Solid-State Cards Instead?
MCV reports that Microsoft's next home console might not have a traditional disc drive. The hardware giant has ostensibly informed its retail partners that the next Xbox will use "some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage" instead, which could be either a readily-available or proprietary format.
If true, this means that Microsoft would be able to lock each card to a specific console or Gamertag - and go through with their rumoured threat of completely blocking the pre-owned market. At the expense of backwards compatibility, natch.
This is just a rumour, and a potentially worrying one. Without backwards compatibility or DVD/Blu-Ray player potential, the next generation Xbox console could well be a seriously hard sell. We'll keep our eye on it.