Microsoft Introduces All Digital Xbox One S Console

A new Xbox console is joining the ever-growing family of Xbox One consoles.  What makes this one so special?  It gets rid the need for those pesky, cumbersome discs.  During their most recent Inside Xbox update, Microsoft announced plans to release an All Digital version of their Xbox One S console, next month.

Check out the reveal with this amusing trailer:

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will run for $249.99, a $50 value from the original Xbox One S.  It’s set to release on May 7, 2019 and will include 3 games, already pre-loaded onto the system.  Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3.

For months now, Microsoft has been toying with the idea of an All-Digital console.  Rather than rolling it out with their next-gen system, it appears Microsoft is content with testing the market with yet another version of the Xbox One S.  Perhaps if there is enough of a profit made off of these discless systems, we could see more All Digital versions of their next console hit the market, next year.

With Google Stadia being the direct competition to cloud-based gaming, Microsoft could be laying the ground work to wage a console war on both fronts, against Google and Sony.

Pre-order for the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is available now and will release on May 7, 2019.

In addition to the console reveal, Microsoft also released the following news, during the Inside Xbox update:

  • We unveiled the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan, which will include the full Xbox Game Pass library and all Xbox Live Gold benefits for the low-monthly price of $14.99. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a convenient choice and provides a solution to easily manage your gaming memberships.
  • In partnership with ELEAGUE, Xbox announced the ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood – a six-part event series and live tournament focused on the stories and players behind the world of Gears Esports with the first episode debuting on TBS, Friday, June 14, at 11 pm ET/PT.
  • We highlighted brand-new, feedback-driven features coming to Game bar, from Spotify integration to improved social experiences that enable you to see what your friends are playing, quickly text or voice chat, create memes to share via Twitter, and our newly announced Looking for Group (LFG) feature which enables you to quickly and easily find people to bring into battle with you
  • We were happy to share that Ninja Gaiden 2 is now Backward Compatible for Xbox One, and that it’s joined by Fable 2, Fable 3, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent in getting enhanced for Xbox One X.