA” the source has seen.
This rumour differs from what Kotaku previously heard — namely, that the next Xbox will upgrade its disc format to Blu-ray.
If MCVUK‘s report is true, then what would a disc-less system mean for backwards compatibility? What about as an entertainment device? A disc-less console would make it impossible to watch Blu-ray movies without an add-on peripheral.
Kotaku is following up with Microsoft and will update this post should the company respond.