While the Microsoft Xbox Series S console is beloved for its low cost and high performance, it can’t replace the Series X model that has an optical drive to store game discs. The company has already filed a patent application to describe the problem. “Assessment to ownership of optical disk software using a 3rd party device”.
Although the application was originally filed in 2020, it was only published last week by the US Patent Office. Although there is no evidence to suggest that a patent has been granted, the application shows that the company wants to address the problem of users finding themselves in new reality with licensed optical disks.
The description does not provide any details on the principles of disk verification. This will require at most two devices. One of these devices must be capable of reading disks. “A disc containing electronic contents” “Verify the ownership of electronic material by the user”. The user can play their favorite games on the console without the optical drive, provided they have the proper licensed disc.
Access to content for one device is granted after it has been verified by the other, such as for the Xbox Series S. Content can also be downloaded from this console using an online service, or via another device.
The process’s mechanics are not clear. The theory goes that devices can be connected to one network and connected to other networks using the Internet. “distributed Network System”According to the application. They can also be linked to one user account or connected to multiple accounts. You can verify your device both directly and via the internet. “outside video game service”Like Xbox Live.
It is notable that the application does NOT prohibit downloading content over a network to save bandwidth or traffic in a particular area, without the mediation by centralized Microsoft servers.
According to the company, most people have extensive game disc collections. This means that those who are still interested in older titles must repurchase digital content for next-generation consoles. In addition to financial reasons, there is also an emotional attachment to old games and even nostalgia, as well as the value of “feeling” a physical drive in your hands – usually applications are described quite rarely in such categories.
This means that even though Microsoft is focusing on digital options like Game Pass or cloud-based streaming services such as Game Pass, it still has the ability to retain loyal game players.