Sources say Microsoft is preparing to launch a disc-less Xbox One S in the coming weeks. Officially dubbed the “Xbox One S All-Digital edition,” this upcoming console will feature all the bells and whistles of a normal Xbox One S sans the disc drive.
Interestingly, Microsoft has yet to openly acknowledge the existence of a disc-less console, however, Windows Central has published internal documents and images that suggest a May 7th release date.
Because the system lacks a disc drive, analysts say the cost to manufacture each unit will come down, thus the price of the console. Shipping with Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves, and Minecraft pre-installed, the One S All-Digital edition is rumored to have a 1TB HD for storage.
According to The Verge “Microsoft is also rumored to be creating an option to ship this disc-less console with games pre-installed, so new Xbox owners can pick the games they want installed before the console arrives at their home.”
The push towards disc-less should come as a surprise to very few as the tech giant has been heavily promoting its Xbox Game Pass subscription service since 2017. Xbox Game Pass shouldn’t be confused with the company’s streaming service called xCloud, which will be a direct competitor to Google’s Stadia.