The next gen of xbox will have a discless one. I'm not sure on PS5 or not, but I DO know PS5 will have access to the ps4's digital and physical library. In other words, it will be backwards compatible, which is where PS4 lost this console generation.
MS is pushing hard for digital only and for restricting access. But keep in mind these are the same people that want to make Windows a subscription based platform - and it already is, they just don't charge us for it yet.
When it comes to OS"s I'm as lazy as they come, and I'm taking it on myself to learn the basics of Linux because if MS ever DOES force millions of people to pay to access win 10, I'm reinstalling win 7 on a partition and switching as much to Linux as possible.
I digressed here, but we have two potential outcomes on this path we're taking as consumers: We can either support digital only with no right of resale, or we can prolong the life of disc based systems. Your choice. They already got pc users to forget about disc drives in a lot of modern pc builds.
My question is will the PS5 be bc with PS3? I took it as a given that the PS5 would be backwards compatible with the PS4 but I need it backwards compatible with the PS3. PSNow does NOT have the the full audio experience with those titles so it is far inferior in my opinion and NOT a reasonable substitute.
Even IF it has backwards compatibility with PS3 I HATE the choice I have between Sony and MS as Sony is now CENSORING some titles and you outlined the problem with MS. Oh and these titles are on Steam so DRM. If I'm LUCKY it might be on the Switch but then what are the specs. on it for audio? 5.1, Lossless support? I know Wii U used PCM.
I think a 360 digital only model released LONG after the product cycle of the original with a 1 tb. or 2 tb. HDD and treated as a secondary market for those of lower income with aggressive sales and quite reasonable low prices as standard would've been brilliant. The specs. would also make the HDD standard swappable like the PS3 and 4 as well as firmware being updated to accept up to 256 gb. USB sticks. As for digital concerns look no further then 360's "Indie Games" some of which are exclusive and could be lost due to MS's DRM check for legitimacy, that it has to be online to even play.
edit: Oh and on a side note Sony is killing me as they will have a new PSVR model for PS5 which will likely be 4K with HDR. The problem is it will be wireless and I want a wired adapter option as I DON'T plan to use this primarily for my VR experience but movies and tv shows. I'm not thrilled to have my head baking with this just to watch tv/movies, I get it with games.
There's a rumor that the PS5 will be bc with 1-4 but only 4 in verified right now. The current PSVR headsets WILL work with the ps5, so you can keep your wired version, though it most likely won't have 4k, but who's to say?
I'm probably going with a ps5 over a new xbox next gen, because MS have been on record saying they want to bring even more xbox games to win 10.