Xbox Games May Not Have Physical Copies in the Future

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Microsoft has reportedly axed the team responsible for physical media development. And so, Xbox games may not have physical copies in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • Xbox Games may not have physical copies in the future.
  • Microsoft is reportedly discontinuing physical media development for Xbox games, signaling a shift towards all-digital distribution.
  • This follows the mass staff-cutting that impacted 1,900 employees from Activision Blizzard and Xbox.

Amidst the staff-cutting, approximately 1,900 Microsoft employees have been impacted. News about the departures of former Blizzard President Mike Ybarra and co-founder Allan Adham, coupled with the canceled project Odyssey, have fueled concerns among fans about the future of Blizzard. However, at the moment, WoW fans can rest at ease. After all, Holly Longdale assured the player base that there would be no changes to the WoW roadmap. But the same reassurance isn’t extended to Xbox lovers.

According to Dexerto, there’s a growing rumor that Xbox games may no longer be available in physical formats in the future. Microsoft appears to favor digital distribution channels over physical copies. As per Jez Corden, managing editor of Windows Central, Microsoft has closed down departments dedicated to bringing Xbox games to physical retail:

In an update, Corden clarified that Microsoft’s move doesn’t necessarily indicate a complete withdrawal from physical retail for Xbox games. He noted that Microsoft could potentially outsource these services. So at the moment, it’s not 100% certain that Microsoft will transition entirely to digital distribution.

What do you think about Microsoft’s potential shift towards a digital-only era? Do you like the direction they are heading? Or do you prefer the traditional physical copies? Let us know in the comments!

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