The rumors were true. Microsoft has announced an Xbox variant without an optical drive called Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. It looks the same as any other Xbox One S with the important distinction that there is no drive slot in the front. Microsoft will promote game downloads, and is including some of them for free with the console. That could push some people to put $ 250 in the device when it starts in a few weeks, but the price still seems too high.
Without the optical drive, Microsoft's new gaming console has been able to play its existing games or Blu-ray movie discs. However, any digital Xbox content will be available in the All-Digital Edition. This seems to be similar to a new attraction for new players who do not have a library of now useless discs. It also works perfectly in the subscription of recently revealed games passes and in the transmission technology of xCloud games.
The All-Digital Edition console comes with free downloads of Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3 and Minecraft. Microsoft also emphasizes that all its games are saved and backed up in the cloud. You only need a fast Internet connection to access them at short notice. You can at least pre-load new games in the All-Digital Edition to start playing them as soon as they are live. That could be even faster than placing a disk on a disk that requires installation and patching on launch day.
Other variants of Xbox One S only come with a single game (if it exists), but the price in the All-Digital Edition is still a bit suspicious. It's $ 250, which is $ 50 less than the MSRP in the regular One S. However, that console (with a game) is often on sale for $ 250 or less. You may get more content packaged with the fully digital Edition, but you will lose access to the game discs forever.
Introducing the 1TB Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.
✅ Go totally digital with games without disc.
✅ Games, saves and backups are safe in the cloud.
Mine Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves downloads included
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To justify the purchase of the Xbox One All-Digital Edition, you must take into account the cost of digital games. You can buy cheap used games and digital titles will go on sale less often. Microsoft would like to sell the subscription to Game Pass, which includes more than 100 digital titles such as Fallout 4, Doom and several Halo games. It costs $ 10 per month, but you also need a subscription to Xbox Live Gold for approximately $ 5 more per month.
Start the all digital edition of Xbox One S on May 7, and you can place an advance order now. Although, this feels like a product that will come down in price in a short time. The advance order may not be the right way.