Microsoft’s disc-less Xbox One S consoles launch date is finally revealed and it is May 7th. Windows Central has received documents that show this is the actual release date, alongside leaked box art pictures that the site has made. Microsoft is said to be calling this console the “Xbox One S All-Digital edition,” this will a new age in consoles and this new model comes without the typical Blu-ray drive. It’s not clear what will be the price and how cheap it will be, but the removal of a Blu-ray drive will for sure bring down the price.
Microsoft has not yet revealed that they are creating a disc-less version of the Xbox One S, but rumors previously pointed towards a mid-April announce and May retail date. Microsoft is also reportedly adding a 1TBB HDD on this new digital model, alongside digital versions of Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves, and Minecraft in the box. Microsoft is also rumored to be creating an option to ship this disc-less console with games pre-installed, so new Xbox owners can pick the games they want to be installed before the console delivers.
Microsoft has been pushing its Xbox Game Pass hard, a subscription service that provides access to more than 100 Xbox games. Xbox Game Studios titles like Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3launch first on the service, and Microsoft even recently added Minecraft to Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft is also trying to work on an xCloud game streaming service that will stream games to PCs, consoles, and mobile phones. Microsoft is using Xbox One S hardware in these servers, and a digital-only console will be a step forward to such service.