It has been rumoured for a while, but the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition has finally been officially unveiled.
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is the same as a standard Xbox One S in all ways but one – it doesn’t have a disc drive. That means it’s the same size, uses the same peripherals and plays the same games, only they have to be downloaded rather than installed from a disc.
For those who don’t bother buying films or games on disc anymore it’s probably going to be a good way to buy into the Xbox ecosystem at a reduced cost – while its RRP of £199.99/$249.99 is more than you’d find a standard Xbox One S selling for in most stores these days, it’s £50/$50 cheaper when comparing RRPs.
Microsoft claims that the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition price difference will be maintained, meaning that when the Xbox One S goes on sale for, let’s say, £229.99/$249.99, the All-Digital Edition should cost £179.99/$199.99. Whether or not retailers will actually do that, however, remains to be seen.
In any case, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will launch on 7th May. It comes with a 1TB hard drive as standard, and three game codes are included in the box giving you ownership of Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3. To get the most out of the console, though, you’re probably going to want to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass. When the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition launches, new Xbox Game Pass members will be able to subscribe for three months for just £1/$1.