Apparently, in the early DRM filled days of the Xbox One, Microsoft heavily considered not having any form of disc tray in the Xbox One. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer said in an Interview recently:
“Obviously, after the announcement and E3, there was some feedback about what people wanted to change,” He went on to say “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.”
“So we decided – which I think was the right decision – to go with the Blu-ray drive and give the people an easy way to install a lot of content. From some of those original thoughts, you saw a lot of us really focusing on the digital ecosystem you see on other devices – thinking of and building around that.”
There you have it, the Xbox One almost didn’t come away with any way to play disc based games, not very surprising. Now let’s all thank the video game Gods that they changed their minds!
This doesn’t surprise me at all. Given the original policies that Microsoft had in place for the Xbox One, this makes perfect sense. I’m glad that they changed their minds though; being that I don’t support a fully digital video game industry at all.