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Xbox Patent Could Allow You to Play Discs on a Discless Console

News @andrew_andrew__ May 14, 2022, 1:13 pm EDT | 1 min read MicrosoftWhile it’s certainly a bargain, the Xbox Series S’ inability to play discs can cause a lot of frustration, especially if you own a bunch of old games. But a new patent from Microsoft shows that the “digital only” console could gain disc-playing…

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While it’s certainly a bargain, the Xbox Series S’ inability to play discs can cause a lot of frustration, especially if you own a bunch of old games. Microsoft has just filed a patent that shows the console can play discs.

As discovered by Game Rant, a Microsoft patent describes how gamers could play discs on the Xbox Series S or Xbox One S. It’s a wonky plan, but it makes sense–use an external disc drive (an Xbox One in this example) to verify that you own a physical game. Your disc-less console can then download the game from the Xbox servers.

A patent showing how an external console or disc drive could verify physical games on an Xbox Series S.
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Obviously, Microsoft should just sell an add-on disc drive for its consoles. The patent describes a system that is more than enough. This would make the Xbox Series S experience much more enjoyable, provided you have an Xbox One (or another disc-enabled device).

There is one problem. What’s holding me back from purchasing a physical game and running it through this service. Can I return it or resell it? Microsoft may only allow your Xbox Series S temporary access for any physical games you own. If that is the case, an Xbox One may be required to remain on standby in order to scan your discs.

Keep in mind that this patent is only a patent. This patent may not become a service and, judging from its complexity, it is unlikely that Microsoft will pursue it. It’s fascinating to see Microsoft address the Xbox Series X’s greatest problem, which is, wait, selling an add-on disk drive! It’s not difficult!

Source: Game Rant

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