"Obviously, after the announcement and E3, there was some feedback about what people wanted to change," says Spencer. "There was a real discussion about whether we should have an optical disc drive in Xbox One or if we could get away with a purely disc-less console, but when you start looking at bandwidth and game size, it does create issues.
"So we decided - which I think was the right decision - to go with the Blu-ray drive and give the people an easy way to install a lot of content. From some of those original thoughts, you saw a lot of us really focusing on the digital ecosystem you see on other devices - thinking of and building around that."
Microsoft had initially announced that the Xbox One would require an always-on Internet connection, with the console phoning home every 24 hours. Backlash was swift for the decision, and Microsoft turned away from it almost immediately after Sony capitalized on the mistake.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 3 Jan 2014 18:04