Phil Spencer Says Xbox Isn't Giving Up on Physical Discs

At least, for now. 

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In a recent interview, Xbox's boss Phil Spencer finally shared the division's plans for supporting games on discs, as you may recall this topic wasn't covered during the latest update that Spencer, Sarah Bond, and Matt Booty provided on Xbox's vision for the future.

According to Spencer, Xbox remains committed to supporting physical disc-based games, but will not prioritize it excessively compared to consumer demand.

"We ship games physically and digitally, and we're really just following what the customers are doing. And I think our job in running Xbox is to deliver on the things that a majority of the customers want. And right now, a majority of our customers are buying games digitally," stated Spencer in the interview with Game File.

Spencer noted that game consoles are among the few remaining devices with disk drives, which poses a challenge.

"This is a real issue, just in terms of the number of manufacturers that are actually building drives and the cost associated with those. And when you think about cogs that we're going to go put in a console – and as you have fewer suppliers and fewer buyers – the cost of the drive does have an impact," added Xbox's boss.

Adding to that, Spencer confirmed that Xbox's strategy doesn't hinge on transitioning all users to digital game copies. The diminishing focus on physical media merely mirrors changing consumer preferences, with CD purchases declining.

It's possible though that Xbox may shift away from physical copies in the future, aligning with the industry trend. But as for now, Microsoft's division has no such plans.

During the same interview, Spencer shared that the games of Activision Blizzard will launch on Xbox Game Pass on the first day of its release.

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