The rumors about a disc-less Xbox One become louder and louder. A recent report from Windows Central is sharing the name of the upcoming Microsoft video game console: Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.
The new Xbox One S will come out as an All-Digital Edition complete with an original box-art. A disc-less console means it doesn’t even have a disc slot or an eject button.
It means Microsoft’s next console will rely on it’s Xbox Live services. More so, it points even more to the company’s plan about launching a game streaming service for box Windows and Xbox. On that regard, Google is currently winning the all-inclusive, multiplatform game streaming solution with the unveil of Stadia.
According to Windows Central, the Xbox One S would look like this:
Xbox One S All-Digital Edition’s box
The console’s box will reportedly ship with a built-in 1 TB hard drive, one controller, and three games. The titles will come in the form of download codes.
- Sea of Thieves;
- Forza Horizon
By the way, Sea of Thieves is celebrating its anniversary. Thus Xbox launched a trailer with the announcement updates:
According to Windows Central’s report, the S console will debut in mid-April and hit the stores by May 7, 2019.
Microsoft is positioning the console as a budget-friendly alternative. In fact, it will be the cheapest version of the Xbox family. Furthermore, it will be cheaper and smaller than the already slim Xbox One S consoles.
However, you shouldn’t expect significant performance boosts, although it does behave better than the original Xbox One.
The future of the consoles
Safe to comment that, given what big companies are doing, the future of the video game industry will feature no discs.
It would make sense given the industry’s all-connected plans. In other words, to only launch games with some sort of online experience or revolving solely around online gaming. Such games might increase the lifespan of the title while also create a fun community to play with. The downside, as we so with Anthem or The Division 2, is the subpar story, plot or campaign it can give.
The industry has been talking back and forth about whether physical game stores would bother selling all-digital consoles. Those devices would render boxed game sales outdated, useless. Thus, it would diminish physical stores’ revenues while also becoming friendlier to the user’s budgets.
Game streaming services I was discussing above could make the whole thing moot.
We could think, for example, owning a game is like holding a book rather than buying the digital version of the thing. It’0sm something you truly own, something you can touch, see, smell, and use.
So, what do you think? Are you in favor of an all-digital gaming future?
Me? Let me share a personal story. I live in Quito, Ecuador. Videogames here are all about $60 to$70. So, if it’s an old game like GTA V, you could buy it for $60; for a newer game like Marvel’s Spiderman, you would pay $65 to $70.
However, this is if you pay in cash; if you pay in credit or debit card, expect a 40% to 50% price increase…so, above $100 because you have to “account for the taxes.”
So, yeah. I’m in with the all-digital future. Let’s cut the middleman, cut the taxes, and instead buy everything in one place, from your own couch.