Analyst: Digital-Only Xbox 720 'Unlikely'

<a target="_blank" href="http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1219595p1.html">Durango</a>, Xbox 720, NextBox &#x2013; call it whatever you like, but one analyst doesn't believe that it will be a digital-only platform. Via a research note, Cowan & Company analyst Doug Creutz addressed reports that Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 360 successor would <a target="_blank" href="http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/122/1220412p1.html">forego a disc-drive in favor of an all-digital distribution platform</a>, stating the move would be too risky.<br/><br/>"We believe a digital-only next-gen Xbox is unlikely given risks to both Microsoft's market share and the gaming ecosystem as a whole from any attempt to kill used games," Creutz said. "However, we do believe that Microsoft may be targeting a cheaper physical solution in an effort to get the initial price of the box down and speed up new console adoption, which would be bullish for software publishers."<br/><br/>Additionally, Creutz speculated on a time frame for the system's release. "Although not yet confirmed by Microsoft, we believe the next generation Xbox console could launch in the fall of 2013," Creutz said.<br/><br/>Do you think there's weight to this? How would you feel about an all-digital Xbox?<br/><br/>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.computerandvideogames.com/340996/xbox-720-may-launch-autumn-2013-digital-only-unlikely-analyst/">CVG</a><br/><br/><br><br/><br/>&#169;2012-03-22, IGN Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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