Disc-less Xbox One S console could launch as early as May
It could also be the cheapest Xbox One currently on the market.
Rumors have been floating around about a disc-less Xbox One S console for a while now and according to a new report from Windows Central, not only is that rumor true but there is a release date for the console, as well.
Called the Xbox One S All-Digital, it looks just like current Xbox One S consoles but is missing the disc drive and eject button. According to the product shots Windows Central received, the model will include a 1TB hard drive. In addition to the somewhat beefy hard drive, it could also include three games with the offering: Sea of Thieves, Minecraft, and Forza Horizon 3.
I’m a bit surprised the company isn’t springing for the new Horizon 4, but with the fourth iteration available on Xbox Game Pass, maybe it’s the company’s way to get people interested in that service.
Windows Central says that according to the documents they received the launch date could be May 7, 2010, with all current Xbox markets being targetted for the new console. There is no word on pricing yet, but it looks that it would be the cheapest offering out of all the current Xbox models, which could be great for players looking to dip their toes into the Xbox ecosystem. It seems that this console isn’t meant to be a replacement to the current lineup, but just another way for gamers to play games.
With Microsoft obviously looking at game streaming with Project xCloud and new ways to utilize Xbox Live services, the addition of a disc-less console makes sense. The company recently showed off Forza Horizon 4 being played on an Android phone, and if game streaming is a big priority to the company, a disc-less console fits that theme.
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