Rumors have been swirling for a while now that Microsoft was planning on releasing an Xbox One S model without a disc drive. Those rumors surfaced again today as new reports suggest this Xbox One S "All-Digital Edition" could be available as early as next month.
According to Windows Central, the new Xbox is codenamed "Xbox Maverick" and is like the disc-less console rumored late last year. This means that it will be like the PSP Go in that players will have to digitally download the games they want onto their Xbox One S. Microsoft is also supposedly working on a service that will pre-install select games onto the console before shipping it to customers.
The Xbox One S digital edition fits well with Microsoft's digital focus. Services like the Xbox Game Pass already gives players access to an all-digital library of games, while Microsoft is gearing up its Project xCloud streaming service. The removal of the disc drive also means the price of the console should be lower than the current Xbox One S, though price points haven't been revealed.
Previously, there were rumors that Microsoft was readying a digital-only console as part of its next-gen line-up. Now it seems those rumors may have been referring to the Xbox One S Digital Edition. But the reports suggest that the next-gen Scarlett and Anaconda consoles could have discless features depending on the success of the All-Digital Edition.
We'll hopefully hear more about Xbox's current plans in a few weeks at GDC where Microsoft is expected to detail the future of Xbox Live and Game Pass. Check back at USG for our complete GDC coverage then.