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Collectors rejoice: Xbox Project Scarlett will have an optical disc drive

Xbox Project Scarlett will continue to sport an optical drive. (Source: Xbox)
Xbox Project Scarlett will continue to sport an optical drive. (Source: Xbox)
Xbox Chief Phil Spencer clarified that the next generation Xbox Project Scarlett will continue to feature an optical disc drive so as to cater to collectors and those who prefer buying physical media. Spencer also said that Microsoft would make sure there is enough clarity while marketing digital-only consoles like the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.

Xbox Project Scarlett has certainly managed to grab the attention at E3 even though it was just a soft reveal. With the launch of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition and Microsoft's push towards cloud gaming with Project xCloud, there has been some speculation that Scarlett will ditch the optical drive for a fully online experience. Turns out that won't be the case.

Xbox Chief Phil Spencer clarified to Gamesindustry.biz that the next generation Xbox will indeed have an optical drive as it was all about giving players the choice. While digital has its benefits, a vast majority of people have amassed discs as collectibles over the years and Microsoft does not want to alienate them. Spencer also said that Microsoft was making sure of clarity when it comes to marketing their consoles such as using the name 'All-Digital Edition' for the said version of Xbox One S. He said,

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 there you have it straight from the horse's mouth. If you are an avid collector of video game discs, neither Microsoft nor Sony are going to desert your collection for the foreseeable future. It is verily possible that somewhere down the the line the Scarlett generation could see an All-Digital Edition as well.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-06-12 (Update: 2019-06-12)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.