Microsoft’s worst kept secret has finally been officially announced during the April edition of the company’s Inside Xbox live show. After weeks of unofficial leaks, Microsoft has finally unveiled the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which will come with three major games pre-installed.
As its name suggests, the All-Digital Edition will not come with a disc drive, so the only way players can get their games onto the console is to download them. The new console will be sold alongside the existing Xbox One S and will feature the exact same hardware as the original Xbox One S console, just without the disc drive.
One major advantage of Microsoft’s decision to drop the disc drive is that the All-Digital Edition will cost US$50 less than the Xbox One S. Microsoft has also stated that the price gap will stay at least this wide moving forward.
The All-Digital Edition will come with a 1TB hard drive to store the downloaded games, and will be pre-loaded with Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3.
The new console will also include a special offer, the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which combines the benefits of on Microsoft’s very own game streaming service, the Xbox Game Pass, with the Xbox Live Gold. This new Pass will give players access to a library of more than 100 games for them to download and play, as well as Xbox Live Gold’s online multiplayer in one convenient membership.
The release of the new disc-less console is hardly a surprising one given Microsoft’s steady march towards an all-digital future. They have also recently announced their upcoming streaming service, Project xCloud which will allow users to stream their Xbox One games onto their smartphones and other devices.
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will launch on May 7, for US$249.99.