Microsoft Reveals a Disc-Less Xbox One S
Stealing the spotlight away from the PlayStation 5 buzz was none other than Microsoft revealing its Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. The perfectly timed announcement came yesterday during an “Inside Xbox” video presentation. Microsoft says that the new version “was created for those who prefer to find and play their games digitally and are looking for the most affordable way to play Xbox games.”
At $249.99, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition comes in $50 below the original Xbox One S, which was released in August 2016. Each console will also come with three of their most popular games – Minecraft, Froza Horizon 3, and Sea of Thieves. Jeff Gattis, Micrsoft’s general manager of Platform and Devices Marketing, said they expect to maintain “at least this price difference between the two consoles.”
“We’re not looking to push customers toward digital,” explained Gattis. “It’s about meeting the needs of customers that are digital natives that prefer digital-based media. Given this is the first product of its kind, it will teach us things we don’t already know about customer preferences around digital and will allow us to refine those experiences in the future. We see this as a step forward in extending our offerings beyond the core console gamer.”
Minus the Blu-ray drive, the All-Digital Edition bears no difference to its predecessor. Both versions of the Xbox One S are exactly the same size and shape with identical CPUs, GPUs, hard drives. Gattis addressed this seemingly missed opportunity to possibly make the console thinner or otherwise special in some way by noting that these types of changes are both complex and costly.
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is available for pre-order now and is slated to ship and become available at retailers starting May 7.