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Disc-less Xbox arriving in May, report suggests

Latest information appears to confirm several rumours from last year

Rumours of the enigmatic disc-less Xbox One are doing the rounds again, this time with a little more substance.

According to Windows Central, which claims to have information from sources close to the issue, the new console is called the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.

There is no indication of price, or any other hardware specifics, but initial reports suggested that dropping the disc-drive could bring it to anywhere between $100 and $200.

Reports of the disc-less Xbox, codenamed Maverick, first surfaced in November last year after tech site Thurrott leaked information about the console suggesting a Spring 2019 launch.

The most recent information appears to confirm this, suggesting a "near-global simultaneous launch" for the disc-less console, with pre-orders going up in April this year, and hitting shelves in May.

After years in the wilderness, thanks partly to an initial price point of $499, Microsoft has made considerable strides within the last 12 months, stripping back the excess to make a competitive console.

However, this could also come as yet another blow to retailers, many of which were shaken by the announcement of Xbox Game Pass last year.

Despite this, Microsoft's early adoption of streaming has proven a solid move for the company so far, with Microsoft's vice president of gaming Phil Spencer claiming last year that Game Pass actually increases software sales.

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Ivy joined GamesIndustry.biz in 2017 having previously worked as a regional journalist, and a political campaigns manager before that. They are also one of the UK's foremost Sonic the Hedgehog apologists.

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