Microsoft Announces The All Digital Xbox One S
Microsoft in a blog post has announced the newest member of the Xbox lineup of gaming console. Dubbed the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, it is the long rumoured diskless variant of the regular Xbox One S. With no disk drive in the console, users would only be able to obtain the game licenses digitally. Because of the removed component, the company has been able to reduce the price of the gaming console by a considerable margin.
Xbox One S All Digital
The new Xbox One S All-Digital Edition as mentioned above will be the regular Xbox One S not featuring a disk drive. This insinuates all the basic specifications of the regular version will remain intact. So, one could expect the regular’s 4K streaming, Spatial Audio and HDR Support on board. With the All-Digital version, Microsoft is bundling three games, namely Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves with the console. An additional 1TB Hard Drive is available on the Xbox One S.
To facilitate the purchase of digital gaming titles on the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, Microsoft is also promoting its Xbox Game Pass. It is a subscription service by the company which lets users play over a hundred gaming titles. A disadvantage of an all-digital version of the gaming console has over its regular variant is the missing Blueray support because of the lack of a physical disk drive.
Pricing & Availability
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Microsoft has launched the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition in the US for the price of US$ 249 (Rs. 17,300) and it is available to pre-order starting today. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t announced when the gaming console will make its way to the Indian market, however, it is unlikely to launch in India. The reason for that is cited for the abundance of the stocks of regular variant of the Xbox One S. Additionally, all digital game titles are still not as popular as physical ones in the country.