Xbox One S All-Digital Edition rumored to launch soon

Microsoft could potentially be launching its Xbox One S All-Digital Edition as early as May.

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Microsoft has been working for quite some time now on a rumored project that may or may not be a disc-less Xbox One S console.

As reported by Thurrott.com, the console was reportedly targeting a Q1 2019 launch window at the time. It seems we're now in that very window, and now according to Windows Central, we could be seeing the disc-less Xbox One S console, codenamed Xbox Maveick, releasing in early May 2019 with pre-orders coming mid-April 2019. There's a projected near-global launch for all Xbox markets as well.

The Xbox One S with no disc drive would be a first for Microsoft, and would no longer offer players the ability to play their games from a disc drive, obviously. It would instead mean that players would have to rely only on digital copies of games and the licenses that go with them, making an online connection an absolute necessity.

Xbox One S with a regular disc drive

With subscriptions like the Xbox Game Pass service available, as well as the upcoming Project xCloud option, this kind of future seems more viable than ever, but it's not an option all players will be ready to adopt, obviously. However, it will likely result in a much cheaper console option since there's no disc drive to drive up costs, and that's definitely going to be a point for many buyers – how cheap they can get the system.

Unfortunately, there's no word out there just yet on how much the console could cost, or what changes it would see in addition to the removal of the disc drive. Microsoft may have other news up its sleeve in the future as well, such as a possible Fortnite Edition console with a special Fortnite design instead of just a bundle with the game included. It's not clear if this system would be a disc-less console or what kind of special concessions it would make, but it's something that's definitely on the horizon – and we'd believe it, with how popular Fortnite consistently remains.

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    March 5, 2019 12:35 PM

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      March 5, 2019 1:48 PM

      Bye Gamestop,

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        March 5, 2019 2:18 PM

        With the unfortunate side effect of "bye game ownership"

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          March 5, 2019 3:07 PM

          People seem alright with Steam.

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            March 5, 2019 4:03 PM

            On PC you aren't locked into a single storefront, though. I think that's a pretty big differentiating factor.

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              March 5, 2019 4:07 PM

              Plenty of people here seemingly prefer only a single storefront already and resisted even new store fronts popping up and challenging their store.

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                March 5, 2019 5:02 PM

                I think people were a little more pissed off that epic was buying up exclusive rights to 3rd party games I dont think anyone has problems with more online game stores.

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                March 5, 2019 5:10 PM

                I resist EA and Ubi. I'm just fine with GOG.

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              March 5, 2019 4:11 PM

              Also on XB1 you can get the EA Access sub that's similar to Xbox Game Pass but for EA titles.

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                March 5, 2019 4:13 PM

                really? that's pretty cool, I imagine MS would be cooler than that than Sony ever would be.

                I guess the new gamepass stuff will let you play cross platform, too, so that adds a bit more competition to the mix too (for Switch owners).

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            March 5, 2019 4:21 PM

            Which is why I try to buy everything on GOG, where you have the option of downloading and storing the installer and patches.

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              March 5, 2019 4:23 PM

              Yeah, I opt for GOG versions over Steam these days. But I'm not against getting games from Origin or UPlay either. I even bought games on Discord too.

              In the end all the games are on the same PC.

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          March 5, 2019 4:45 PM

          people have happily given up on music and movie ownership, no reason to think games are special

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      March 5, 2019 2:14 PM

      Somebody once told me the PS4 is gonna roll me
      I ain't the sharpest console in the shed
      She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb
      In the shape of an "X" on her forehead
      Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming
      Dutch the Kinect and I hit the ground running
      Didn't make sense not to live for fun
      Your brand gets smart but your CEO gets dumb
      So much to do, so much to see
      So what's wrong with taking 3rd place?
      You'll never know if you don't go
      You'll never shine if you don't glow
      Hey now, you're an all-star, get your game on, go play
      Hey now, you're a rock star, get the show on, get paid
      And all that glitters is games with gold
      Only shooting staaaaaaars make the Xbox game division foldddddd

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        March 5, 2019 2:30 PM

        Pretty good, got some syllable problems but it's still pretty good.

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        March 5, 2019 4:53 PM

        I give the overall result a B, but I give you an A for effort

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      March 5, 2019 2:19 PM

      I'm interested in cheap enough. I have a lot of digital xbox one and 360 compatible with One games.

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      March 5, 2019 2:24 PM

      "it will likely result in a much cheaper console option since there's no disc drive to drive up costs" I really doubt that.

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        March 5, 2019 2:51 PM

        The actual reduction in costs might be like 10 or 20 bucks, but I could see them cutting the price by $50-$100 because they will definitely make that back in digital sales. Most people will buy more than a couple games over the console's liftetime.

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          March 5, 2019 4:48 PM

          Dude, print pack, and shipping of discs at volume is probably about $1.25 -1.75 in COGS a game tops at the volumes you're dealing with there fully delivered to the store.

          This is how video games are manufactured: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-xonxFWRIM except at this stage they're even faster.

          Source: I used to run a video game store.

          PS - I am unsure if you're trolling in your post and im just biting hard on it.

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            March 5, 2019 5:10 PM

            I was talking about the disc drive itself.

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              March 5, 2019 5:37 PM

              oh wait, now I see what you were talking about.

              Digital-only console won't have used sales, and has software marked down less severely and less frequently. But I could be wrong on how fast that recoups their 50 or 100 bucks.

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      March 5, 2019 2:56 PM

      Cool but not for me.

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      March 5, 2019 4:40 PM

      I am kind of curious in the size of it. I might be interested in it for travel purposes if it is decently smaller than my current S.

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      March 5, 2019 5:33 PM

      Anyone think they're going to slap an SSD into this thing?

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        March 5, 2019 6:11 PM

        For $100 more, they'll give you an additional 128gb