Microsoft is about to launch an excellent cheaper Xbox One S. In order to chop prices, the corporate is eradicating the Blu-ray disc drive altogether. According to leaked advertising and marketing pictures noticed by WinFuture (by way of Thurrott), the console may launch on May seventh for €229 in Germany.
Given that the launch is only a few weeks away and that these advertising and marketing pictures line up completely with previous rumors, likelihood is that is the true deal.
As you may see on WinFuture’s pictures, it appears to be like precisely like an Xbox One S with out the disc slot. The console is named Xbox One S All Digital and comes with a 1TB exhausting drive — most traditional Xbox One S consoles at the moment additionally function a 1TB exhausting drive.
Microsoft states clearly that this console is just for digital video games. If you have already got bodily Xbox One video games, you gained’t have the ability to insert them within the console.
Customers get three video games free of charge with the console by means of obtain codes — Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3. You can then purchase extra video games within the on-line retailer or subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass to entry a library of video games.
This mannequin ought to value €229 in Germany, however you would possibly have the ability to purchase it for much less. For occasion, an Xbox One S formally prices €299 on Microsoft’s website, however you may simply purchase it for €200 on Amazon and thru different retailers.
Microsoft often makes use of the identical value factors in USD, so I wouldn’t be stunned if the Xbox One S All Digital formally prices $229 within the U.S.
It’s clear that Microsoft is testing the market with this console. The firm has been pivoting to a subscription mannequin. The Xbox model is evolving from a gaming console model to a service model. This must be Microsoft’s key differentiating issue with the subsequent technology of consoles.