Microsoft has apparently discovered a workable answer to provide gamers the flexibility so as to add their bodily Xbox video games to their digital Xbox libraries.
According to a brand new patent noticed (by way of GameRant) earlier in the present day, Microsoft has designed an exterior disc drive that gamers can use with an Xbox Series S, for instance, to confirm their Xbox discs and acquire entry to the digital variations of the identical video games by means of the official Xbox Games Store.
Such an exterior disc drive can be extremely useful for gamers who’re nonetheless holding on to their outdated Xbox 360 or Xbox One discs because the video games business pushes ahead with digital buying.
Even gamers who’re nonetheless buying bodily copies for Xbox Series X will sleep peacefully understanding that they’ve entry to the digital variations in case their discs change into ineffective.
Microsoft has at all times positioned a big give attention to backward compatibility. The disc drive of Xbox Series X can detect and play nearly each Xbox One and Xbox 360 disc so long as they don’t require the ill-fated Kinect. There are, nevertheless, some caveats because the backward compatibility turns into somewhat difficult the older the disc in query turns into, comparable to video games launched within the early days of Xbox 360.
What the patent refrains from clarifying is how a lot freedom Microsoft plans to provide gamers. One facet is gamers utilizing the patented exterior disc drive to confirm their outdated Xbox purchases to achieve backward digital entry. The different facet is gamers utilizing the identical methodology to redeem digital variations of newly bought boxed video games on Xbox Series S. Hence, relinquishing the necessity of buying an Xbox Series X only for its disc drive.
Interestingly sufficient, the patent means that the exterior disc drive is also within the form of an Xbox One linked to an Xbox Series S to authenticate a disc. For what it’s price, it might be finest that Xbox gamers maintain on to their outdated consoles and outdated assortment of video games in the intervening time.