Microsoft’s next Xbox One might drop physical media

Angelica Greene
November 18, 2018

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

The device will allegedly serve as a bridging product ahead of the 2020 release of the next-gen Scarlett family of devices. Microsoft apparently has a plan for that, and that plan involves asking selected retailers to take in old discs and furnish gamers with new digital download versions.

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". But why create another console in the Xbox One family?

The goal with the new console is to lower the price point for the hardware.

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The normally reliable tech website Thurrott, which has proven links to Microsoft, claims that an Xbox One console without a disc drive will be released next spring. This "slim" offering will also feature a cheaper price point, but it will still include a drive for discs.

According to a report on Thurrott, the new sku will be at least $100 less than the current $299 base price of Xbox One S console. Members also get exclusive discounts on select titles in the Xbox Marketplace each month, too, which is a boon to those who wish to grow their game library without breaking the bank.

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