Microsoft is making its official Xbox One S diskless today. After weeks of leaks, the software maker is presenting the All-Digital Edition of Xbox One S, which is priced at $ 249 and will be available on May 7. This is a new model that will be sold along with the original Xbox One S, and the more powerful Xbox One X. The big point of sale here is that this All-Digital Edition will not ship with the Blu-ray drive, reducing the price slightly by $ 50 (recommended retail price).
Microsoft includes a 1TB hard drive in this new digital model along with the digital versions of Forza Horizon 3 Sea of Thieves and Minecraft in the box. The hardware is exactly the same as the existing Xbox One S consoles, only without the Blu-ray 4K disc.
"The all digital edition of Xbox One S costs $ 50 less than Xbox One S and we hope to keep at least this price difference between the two consoles," explains Jeff Gattis, general manager of device and platform marketing at Microsoft. This is $ 50 less than the recommended retail price of $ 299 for the existing Xbox One S, but there are regularly available package deals for around $ 230. It is not clear if we will see similar packages for this all-digital version.
. Microsoft is clearly testing the idea of just digital consoles, which was part of the original vision for the Xbox One. Microsoft had originally planned to allow Xbox One users to share any game digitally, but a backlash over the policies of used games And online verification forced the company to reverse most of its most promising plans.
Microsoft has been aggressively pushing its Xbox Game Pass recently, a subscription service that provides access to more than 100 Xbox games. Titles from Xbox Game Studios such as Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 were first released on the service, and Microsoft even recently added Minecraft to the Xbox Game Pass. A diskless console with a digital subscription to Xbox Games Pass is now a reality. Microsoft is also working on an xCloud gaming service that will transmit digital games to PCs, consoles and mobile devices.
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