Digital-only Xbox One planned for 2019 claim rumours

Isaac Cain
November 18, 2018

With the end of November fast approaching, that could only mean one thing - the Black Friday season is already upon us.

While there isn't an official confirmation from Microsoft on this information just yet, the report details that the console is slated to release in 2019 and will not allow users to insert discs into the console.

On top of all of that, the site reports that Microsoft is planning to kick off a "disc-to-digital" program to help smooth the transition that will let people trade Xbox One discs for digital game codes to be used on the new disc-less console at permitted retailers.

The decision to axe the system's disc drive was reportedly driven by two main factors. Instead, it'll be an entry-level Xbox One that could cost as little as $200.

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Under Phil Spencer, Microsoft is investing heavily in its Xbox brand and announced the acquisition of a couple of new gaming studios over the weekend.

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". A disc-less Xbox One does seem likely with Microsoft's push into digital distribution, but I wouldn't expect the company to drop disc support for its next console.

Taking the above deals into consideration, the Microsoft Store easily has the best offers among the brick-and-mortar stores providing discounts on Xbox Live subscriptions, especially for those who simply want to give the service a try for a month.

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