Xbox 720 to launch with not disc drive?
MCV is reporting that Microsoft has in fact been updating their partners which according to sources have described this briefing as “the strictest NDA” they have ever encountered.
Th update goes on to state, “Although the console will not include a disc drive, it 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.”
“Furthermore, a 2013 launch date for the hardware has been confirmed. What is less clear, however, is the intended timing of Microsoft’s announcement.”
While the idea of a new Xbox console coming as early as next year does create excitement, the exclusion of a disc drive would certainly be a huge financial blow to the games retail market.
E3 2012 could just be the platform Microsoft decides to announce their new re-invention of the home based console.