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Disc-Free Gaming Is an Archival Nightmare

TitleDisc-Free Gaming Is an Archival Nightmare
Publication TypeWebsite
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsKocurek, C

Microsoft's new Xbox One S launching May 7 boasts "disc-free gaming," a feature that has already raised issues about ownership and access for players. However, the upcoming xCloud game streaming service indicates Microsoft may be moving towards streaming as a dominant distribution model. If the goal is to migrate away from downloads entirely, the new Xbox disc-less console is the harbinger of what could be a pretty grim trajectory for video game history.