So rumors from last year about a new Xbox One console that relies entirely on digital distribution are getting a lot more substantial. Microsoft and other gaming companies have been making a much more concerted push for digital distribution in the last few years, so this seems like a great choice.
The original rumors started circulating in November 2018 and centered on a new variant of the Xbox One S which featured no disc drive. The idea was to offer a much cheaper version of their games console by cutting out a few different features, namely the disc drive. This cost-cutting could save up to $100 on the price of the base console, depending on what areas Microsoft decides to improve.
According to a new report from Windows Central, the codenamed “Xbox Maverick” will formally be called the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. According to these reports,Microsoft is planning on opening pre-orders for the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition in April of this year with a formal release transpiring in early May.
Speaking of improvements that could be made, there are a few areas that and all-digital Xbox could use help in. Gamers have been wanting something like this for a while, although I would hope it offers a larger storage space to account for the increased need for space on the 1TB-2TB variants of the Xbox consoles. A larger or faster HDD could be a really welcome upgrade at a potentially cheaper price than the Xbox One X. Although all of this is speculation as the specs of this new console are still unknown.
And with the upcoming announcement of the next generation of Xbox consoles at E3 2019, it would make a great time to get Xbox consoles into the hands of more gamers right ahead of the first real news of an entirely new platform.
Source: Windows Central