Microsoft's disc-less Xbox One S gets name and launch date

Alonzo Simpson
March 22, 2019

Finally, the documents the site obtained suggest that the Xbox One S All-Digital will arrive on May 7th, 2019.

It's not the Xbox Two, but Microsoft is gearing up to release a new console in the coming months.

As digital downloads and online streaming has changed how we consume film, TV, entertainment and games, it's no huge surprise that Microsoft will soon debut its first disc-less console. That'll be a global launch too, with the disc-less Xbox One S launching in all existing Xbox markets on the same day.

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Late previous year, we heard rumours that Microsoft was planning to launch a cheaper "all digital" version of the Xbox One S without a disk drive. It's rumoured to be called Xbox One S All-Digital, and it's said to ditch the Blu-Ray disc player in favour of downloadable digital content. The console appears to look just like the Xbox One S, but without a disc drive and it will reportedly come with a 1TB hard drive along with digital codes for Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like those who pick up an Xbox One S All-Digital will get a free trial to the service, as it isn't mentioned anywhere on the box.

There's no official acknowledgement of the console's existence from Microsoft, nor any hint at how much cheaper it'll be than the Xbox One S. But it's a hint of the direction Microsoft is moving with its gaming division. Windows Central also took it upon themselves to mock up their own version of the console's potential box art based off the pictures that they have seen of the device so far. As such, if you're contemplating buying an Xbox, it'd probably be best to wait it out and see what Microsoft has to announce.

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