In the last few months we have seen a number of rumors and speculation regarding Microsoft’s plans for the next version of the Xbox games console. There have been a number of different specs believed to be coming that have included PVRs and used games not being supported. Today we have new rumors that hint there will be no Xbox 720 backwards compatibility.
Earlier this month we reported to you that the Sony PS4 may not have backwards compatibility as it is rumored not to feature a cell processor. Now this could also be the case for the Xbox 720 as MCV have been told by sources that the device will not feature an optical drive. It is being claimed that Microsoft has already been letting its partners know the next device will come lacking a disc drive.
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The information has been given to companies under what the source is claiming as “the strictest NDA” that has ever been seen. Instead the device is claimed to be using some sort of solid state flash card such as a SD card or something similar. It may use something like what the PS Vita uses with its propriety memory card format, which also has games available to purchase from the PlayStation Store as well.
Some still claim that Microsoft will be showcasing the next Xbox at this year’s E3 event in June, and the same sources are claiming we will actually see a release of the Xbox 720 in 2013. While the lack of an optical drive means owners won’t be able to play their Xbox 360 games, it could mean a new era in the games industry similar to what’s already on offer with the OnLive service.
When asked about the speculation Microsoft at first said they don’t comment on such rumors, but later added that the life span of the current console has been extended with the addition of the Kinect and a new dashboard. It went on to say that the company is always looking at ways to increase this further along with “thinking about what is next for our platform”.
Will you be disappointed if there is no backwards compatibility with the next Xbox?