We’ve heard rumors before of a disc-free Xbox and we scoffed, but now we’re hearing it again. A source reporting to MCV claimed that Microsoft has been informing business partners that the Xbox 720 – which has been codenamed Durango – will completely forgo a disc tray. The same source also claimed that the console is getting a release window of Holiday 2013.
Despite the fact that this information is considered to be “under the strictest NDA,” we’re hearing about it. In the case of the console going completely download-only, this is the second time we’re hearing about it. Rumors buzzed a few weeks previous, suggesting that Microsoft was hoping to skirt the controversial world of software resale currently in place at major games retailers.
MCV’s sources also indicate that the console may use some form of “interchangeable solid-state card.” Whether that would be a proprietary item, like the original Xbox 360 memory card, or something more standard is uncertain. All this information runs counter to the information dug up by Kotaku that stated the new Xbox would likely have Blu-Ray capability.
If a rumored 2013 launch was accurate, we would most certainly expect a reveal of the console at this year’s E3. Unfortunately, that may be our only firm confirmation or denial of this rumor, as Microsoft’s official response to MCV’s reports lacked any form of tangible response.
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.
Before a new console launches, the Internet is abuzz with fake mock-ups, bogus rumors, and wild speculation. We previously heard, for instance, that the new Xbox may have a tablet built right into the controller. Still, this has been one of the most persistent rumors regarding Microsoft’s new machine. Could there really be a future without discs and midnight launch parties?