Microsoft is looking for a way to make the console compatible with physical games

In an old patent recently unearthed, Microsoft describes a system allowing the Xbox Series S to play physical games. To do this, the game would have to be inserted into an external drive and then, thanks to an Internet connection, its data would then be hidden on the console. A good idea, but which raises some questions from a security point of view.

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A few years ago, some prophets predicted the end of physical games. It is clear that over time, the industry is moving more and more in this direction. Steam has made it its business for years, while the PS5 Digital Edition and the Xbox Series S are living proof that the demand for dematerialized is indeed present. Nevertheless, interest in physical play is still far from gone.

If only for the backward compatibility offered by the two consoles, some players who have purchased the latter could find themselves very annoyed not to be able to enjoy their old titles. Also, it’s been a few years since Microsoft thought about a way to allow the Xbox Series S to play these physical games. Already at the time of the Xbox One, the firm had imagined a system where users could return their games in exchange for a download code.

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Microsoft imagines a system to play physical games on Xbox Series S

But the firm did not stop there since a new patent has just surfaced. This one is not recent since it dates from 2018, but the concept remains interesting. In the latter, Microsoft describes a disc drive system that would support physical games from Xbox. Once analyzed, the system sends a validation by Internet to the Xbox Series S of the user, so that this one recognizes it owner.

It would thus be possible to transfer its data, backups, etc., via a local connection. As you will have understood, this will pose serious security questions. If the Xbox Series has so far held up against hackers, such a device would necessarily be more vulnerable to attacks. This is probably one of the reasons why Microsoft has not yet released the system later.

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