As digital downloads and online streaming has changed how we consume film, TV, entertainment and games, it's no huge surprise that Microsoft has launched its first disc-less console.
Thanks to plenty of rumors, we knew that a disc-less version of the Xbox One S was in the works for months before it appeared – and now the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is officially on sale.
Before that, it was codenamed Xbox ‘Maverick’, and Windows Central was one of the sites sharing a lot of information in advanced.
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition isn't intended to compete with the brand’s higher-end consoles and current Blu-Ray, disc-based line-up, including the X Box One S and X Box One X – but it's a cheaper, more streamlined option.
Here we've got the complete lowdown on the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, now it's out in the wild: what features it has, how much you'll have to pay to get it, and more.
Disc-less Xbox One S: Cut to the chase
- What is it? The latest Xbox One console from Microsoft. The big draw of this new console is that it's disc-less: that means there's no Blu-ray drive, and the gaming experience is digital-only.
- When is it out? The console was launched in May 2019 and is now available to buy across the world.
- How much will it cost? Prices for the all-digital box start at $249 / £199.99. As yet it's not available in Australia.
New Xbox One S All-Digital: price and availability
You can currently pick up the console in the US for $249 and up and in the UK for £199.99 and up, direct from Microsoft. Oh and you get Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3 thrown in as well.
It hasn't arrived everywhere in the world just yet though – at the time of writing, it's still listed as "coming soon" on the Xbox Australia website.
New Xbox One S All-Digital: design and features
Obviously the key feature of the Xbox One S All-Digital is that it's missing a Blu-ray drive. Apart from that it's very much identical to the Xbox One S that we've had for several years now.
No discs means everything has to be downloaded, and you've got 1TB hard drive built in. That should be plenty of room for your games, and you get three bundled with the console: Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves and Minecraft (as reported in advance by Windows Central).
Design-wise, again Windows Central was on the money with the advance rumors. The Xbox One S All-Digital looks exactly the same as the Xbox One S, but without a disc drive or (rather redundant) eject button.
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