After several months of constant leaks and rumors, Microsoft finally unveiled the much anticipated Xbox One S All-Digital Edition during its Inside Xbox presentation yesterday. The console is ditching it’s Blu-Ray Disc Drive for an all-digital gaming experience by using Microsoft’s Cloud Storage Technology.
Previous leaks suggested that Microsoft’s new console will be priced at €229.99 or $260 USD, which is true to some extent now. Microsoft has officially set the price starting at $249 for Xbox One S Digital Edition.
“The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is $50 less than Xbox One S and we expect to maintain at least this price difference between the two consoles,” explains Jeff Gattis, general manager of Platform and Devices Marketing at Microsoft.
Although the console can be expected to vary region to region, the initial launch package will come with the Xbox One S All-Digital 1TB, one wireless controller, and digital download codes for Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves, and Minecraft.
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will support up to 1080p gaming with high dynamic range (HDR) for sharp, color-rich experiences. 4K HDR video playback will be supported with downloads and streaming. Other features from the Xbox One S will be carried on, including FreeSync variable refresh rates (VRR), Dolby Vision HDR, and Dolby Atmos audio. More information on that here.
“We think of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition as an option that caters to audiences who prefer to find and play their games digitally,” said Jeff Gattis, general manager of platform and devices marketing, in a press release. “We’re not looking to push customers toward digital; it’s about meeting the needs of customers that are digital natives that prefer digital-based media and providing value with the most affordable Xbox One console.”
It seems this was the perfect time for Microsoft to unveil the new Xbox console just as the Xbox One approaches its six-year anniversary in November. It is expected that old Xbox models will drop in price in the coming months so if you have been saving up for a budget console, this may be the perfect time to buy one.
Mark Cerny, the creator of PlayStation 4, also gave in more details about Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5 yesterday. The console will feature a custom AMD chip based on 3rd gen Ryzen line with 8-cores on the company new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. All rumors suggest that the new PS5 could be announced in 2020 with GTA 6 being a one-month timed exclusive for the console.
Pre-orders for the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition have begun, with a release date for 8th May 2019. You can get free shipping if you buy from Microsoft’s Store.