Next Xbox 'ditches disc drive and gets 2013 release'

Next Xbox 'ditches disc drive and gets 2013 release'

By Ben Parfitt

March 9th 2012 at 10:48AM

New console to 'offer compatibility with interchangeable sold-state card storage'

Microsoft has been telling partners that the Next Xbox will not include a disc drive, a new report has revealed.

A source speaking to MCV stated the briefings have been issued under what is described as “the strictest NDA” they have ever encountered.

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.

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