Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console will launch in 2013 may not have a disc drive, according to an exclusive report from gaming news site MCVUK.
According to MCV's source, Microsoft has briefed its partners on the disc-less console under an extremely strict NDA.
Word is that discs will be replaced with some form of interchangeable solid state storage -- either a proprietary Microsoft drive or an existing format like SD -- and that all games will be sold digitally, doing away with hard copies.
MCV says the new system could be announced as soon as this June, at E3 2012.
However, the rumors don't square with what Kotaku has heard, which is that the new Xbox will upgrade its format to Blu-ray discs.
When asked for a comment, Microsoft responded, "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."