And as is becoming tradition with modern gaming journalism, a prolific leaker and public source on social media has revealed some new information they received. Once again, it’s Twitter personality Wario64 with the leak, letting gamers know when the new discless Xbox will drop, and how much it will actually cost them.
The all-digital Xbox, which is actually just a modified version of the Xbox One S, will drop on May 7th, and will cost €229.99. The console obviously has no disc drive, so games must be downloaded via the Microsoft Store, and that might pose some concerns with the 1 TB HDD included, which is relatively small by modern storage standards.
And if you’re worried about that price, which rounds out to about $250, Microsoft is trying to sweeten the deal for you. This new digital distribution console will come pre-installed with Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3, offering at least a few nice bonuses for the sticker price. No doubt many gamers will skip this method if they already own an Xbox One though. The limited storage, bandwidth and download speed considerations, and somewhat high price make this a poor option as an upgrade if any of the hurdles of digital distribution might give you a second thought.
However, if you’re looking to get into the Xbox gaming scene, and have a decent internet connection with high bandwidth limits, this could be a good option for you, especially if paired with Xbox Game Pass.
Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s gaming subscription service, allowing gamers to download many different games to their consoles directly, and play them an unlimited amount, all for one low price. And with the current Spring sale on games ongoing, the Microsoft store is offering plenty of deals on great games. Xbox Game Pass has more than 100 games available, and you can grab a subscription now, getting three months for only $1.