So says one former Microsoft executive. Better appreciate your discs now because evidently, they may not last much longer.

Before this generation of consoles kicked off, Microsoft had originally planned to abandon the discs and go for a digital-only approach. But they nixed this idea due to gamers who simply weren't ready to sacrifice their physical media.

Very likely, we won't get that lucky in the new generation, though, and it will "probably" extend to all next-gen consoles. This is what former president of Microsoft's Entertainment & Development Division Robbie Bach told GeekWire in a recent interview:

"Does it have a physical media? Probably not, so how does that look? Is it just a game box or is it more? What’s the balance between what an Apple TV is and what an Xbox or a PlayStation 4 is? These are really interesting questions, and the teams going to have to wrestle with those. That next generation will be a whole new game."

I suppose nobody will be surprised if discs disappear in the new generation, but perhaps the big question is: When will that be? The previous era of gaming lasted longer than any other generation in the industry's history, dragging on for 8 years (8 for Xbox, 7 for PlayStation, 6 for Nintendo); will this one be even longer? Or are we already closing in fast on the time when physical copies of games will be a thing of the past?