Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Microsoft's Building a Disc-Less Xbox One for Release in 2019

Microsoft's Building a Disc-Less Xbox One for Release in 2019

When Microsoft launched the Xbox One, it banked hard on the idea that gamers would favor digital content over physical discs - a gamble it had to backtrack on nearly immediately after the console was announced.

In addition to the new console, there will be a "disc-to-digital" program that, as the name states, turns your physical games into digital downloads. Instead, it'll be an entry-level Xbox One that could cost as little as $200.

Apparently, this new Xbox One will launch at some point next year, with spring 2019 being mentioned specifically by Sams' sources. According to Brad Sams from Thurrott.com, Microsoft may announce two new consoles next year: a newer version of the Xbox One S that would be a cost saver for Microsoft, as well as a cheaper Xbox version with no disc drive. The original Xbox One model launched in 2013 but has since been discontinued.

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While Microsoft is still revising the Xbox One hardware, the company's next-generation console is already in the works, going by the codename "Scarlett". And if this is making you nervous because you have a large collection of physical discs for your current Xbox, Microsoft has you covered.

With Microsoft starting to invest heavily in its Game Pass subscription service, this latest report holds some credence. Streaming games would require a strong internet connection, but would greatly reduce the amount of power and storage space needed to deliver a premium gaming experience.

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