Microsoft has been planning to add another console to its Xbox line-up. And the upcoming disc-less gaming console named the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition might be the next console from the technology giant. According to a leak online on thurrott, the new console will be available for pre-orders from April 2019 and will be available to purchase from May 2019. Microsoft is also planning to launch the ‘disc-less’ Xbox One S to global markets at around the same time.
A disc-less Xbox is Microsoft’s new approach in the gaming console arena. Earlier, Microsoft launched the Xbox Game Pass which is a Netflix-style subscription service for videogames along with Project xCloud video game streaming service. The new launches suggest that Microsoft is planning to go ‘all-digital’ with its gaming consoles and services.
As the name suggests, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will offer games without the use of discs, players can choose the games they want to play from the wide variety of games available on Microsoft’s online game center. With the Xbox game pass, the players can pay for the games they want to play. They can even purchase the games from the online catalog and store in the console’s memory or on cloud. While the xCloud streaming service will let them stream and view other streamers of the game online.
The current Xbox One S is priced at Rs 21,400 while the upcoming Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will most likely be priced lower than the Xbox One S. Earlier, a report claimed that the new console will be priced at $200 (approximately Rs 14,200).
In India, console gaming is still not as popular as PC gaming, so the ‘disc-less’ version of Xbox One might not be a hit in the Indian gaming community for many reasons. First, many popular new and old titles are currently not available in India such as Below, Fortnite, Dead Rising 4 etc. Furthermore, there is no information on their launch date yet. Secondly, even today many people do not have high speed internet access so an ‘All Digital’ edition of Xbox One which will purely rely on high-speed internet for gameplay and downloads might not be a hit. Third, gaming and streaming games is still a growing platform in India so, it will take a while before it becomes mainstream.
All in all, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will be the newest and probably the first fully digital gaming console.