Will Xbox 720 and PS4 Have Optical Drives?

One of the biggest bits of speculation for the next-generation of consoles was whether they would include optical media as an option or not. With the proliferation of fibre optic internet access, it seemed possible that they might not. However the Wall Street Journal is suggesting that download-only consoles are still far in the future, the PS4 and Xbox 720 will both have disc drives.

Ultimately Sony's decision is said to have been made based on the disparity of internet connection speeds around the world. While in a the metropolises of major countries, 100Mbps might be far more common place, out in the sticks, there's an entirely different story. It was also noted, that without optical media as an option, common retail stores would suffer more than they are already.

Unfortunately even with E3 just around the corner, we're unlikely to learn much about Microsoft and Sony's next-gen offerings, with both declining to show off any new hardware. The release dates for the two machines are thought to be somewhere towards the end of 2013, with Nintendo getting a year lead in on the two with its Wii U. That console will be at E3 and is said to be hitting shelves for Christmas 2012.

While download-only consoles will likely appear at some point, it won't be for a few more years. Perhaps when we get the refresh and redesign of the next systems (similar to the slim versions of the current-gen) then we'll see the optical drive removed.

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It games to go digital only

It games to go digital only then the price of the game should not be $59.99 since there is no overhead cost like covers, disc, shipping, and third party seller like best buy or gamestop . Games should cost $29.99 to $39.99 then I might consider digital only

Console needs to be nothing

Console needs to be nothing but a console. If they make games digital think about it before you are out of a job, you have the power to stop it. Think about what goes into making the stuff and selling it, plastics, cases, case covers, delivery, sales, and resale when you are done with it, you have the power to stop digital for now, anything that can be digitized will be digitized in the future. There are 7.017 billion people on this planet now and in the next 200 years or so it might be 4 times as much so think about the jobs that they are costing if they go digital. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population

deffinatly

I agree 100%, i still have my atari 2600, nes,snes,n64,sega. hell its STILL fun to get together with buddies from back in the day and throw in road rash (god damn i miss that franchise) or just veg on 1985-95 games. yes... were probly drunk or high as fuck doing it.. but non the less we still like to dust them off and play them here and there.

i will never buy a *digital only* console. that may be just my ONE opinion.. but im sure alot of others will feel the same way..

ALSO if they are gonna go all digital, cut the price of the game in half then..

not physical $30 or its too expensive (and thats $30 for the "AAA" games.

$5 for stuff like psn games max..

deffinatly

I agree 100%, i still have my atari 2600, nes,snes,n64,sega. hell its STILL fun to get together with buddies from back in the day and throw in road rash (god damn i miss that franchise) or just veg on 1985-95 games. yes... were probly drunk or high as fuck doing it.. but non the less we still like to dust them off and play them here and there.

i will never buy a *digital only* console. that may be just my ONE opinion.. but im sure alot of others will feel the same way..

ALSO if they are gonna go all digital, cut the price of the game in half then..

not physical $30 or its too expensive (and thats $30 for the "AAA" games.

$5 for stuff like psn games max..

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