According to reports and rumors, Microsoft’s disc-less Xbox One S is going to be launched on May 7th. Some tech media groups managed to obtain the documents that revealed the date of launch along with the art images of the box. These images have since been recreated by these media groups.
According to rumors, the name for this console by Microsoft is “Xbox One S All-Digital Edition”. This new model will be featuring a new type of console without its usual Blu-Ray Drive. Although it is still not clear as to what the price of this new console will be, there is speculation that removing the Blu-ray drive will decrease the price of console further down.
As for confirmation by Microsoft on their plans of creating a disc-less version of the Xbox One S console, there are still no comments on it.
However, at the same time, there are rumors about April and May retail dates where the company is planning to add in a 1TB HDD in this new model. In addition to this, Microsoft will also add the digital versions of popular games like following.
- Forza Horizon 3
- Sea of Thieves
The rumors also state that Microsoft is planning to ship these new consoles along with an option for the pre-installed versions of any games they like before the console is sent by shipping to consumers.
This move from Microsoft to create a disc-less console seems a logical step as the company has been pursuing the marketing of their certain subscription service by the name “Xbox Game Pass”. This service offers the users with access to over 100 Xbox games of their choosing. Games like Crackdown 3 as well as Sea of Thieves were first to make it on to this subscription service. Recently, Microsoft has also added in the Minecraft on the service as well.
In addition to these new discs-less consoles, Microsoft has been also working on their certain service named “Project XCloud”. This service aims to provide the users to stream games over their PCs as well as their mobile devices from anywhere and anytime. For the cloud servers of Project XCloud, Microsoft is also reported to be using the hardware of Xbox One S. thus, a digital console would be a major help to boosting the service.