Xbox One S All-Digital Drops the Disc Drive But Still Costs a Cool $250

Xbox One S All-Digital Drops the Disc Drive But Still Costs a Cool $250

After months of rumors, the Xbox One S All-Digital is officially revealed.

During today's Inside Xbox show Microsoft officially confirmed its digital-only Xbox One S. Dubbed the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, the new console model will not have a physical media drive and will only play digitally downloaded media. The Xbox One S All-Digital is coming out on May 7 and will cost $249.99.

Details of the Xbox One S All-Digital has been circulating for some time, culminating in a leak over this week from European retailers that accurately called the price and release date for the new Xbox One S console. The $249.99 price point is $50 cheaper than the Xbox One S, which retails for $299. But most online retailers have the Xbox One S on sale for much cheaper.

The Xbox One S All-Digital is designed to work alongside Microsoft's new software subscriptions like the Xbox Game Pass, which allows members access to a library of games for a monthly price of $9.99. You can see a list of Xbox Game Pass games here.

Alongside Microsoft's Netflix-like Game Pass service, Microsoft is also working on a streaming service called XCloud which works similarly to Google Stadia. A digital Xbox One S could work well with a service like XCloud in the future, though today the focus is mainly on the Xbox One S All-Digital and how it'll work with Game Pass.

Microsoft could be testing out an all-digital Xbox One S system in preparation for next-gen where it's rumored that one of Microsoft's new Xbox consoles could be digital only. Though those are still just rumors at this point.

The Xbox One S All-Digital will include 1TB storage and three free games: Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3, and Minecraft. Pre-orders for the Xbox One S All-Digital is available now.

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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