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Microsoft almost ditched discs altogether with the Xbox One

by William Schwartz

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The policies of the Xbox One made huge headlines in 2013, and the subsequent changes made in the home stretch to console’s release likely saved it from a colossal blunder. But the Xbox One could have been a completely digital machine, and the idea of shipping the console without a disc drive was considered as late as mid-2013, according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.

There was a real discussion about whether the Xbox One should have disc drive

Spencer who recently sat down for an interview with OXM, revealed that Microsoft had to include a Blu-ray drive because of possible bandwidth issues and game sizes.

“There was a real discussion about whether we should have an optical disc drive in Xbox One or if we could get away with a purely disc-less console, but when you start looking at bandwidth and game size, it does create issues,” said Spencer in the interview.

Spencer believes that going with a disc drive was “the right decision”, but without the disc drive their original 24-hour check in policy and sharing features would have made a lot more sense.

Would you have bought an Xbox One without a Blu-Ray drive? Let us know in the comments, below.

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