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Xbox One S All-Digital Edition launches May 7

Disc-less rendition of console to come with three games, costs $250 at launch

Today during its regular Inside Xbox event, Microsoft revealed its long-rumored digital-only version of the Xbox, officially called the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition and planned for launch on May 7.

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition confirmed rumors that have circulated recently of a console nearly identical to the current Xbox One S systems, including a 1TB harddrive, supporting 4K Ultra HD Video and HDR, and coming with a single wireless controller. However, per its name, it does not include the physical disc drive and cannot play physical games.

As a result, it will cost $50 less than its disc-drive-including cousin, and will launch at a price of $249.99. It will remain $50 cheaper than the Xbox One S permanently, meaning if the Xbox One S receives a sale or price discount, so will the All-Digital Edition.

In addition, the All-Digital Edition will launch with three games included - Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3. Owners of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will also find a deal for three months of Xbox Game Pass for $1 (normally $30) when they sign in to Xbox Live on the console's May 7 launch.

During the same presentation, Microsoft also announced Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate, a single subscription service combining Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for $15/month. Game Pass Ultimate does not yet have a release date and may not be available yet at the launch of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.

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Anthony Gowland Director, Ant Workshop7 months ago
Crazy price point, you can buy an S with a disc drive and a game for roughly the same, and not be tied in to digital store pricing.

Also wonder if they realise they've called it the "Xbox One SAD Edition"?
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Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve7 months ago
I guess when you think about it, a disc drive really doesn't cost much. I doubt it takes the manufacture cost per unit down by anything more than $10 at most for Microsoft. It does make you question though why they bothered if they weren't prepared to cut the price more significantly.

If you never planned on buying anything physically but were already going to buy an Xbox One anyway, it's a nice little discount, but I doubt this will do anything significant to convert people that were sitting on the fence.
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Chris Nash QA Engineer 7 months ago
The regular Xbox One S is still the better proposition in my eyes, due to its capabilities as a 4K Blu-ray player. The SAD edition is entirely beholden to streaming providers, and the consequence of stream compression meaning that so-called "UHD" is often not as sharp as the equivalent Blu-ray.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 7 months ago
I have two main issues with this system. First, the price. I agree that this system should have been cheaper, especially considering I bought my Xbox One S two years ago for $199 new at Walmart. They could have had this system selling out everywhere had they priced it at $150.

Secondly, 1 TB hard drive....seriously? Microsoft has been in the console business for less time than Nintendo and Sony but all three of them really have to start taking game storage more seriously. Yes you can upgrade to an external hard drive but in the era of 50+ GB game installs we should get 2 TB hard drives as a minimum, especially a system like this. I'll be extremely curious to see how well this system performs for the remainder of the year.

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