After recent rumours swirled about a disc-less Xbox, Microsoft today unveiled the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which does exactly what it says on the tin. If you're the type of player who has a large collection of games on disc, this new Xbox isn't really meant for you.
It's actually worse than that, of course: Xbox Live Gold is often on sale, and you can now get three months of Xbox Game Pass for just $1. So one year of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, billed monthly, amounts to about $180, the same price as the two subscriptions combined. It looks the same as any other Xbox One S with the important distinction that there's no drive slot on the front.
The new disc-less Xbox One S isn't a good deal.
$250 Xbox One S All-Digital Edition announced
The console will be released on May 7, according to Kotaku alumni Keza MacDonald at The Guardian. Basically, this is Xbox Live Gold plus Xbox Game Pass for $14.99 a month. That library includes a variety of games from both Microsoft and third-party publishers, but the biggest benefit of the service is it hosts all Xbox-exclusive games the day they launch.
What does the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition come with? The regular U.S. price for this online library of games is $9.99 / £7.99 per month.
With that in mind, this new Xbox One S could be an attempt to subtly acclimate gamers to the notion of giving up more control of their gameplay.
The Xbox E3 2019 press conference has a date: June 9. They require Xbox LIVE Gold to play with others online, making the Xbox One S a doorway into more service purchases.More news: FBI Looks for Woman 'Infatuated' With Columbine Shooting
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