After the release of the disc-less Xbox One S, many people have been skeptical whether we’ll see a disc drive on Project Scarlett. In their E3 conference they made it real clear that their future lies with subscription services. Game Pass has become a huge part of their business model and one that we all embrace, so what about those of us who would still like to buy a physical game for the next console?
You’re in luck. In a discussion with Gamesindustry.biz he confirmed that Project Scarlett will indeed ship with a disc drive to play physical games.
Yeah [physical discs are part of our future]
We know, because we see it, that more and more players are buying digital. We think the experience in certain instances, specifically if I am away from my console and everything is on my hard-drive with the entitlements are all there, there are some scenarios that are easy. But we know that people still have discs.
If you’re wondering, yes, he knows all about the SAD joke of the all-digital version in the market.
So even when we put out things like the Xbox One S All-Digital edition, we are very clear with the name because I am not trying to confuse anybody, that if you are somebody that has a library of discs, or that’s the way you want to acquire the content, then you should buy the Xbox One S, not the Xbox One S All-Digital… which is why we put it in the name, and yes I know it says SAD.
I want to be very descriptive, because I am not trying to confuse anybody about what the options are. I want to give people choice, and right now physical is a choice that millions of people love.
So, put your fears to bed. You can play the next console using physical discs or digital games. Whatever works for you.