It seems that Microsoft is about to bring into force the decision to drop the optical drive in the up coming models of the gaming console Xbox. This decision also kind of confirms the launch of a console that is being unofficially called Xbox 720, which is slated for a launch in 2013.
If the optical drive is eventually dropped users will be left with the option of having only a solid-state card storage system. They will then have to depend on broadband connections to download as the absence of a drive to handle Xbox 360 titles will impair the second hand market massively. This trend has earlier been seen on mobile gaming platforms like PS Vita.
Other than this not much about the specifications about the new Xbox has been let out. the console though has been tipped to come out in two different versions. One of these is expected to be an absolute delight for a hardcore gamer.
This version was teased by AMD last year and boasts of graphics as good as seen in the movie Avatar. The other one is slated to be a set-top box for the smart TV and apt for the casual gaming enthusiast. Microsoft does not offer any comments on these developments as yet.