In case you took the Xbox One S All-Digital Version as a touch that Microsoft may omit an optical drive from its next-generation console due in 2020, concern not: Venture Scarlett will certainly have one and assist bodily media. Affirmation comes on two fronts: interviewed Xbox boss Phil Spencer, and Eurogamer obtained the identical phrase from Matt Booty, the pinnacle of Microsoft Recreation Studios.

“We all know, as a result of we see it, that increasingly more gamers are shopping for digital. We predict the expertise in sure situations, particularly if I’m away from my console and all the things is on my hard-drive with the entitlements are all there, there are some situations which might be straightforward,” Spencer stated.

“However we all know that individuals nonetheless have discs. So even once we put out issues just like the Xbox One S All-Digital version, we’re very clear with the identify as a result of I’m not attempting to confuse anyone, that if you’re any individual that has a library of discs, or that’s the way in which you wish to purchase the content material, then you can purchase the Xbox One S, not the Xbox One S All-Digital… which is why we put it within the identify.” Spencer added, “I wish to give folks selection, and proper now bodily is a selection that tens of millions of individuals love.”

Booty echoed that message in his interview with Eurogamer. “Scarlett could have an optical disc drive. I nonetheless have movies at dwelling on bodily media — not many, however a couple of of my favorites,” Booty stated. “We all know folks have an attachment to purchasing video games on disc, to constructing a group.” Microsoft affords a 4K Blu-ray drive in each the usual Xbox One S and flagship Xbox One X. Sony’s PS4 and PS4 Professional every assist common Blu-ray, however can not play 4K discs. Sony has equally pledged that the PlayStation 5 will retain an optical disc drive.

Microsoft is being very deliberate in its messaging right here, as the corporate’s executives nonetheless bear in mind the Xbox One’s misfire of a launch. Throughout Sunday’s keynote, Xbox boss Phil Spencer made a brief reference to that lesson as he spoke in regards to the new console, saying “We heard you. A console must be designed and constructed and optimized for one factor and one factor solely: gaming.”

However do not forget that we’ve now seen three iterations of the Xbox One in a single console era — 4 when you contemplate the All-Digital Version to be an enormous deal. So there’s an affordable probability Microsoft may make a Venture Scarlett console with out the optical drive in some unspecified time in the future down the road.

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