It's no secret that digital gaming is on the rise, and no console maker has been more outspoken about the digital future than Microsoft. Speaking to Eurogamer, in an article published earlier today, Phil Harrison stated that a digital-only future is an inevitability.
Well, I'm not going to make any speculation on future hardware, but the general trend of the world is to be more digital and less physical. That is in our opinion an unstoppable force.
Harrison spoke about parts of East Asia, namely Korea, which have done away with disc-based games. These areas have gone completely digital, and Harrison believes that it is only a matter of time before the west catches up.
Of course, this could potentially raise a problem with rural areas that may not have the required connection to stay up to snuff in the digital age, which is one of the reasons why Microsoft decided to back off from some of their more internet-centric policies. While a digital-only gaming industry may be inevitable, it could still be quite a ways off.
Harrison also hinted at the possibility of Microsoft striking an interactive TV deal with Sky Sports and the Premier League. While he wouldn't give an official answer on the subject, he did mention that a large team was currently working on some “really interesting things”. It's been known for a little while that Microsoft has been actively pursuing deals of this nature, so it's no surprise that they'd have something in the works.