Xbox Scarlett Confirmed by Phil Spencer to Contain a Disc Drive
Fear not, as physical games will not be going away anytime soon in the next-generation.
Microsoft formally revealed the first details of its next-generation platform, currently called Project Scarlett, yesterday during the company’s E3 2019 briefing. While there weren’t many specifics of the platform given outside of an overview of what the console will be able to do, since that time, more information has started to come to light.
Speaking to Gamesindustry.biz, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed that Project Scarlett will indeed contain a disc drive when it arrives next year. While digital games have started to become all the more prominent, and Microsoft themselves have released a disc-less version of the Xbox One S just recently, that lack of a disc drive will not be something that carries over to Scarlett.
“Yeah [physical discs are part of our future],” Spencer said plainly. “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.”
Spencer went on to reiterate that the reason Scarlett will still contain a drive is in line with many other decisions Microsoft has made in recent years: they want to give players choice. “I want to give people choice, and right now physical is a choice that millions of people love,” Spencer stated.
So if you still love buying physical games for yourself, don’t worry, because Xbox will still have you covered next-gen. Even if Microsoft does still opt to release a disc-less version of Project Scarlett at some point, it won’t be in lieu of a version that still allows you to utilize physical media.