Xbox boss Phil Spencer said 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”, Spencer said.
“But we know that people still have discs. 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”, Spencer added,
“I want to give people choice, and right now physical is a choice that millions of people love.”
There’s a reasonable chance Microsoft might make a Project Scarlett console without the optical drive at some point down the line, but it will not be the main feast.