Arriving like a wet burp after the hurricane news of the PlayStation 5 a few hours before, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition on Tuesday – the long-rumored and now finally confirmed disc-less version of the Xbox One.
The system will come pre-loaded with “Minecraft,” “Forza Horizon 3” and “Sea of Thieves” and feature all of the same specs as the Xbox One S bar the 4K Blu-Ray player – a surprising removal considering it’s one of the consoles biggest advantages in its rivalry against Sony’s PS4 which only has a regular Blu-ray player. The system launches on May 7th for $249.99 – $50 less than the regular Xbox One S.
Jeff Gattis, Microsoft’s general manager of platform and devices marketing, says in a statement: “The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is about providing choice. We think of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition as an option that caters to audiences who prefer to find and play their games digitally. We’re not looking to push customers toward digital; it’s about meeting the needs of customers that are digital natives that prefer digital-based media and providing value with the most affordable Xbox One console.”
The new model arrives as the Xbox One approaches its six-year anniversary in November.