Microsoft reportedly launching disc-less Xbox One S next month

Microsoft is launching a new Xbox One S with no disc drive next month. In Windows Central Microsoft will release a disc-free "Xbox One S All-Digital Edition" and expect to receive pre-orders in mid-April. The new console will be available at stores in May ahead of Microsoft's typical E3 show in June.

Codenamed the "Xbox Maverick" from November for more information on the discless console. Microsoft also rumors that this discless console is creating an option to pre-release the game so that new Xbox users can choose the game they want before the console is released.

If the report is accurate, Xbox One S is designed for digital copies of games and services such as Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft is actively pursuing the Xbox Game Pass, a subscription service that provides access to over 100 Xbox games. The software maker is launching its first Xbox game studio titles such as Sea of ‚Äč‚ÄčThieves and Crackdown 3 on Xbox Game Pass at the same time as its retail release date. Microsoft did not provide the exact number of Xbox game pass subscribers, but said it paid millions of dollars in service fees each month.

Microsoft is also preparing an xCloud game streaming service. The streaming service uses the Xbox One S hardware on the server and streams the game to the PC, console, and mobile device. Microsoft plans to launch a public trial of xCloud later this year, but a digital-only version of the Xbox One S is suitable for this service.

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