A brand new report means that Microsoft has a brand new console within the works that would arrive in 2019: an Xbox One S-like console that doesn’t characteristic a disc tray.
Which means this console gained’t have the ability to use any discs you’ve purchased over time – nonetheless, in line with the identical report by the Thurrott.com web site, Microsoft would possibly implement a trade-in program the place you alternate discs for digital obtain codes.
Rumors have been swirling for some time that Microsoft goes to make a streaming-only model of the next Xbox game console, codenamed Xbox Scarlett, and hinted that Microsoft was concentrating on a 2020 timeframe for 2 new consoles – the streaming console and the common next-gen system – and, like most people, we had thought was the extent of Microsoft’s plans.
However, because it seems, Microsoft has extra within the making. However why create one other console within the Xbox One household? One cause is to drive down the price of much more – someplace under the $199 / £149 / AU$249 mark. The opposite cause is that Microsoft desires to check the waters earlier than it goes all-in on a digital-only future with its next-gen Xbox .
Again to the long run
If this concept sounds acquainted, it is as a result of Don Mattrick pitched this as the thought for the Xbox One – an thought broadly loathed by the gaming group. Mattrick’s pitch was principally to offer video games on to shoppers, slicing out retailers completely.
The explanation avid gamers responded so poorly on the time was that they feared video games would then lose their re-sale worth and lots of did not have the web connection essential to energy via giant file downloads – two issues that have not fairly gone away within the final 5 years.
What has modified, nonetheless, is the infrastructure of Xbox. Not solely do avid gamers get a lot of free titles through Xbox Stay each month, however now Xbox Games Pass delivers over 100 streaming titles for an inexpensive month-to-month subscription.
It is unclear how avid gamers will react to a disc-less future given these new options and a doubtlessly lower cost level – however, contemplating Sony isn’t going to E3 this year, Microsoft can have extra time within the highlight regardless.