Xbox : Microsoft dépose un brevet qui pourrait tout changer pour ses consoles

Xbox : Microsoft dépose un brevet qui pourrait tout changer pour ses consoles

News hardware Xbox: Microsoft files a patent that could change everything for its consoles

The various manufacturers often file patents here and there, spotted by the public afterwards: nevertheless, nothing says that these technologies will indeed arrive on the market afterwards. In this case, Microsoft could be a game-changer for its disc-less consoles…

A patent to help with backward compatibility (and more)

Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo: all are on the lookout for these little things that could change the industry and, above all, bring the ball back to their court. In the case of the Redmond firm, it has filed a more than interesting patent for the very particular concept: it’s an external drive that can read a user’s physical games… so they can download them to their Xbox and play them.

In other words, this would be the perfect accessory for the Xbox Series S which, we remember, has no disc drive: its owners could then continue to enjoy their entire toy library – for example all the Xbox One games acquired in the past – despite the 100% digital aspect of their console. This would further expand the possibilities of retrogaming.

A future solution for video games?

If the prospect is envisaged for the Xbox Series S, the same is true for future consoles from Microsoft. Nowadays, everything dematerialized is not just a trend but a real mode of industrial consumption, enough so that, already in 2020, the company, like its competitor Sony, each offered two versions of their machine, with and without Blu-Ray player.

With this patent and this accessory, Microsoft could thus offer future machines without any disk drive (which is hanging in our face according to many) while offering an alternative so as not to lose your collection. A very good idea.

However, other questions remain, in particular on the very functioning of the system: would it allow to permanently add a game to its library once scanned (which would skew the market a bit, since a simple loan would then work) or simply to play it for a given time? Or would it rely on other mechanics yet?

We remind you that it is only a patent as it stands and nothing says that such a technology will arrive wellbut it at least has the merit of existing and of making us question the next few years of the Tenth Art.

Xbox: Microsoft files a patent that could change everything for its consoles

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