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Epic Games designer doesn’t want physical discs in next-gen

9/19/12 7:00pm
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Epic Games’ Design Director Cliff Bleszinski suggested that he doesn’t want next-generation consoles to support discs during a Reddit.com IamA thread around Saturday.

 

Epic Games’ Design Director Cliff Bleszinski suggested that he doesn’t want next-generation consoles to support discs during a Reddit.com IamA thread around Saturday.

When asked by Redditor “robronie” what he wanted to see from the next-generation consoles, Bleszinski replied, “No disc based games.”

Epic Games Vice President Mark Rein suggested in a July interview with Videogamer.com that Epic Games and other developers keep close talks with Microsoft and Sony in terms of next generation technology. “Obviously we work closely with Microsoft, but we work with Sony as well. But so do all developers. In determining what the next consoles will be, I’m positive that they’re talking to lots and lots of developers and lots of middleware companies to try and shape what it is,” he said.

Rein also stated that Epic Games and other developers have been creating demos to show Microsoft and Sony how they hope the consoles could perform.

Speculation that next-gen consoles such as the next Xbox would be devoid of optical media has been a heated topic since MCVUK.com rumored that Microsoft had confirmed the next Xbox’s lack of a disc drive with business partners.

Microsoft quickly disputed the truth of this rumor. “Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumors or speculation,” it wrote to MCVUK.com.

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