There’s no doubt that digital game delivery is here to stay. With services like EA Access and Xbox Game Pass and game streaming services like Google’s Project Stream and Microsoft’s Project xCloud on the horizon, it’s only a matter before of time before physical game discs become relics. On that note, Microsoft’s rumoured disc-less Xbox One S could be announced as soon as next month with a release following in May, according to a report from Windows Central.
Microsoft is reportedly set to call the disc-less Maverick console the “Xbox One S All-Digital Edition,” with preorders aiming for mid-April 2019 and with general availability coming in early May 2019. It looks as though it could be near-global simultaneous launch for almost all existing Xbox markets.Windows Central
Given there’s no disk drive, it could conceivably be thinner. Dubbed Xbox Maverick during development, the disc-less Xbox One S should be cheaper than the currently available models. That being said, I could totally see Xbox including a month or more of Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold to push their online digital gaming. Of course, as is the case with most consoles, we could see a few bundle options which include a game or two as well.
Honestly, I haven’t used the disc drive in my Xbox One X aside from the odd game I’ve rented from the library. Given the hard drive space and how much more convenient it is to just purchase and download a game — or take advantage of the hundreds of games in Xbox Game Pass or dozens of games in the EA Access Vault — I really wouldn’t miss a disc drive on my console.