Lately there's been a lot of debate over whether or not an optical drive is still needed. On the PC side, there's always the option for an external drive. But on a console, who would want to buy an external drive (which, if prices of current console accessories are anything to go by, would probably be pretty expensive) just to play a game without waiting hours and hours for a game to download? Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, the next generation Xbox and Playstation will keep their optical drives. Owners and managers of brick and mortar game stores can breathe a sigh of relief.
The reason is fairly obvious: internet connections are still a little slow for everyone to downloading games that fill up Blu-ray discs. In the US connections are more reliable, but in other parts of the world the same isn't true. It just makes sense to have optical discs until the internet's infrastructure is more developed all around the world. With all of the data usage that ISPs are complaining about, it's no wonder Microsoft and Sony decided to stick with optical disk drives.