Disc-free Xbox One S could land on May 7th

Microsoft is
about to launch an even cheaper Xbox One S. In order to cut costs,
the company is removing the BluRay disc drive altogether. According
to leaked marketing images spotted by WinFuture (via
Thurrott
), the console could launch on May 7th for €229 in
Germany.

Given that the launch is just a few weeks away and that those
marketing images line up perfectly with
previous rumors
, chances are this is the real deal.

As you can see on WinFuture’s images, it looks exactly like an
Xbox One S without the disc slot. The console is called Xbox One S
All Digital and comes with a 1TB hard drive — most standard Xbox
One S consoles currently also feature a 1TB hard drive.

Microsoft states clearly that this console is only for digital
games. If you already have physical Xbox One games, you won’t be
able to insert them in the console.

Customers get three games for free with the console through
download codes — Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3.
You can then buy more games in the online store or subscribe to the
Xbox Game Pass to access a library of games.

This model should cost €229 in Germany, but you might be able
to buy it for less. For instance, an Xbox One S officially costs
€299 on
Microsoft’s website
, but you can easily buy it for €200 on
Amazon and through other retailers.

Microsoft usually uses the same price points in USD. So I
wouldn’t be surprised if the Xbox One S All Digital officially
costs $229 in the U.S.

It’s clear that Microsoft is testing the market with this
console. The company has been pivoting to a subscription model. The
Xbox brand is evolving from a gaming console brand to a service
brand. This should be Microsoft’s key differentiating factor with
the next generation of consoles.

Source: FS – All Tech News 2
Disc-free Xbox One S could land on May 7th