It can be predicted that a big part of the future of gaming on Xbox will be streaming. It also means that a huge part of the Xbox’s future will be digital gaming. This in turn begs a question which has already been making the rounds- how much longer will discs be around? While no one can know the exact answer to that, but what is known is that they will atleast be around for the next generation. This is known because Phil Spencer, the Xbox boss has confirmed that Xbox Scarlett will have a disc drive.
Disc Drives For Xbox Scarlett
Phil Spencer, while speaking to the Games Industry said that:
“Yeah [physical discs are part of our future].”
That said, Spencer and co. are well aware that the market is moving to a digital space. Spencer continued in this light:
“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.”
So it does seem like Spencer is trying to more or less suggest that discs are increasingly fading out and that’s true. The retail video game market is shrinking fast as the digital marketing grows, but for now, there’s still plenty of people buying Xbox games on discs.
Spencer further noted that Xbox is doing its very best when it comes to making sure that the marketing centered around both current and future Xbox systems is clear when it comes to this. For example, the reason the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is called what it is, is not because that’s the name marketing came up with to push most units, but because it’s the most straightforward and conveys what the system is.
Along with this, Sony Interactive Entertainment has also confirmed that the PS5 will also be making discs. So in other words, disc based console gaming isn’t going anywhere atleast till the next generation.