We are closer to the release of next-gen consoles like Xbox Scarlett and PS5. It’s yet to know how they will work and many rumors suggest us that we might get an Xbox discless or PS5 in the future. But could it really happen? Well “no” according to the Hellpoint developer. Xbox Scarlett or PS5 being discless raises the problems of limited bandwidth around the world which is a huge problem for gamers already.
Many reports have revealed that upcoming Xbox Scarlett or next Xbox will have different versions. One of this Xbox Scarlett or next Xbox version will be discless. Cradle Games technical director Marc-Andre Jutras who’s behind Hellpoint says that it won’t be possible for Sony and Microsoft to do so due to the limitations of the internet.
I think they will have a discless version, but I think that for the next generation there will still be a version with discs. There are a few reasons: not everyone has internet, and if you do have internet, a lot of people don’t have enough bandwidth to download 80GB per game. The current generation of games is huge. Not everyone can afford to download a game and its patches, there are still internet providers who have bandwidth caps. And if we have bandwidth issues here, you can imagine that it might be worse in other countries.
The second issue I see is that if you go with a version of a console that has no disc, then why would GameStop sell those consoles? The whole market is you sell the games for profit. So you pretty much say, “hey, sell our console that makes you no profit, and sell no games”. So I don’t think you will see discs die this generation. But one thing I would like to see is, because right now I have issues with Blu Rays, they are slow to load. So that’s why in the last generation of consoles, you have games with long loading times, and the games needing to be installed.
Keep in mind that there are many rumors of a discless version of next Xbox or Xbox Scarlett so this makes us question the validity of these sources. If not discless then what? Well according to the Hellpoint dev, companies like Sony and Microsoft could use cartridges and USB keys as an alternative approach.
One thing I would like to see is some games should be able to be offered on cartridges or USB keys. For developers when we end up trying to ship games on a disc, it’s pretty much always the same issue, you have not have your game ready ahead of time by two months, so they can be pressed on disc. I think the issue of having a disc or a USB key or a cartridge is pretty much the same. I could see that printing Blu Rays takes time, just to do it properly. Flashing a USB key with an existing image on the other hand is much faster.
Well, this all makes it more interesting than ever. We can’t wait to see what Microsoft and Sony have for us in stores.
We surely want to get rid of these massive updates and big games sizes but if the upcoming Xbox Scarlet or PS5 is diskless, it’ll be a huge problem for people like us living in Asia due to slow internet connections.