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Xbox One S All Digital is Coming out Soon

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The Xbox One S is getting a cheaper sibling. 

On Tuesday Microsoft announced that it will be launching a new version of its Xbox One S system on May 7 that ditches the Blu-ray disc drive in favor of a cheaper $249.99 price. 

Beyond the removal of the drive, the new One S All-Digital Edition is nearly identical in both size and performance to earlier Xbox One S consoles. It comes with a 1 TB hard drive for storing games and can still stream videos in 4K HDR.

The white design is the same as the one on the current One S, with the only real difference externally being that the slot for discs now is solid plastic. 

Its just an Xbox one without a disc drive. I think the price is too high, as you can get a regular Xbox one s for cheaper if you look around a bit.

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The regular One S is currently offered for between $229.99 and $249.99 as part of bundles at outlets like Monoprice, Best Buy and even the Microsoft Store, and during the holiday shopping season often hovered closer to $200 than its official $299.99 retail price.

While Microsoft wouldn't go so far as to announce how low the One S All-Digital Edition will go, the company is putting a $50 difference between the disc and disc-less systems. It's possible that when the holidays roll around later this year the One S All Digital variant will be even cheaper.

Luckily, MS has stated that this will not be a replacement, but rather an appeal to newer markets. Though I still think it would be better at a lower price.

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There have been rumors about Microsoft wanting to ditch the disc drive for its next-generation system, but Gattis wouldn't go that far, at least not today. "This is not the end of physical media by any means. What we do think it is, is additive," he said, giving consumers a different, cheaper choice if they plan to buy digital copies of games.

He does, however, hope that by driving costs down the new Xbox will push for further innovation across the industry ahead of the new round of systems and platforms.

"At the end of the day, all this stuff is good for gamers," Gattis said. "It's going to drive innovation, it's going to drive costs down and that's a win for gamers." 

The New Xbox will be out on May 7

 

 

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2019/04/16/xbox-one-s-gets-cheaper-sibling-new-disc-less-all-digital-edition/3476962002/


 

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Optical media is dying a slow, painful death.

 

This saddens me, but the future is forward. I'd buy it, if I played console.


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I actually use mine for a BD player too, so that doesn't help me. I also couldn't get a decent 4K bluray player for $50, so it's a bad value for me.

 

My nephews were genuinely confused when I sat them down at me Xbox 360 and it couldn't play any of my games without putting the disk in, so they would be fine.

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I bought mine brand new with a disc drive and a controller for $249...

 

That was over 2 years ago.

 

I primarily use mine as a Blu Ray player. It was the cheapest 4K player I could get at the time and it’s still cheaper than a lot of options out there. Granted, I did actually buy the remote and don’t regret doing so.

 

I understand the move to all digital but I don’t have to like it. I love the look of physical games on a shelf and also like knowing that I just have a game and don’t have to rely on an internet connection or a service.

 

I actually don’t have an internet connection (and haven’t for a year for budgetary reasons) so physical media has been a saving grace. On the movie front specifically, this is much better. Far less compression.

 

All I have at home is my phone with unlimited data. Unfortunately, it’s so slow that it’s useless to tether to a computer.

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Let's be real, Xbox game discs are just another form of DRM, very little of the actual game is actually stored on the disc, so you have to download the nigh on 100gb of data for the game whether you buy the physical game or not, which sort of defeats the point of buying the game physically in the first place. 

The only advantage of buying the physical game is being able to sell it.

 

But then again, I bet a large number of XBOXs were purchased purely as a Blu-ray players because it's cheaper than a dedicated Blu-ray player with equivalent specs, and Microsoft won't make money from them, so it doesn't matter if they don't like the change


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As somebody who really enjoys owning physical media to preserve and collect, especially retro equipment... I don't like this. There's just something inherently satisfying to owning a physical copy of a game, but not so much to a digital license that's only supported so long as the publisher says so, and Microsoft is willing to continue distributing it. Don't get me wrong, there's a place for it - mostly just games I don't care enough about that I'm not concerned with preserving them in any capacity, but the Xbox as a system, there are several titles I plan on holding onto along with the console itself for the purpose of collecting them, and I'm going to be sorely disappointed if one of the titles I'm waiting for in the future ends up being digital only.

 

Also, major gripe with the console, Microsoft is selling a more expensive version of the Xbox One S with less features? It'd be significantly more compelling even remotely worth considering if they went and included a 3TB drive or MSRP started at $179. Heck, it'd even be nice if they included a user accessible 2.5" hard drive bay in place of the disc drive so users don't have to resort to ugly external solutions, but... they didn't. Instead, we have the Xbox One SAD.


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LOL, you can get a 1TB model with one AAA title for around £190-230 WITH the HD blu-ray player drive... this pricing makes no sense whatsoever. Yes discs are dying, BUT HD blu-ray drives are actually worthwhile IMO for movies, much more value than buying a stand-alone HD blu-ray player.


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9 hours ago, Shreyas1 said:

 

 

Damn, he had an XBox One S right next to it.

He could have just tried the Drive from the other Console and put it in and see what happened...

 

The PS4 Disc Drive can not be replaced by the way because its married to the board to prevend piracy...


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I've seen a lot of negative comments about this, especially on YouTube. As a PC and PS4 gamer, I'm totally fine with this move as long as the price stays low. In the conference they said that they would maintain the $50 price difference with the S, even when the S is on sale. At $200 I think this would be a very attractive product for casual gamers and I like the fact that you can get an actual console for less than the price of a "mainstream" GPU like the GTX 1660.

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1 hour ago, Arika S said:

Seems weird to release another xbox one so close to the end of this current generation with the PS5 supposedly this year and Microsoft's next Xbox being next year. Xbox better be fully backwards compatible like the PS5 will be,

PS5 is next year.

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Frankly I would love to be on the side of "physical media > digital media" for many reasons, but let's get real, we've been terrible consumer, even awful, allowing studios and publishers to release half baked games that are unplayable on the disc without downloading massive "day one patches".

Physical is dead, and we have only us to blame for it.

Now watch as we ruin it further by cheering at the word "roadmap" while they expand the trash "live service" concept.


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9 hours ago, yolosnail said:

very little of the actual game is actually stored on the disc

With MAYBE the exception of a few games, this is false. One can leave their XBOne disconnected from the internet, buy game discs, and play the games just fine.


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2 hours ago, Arika S said:

Seems weird to release another xbox one so close to the end of this current generation <snip> Xbox better be fully backwards compatible like the PS5 will be

With streaming being forefront on people's minds, and Microsoft being vocal about access to Xbox Live across all platforms...the price point for this seems utterly stupid.

They should have priced this much lower, so people are enticed into getting brand new hardware instead a deals on older models, or even the used market. Then, once the new Xbox platform is released, the they could easily to go "Oh by the way, you can stream the games from the new xbox. Only on the discless xbox one, using gamepass"

Second wind of console sales, and subscriptions for streaming services. And longer shelf life for their strangely timed new hardware release.

Infact, I assumed the only reason they're releasing this thing when they are, is if that's their game plan. So colour me confused.



 

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Not that I'd every buy an Xbox1, but I still approve of this change.

 

Physical media drives are loud, more expensive, and frankly outdated. I'm a little surprised they've lasted in consoles for as long as they did.

1 hour ago, Trixanity said:

PS5 is next year.

Source? Methinks if PS5 was just a year away, the hype train would already be rolling, yet I've heard nothing about it. 

 

Also, considering that they have all these relatively new exclusives on PS4 + more high profile exclusives coming, I highly doubt they intend to just drop a PS5 so fast. 


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19 minutes ago, Giganthrax said:

Source? Methinks if PS5 was just a year away, the hype train would already be rolling, yet I've heard nothing about it. 

 

Also, considering that they have all these relatively new exclusives on PS4 + more high profile exclusives coming, I highly doubt they intend to just drop a PS5 so fast. 

You do realize next year would leave a window of almost 20 months? They've just announced some of the specs and appears to be ready with a dev kit in some form. Also, if they started the hype too early they'll ruin their own sales of current consoles. Nobody wants the Osbourne effect. 

 

It's not fast either. The current gen is on its last legs. AMD needs time with the tech to get it ready for semi-custom work which should mean it'll be ready for production next year. 

 

Of course there's a chance they'll artificially push the launch back to 2021 but it seems unlikely. 

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That price just don't make sense.  Especially considering it is still stuck with a 1TB drive (from my own experience with my XBX and XBS, 1TB gets eaten up pretty fast).

Could they not at least beef up the internal drive if this console going to be without a disc drive?

 

On top,  I occasionaly see standard Xbox One S consoles drop at or below 250 bucks brand new around here.


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I think a lot of people stuck on the price (“I’ve seen the One S for under that!”, etc)

are missing the point. 

 

Microsoft said that even when the One S is on sale, they intend on maintaining the $50 price difference. 

 

That means expect this new one to go on sale for $200, or even lower during major sales (eg: Boxing Day or Black Friday/Cyber Monday). 


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9 hours ago, IAmAndre said:

I've seen a lot of negative comments about this, especially on YouTube. As a PC and PS4 gamer, I'm totally fine with this move as long as the price stays low. In the conference they said that they would maintain the $50 price difference with the S, even when the S is on sale. At $200 I think this would be a very attractive product for casual gamers and I like the fact that you can get an actual console for less than the price of a "mainstream" GPU like the GTX 1660.

This! I still feel incredibly stupid for buying/building a $1000 PC desktop that requires a monitor, keyboard and mouse which I hardly ever use. I would be happier with a $200 console I can hookup to any TV. I stay in hotels a lot for work. 

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