It's a slow news day today, so a big hand please for Aaron Greenberg, chief of staff for Microsoft's devices and studios group. He's just poured cold water all over last week's big rumour about a forthcoming $399 Xbox One.
In case you missed it, the rumour began life on NeoGAF, and has been corroborated by a number of self-styled insiders. There are two sides to the story: first off, Microsoft is allegedly working on a new Xbox One model with no disc drive; and secondly, it's claimed that the original Xbox One model will get a price cut later this year - down to roundabouts the price of the PS4.
Asked to comment on the price cut in particular, Greenberg tweeted a firm denial:
@TheAnchormanV No, you cannot believe everything you read on the internet..— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) February 1, 2014
Microsoft Studios corporate VP Phil Spencer was a little more enigmatic, however:
@xUNIFIEDx No comments on all the posts obviously but is kind of a bummer. Gets people worked up over things that we didn't say.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 1, 2014
What do you make of all that? An Xbox One price cut is inevitable - this kind of thing is standard practice for the hardware business, and business in general - but the prospect of a disc-free Xbox One seems questionable. As Spencer told us last year, Microsoft considered this during the run-up to the Xbox One's launch, but decided that digital distribution wouldn't cut it for everybody.
"Obviously, after the [Xbox One] announcement and E3, there was some feedback about what people wanted to change," he said at the time. "There was a real discussion about whether we should have an optical disc drive in Xbox One or if we could get away with a purely disc-less console, but when you start looking at bandwidth and game size, it does create issues."
The original NeoGAF leaker has made a number of other claims, some of which have appear to hold water. Here's a list of the likelier reports. Thanks for the heads-up, Engadget.
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