Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Microsoft may be releasing a digital-only Xbox One console next year

Microsoft may be releasing a digital-only Xbox One console next year

Sams said the new hardware doesn't mean that Microsoft is giving up on distributing games via disc.

Microsoft had considered making the Xbox One discless all along, and Sony reportedly planned to do the same for its PlayStation 4. The company is planning to release an updated console next year, but this device will not be in the Scarlett family, according to people familiar with the company's plans.

On top of this, Thurrott says that "the company also has a revised Xbox One S SKU that is targeted for later in the year that focuses exclusively on cost reduction but does feature a disc-drive for those who still prefer the traditional way to buy your games". The new disc-free hardware is also separate from Microsoft's reported plans for a streaming-focused box, codenamed Scarlett, that is now expected in the 2020 timeframe.

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A report from has claimed that Microsoft is planning on releasing a disc-less Xbox One console to capture a portion of the video-game market that isn't keen on retaining stacks of physical media. Players will be able to take their discs into participating retailers (including Microsoft Stores) and trade them in for a "digital entitlement" that can be applied to their Xbox Live account. Is it worth the lower price to be limited to digital only content?

Secondly, and perhaps just as obviously, a system without a disc drive would be cheaper to produce, meaning Microsoft could sell it at a lower price - $200 or less, in fact, according to Thurrott's report.

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