14 March 2019
If you are someone who is a gaming enthusiast, you must have heard of Microsoft's plans to release an Xbox One gaming console with no disk support. It is something that the company is interested in exploring in an attempt to encourage digital downloads and eventually bringing down the cost of the console. And now as per a new report, Microsoft is all set to unveil the desktop as soon as next month.
This new report is coming from Windows Central citing its own sources familiar with the matter. It mentions that the disc-less console will officially be known as the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. While the name is quite long, it does make it clear what exactly the console version is about. It is said to go on pre-orders starting mid-April 2019 with wider availability in May 2019. It is not confirmed but a simultaneous global availability is speculated sooner than later.
To clear any doubts, it should be noted that this is the same console which is also referred to as "Xbox Maverick". It is the product codename which the Xbox team uses to refer to the device internally. The exact pricing for the console is unknown but it is set to be a lot cheaper than the standard Xbox One S. This is simply because there will not be any Blu-ray disc player which will bring down the cost.
With the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, Microsoft basically wants to test the audience's reaction. There is no doubt that it is hoping for a success which in turn would mean more Xbox Game Pass users. It is a subscription-based service where gamers get to play various games at a relatively cheaper price. All these games are available as digital downloads which means they can be played on any Xbox console as long as the user is signed-in using the same account. If the company ends up achieving the set targets, there is a possibility that we might even see a disc-less Xbox One X down the line.