It’s official: know everything about the all-digital Xbox One!
Microsoft unveiled today the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, a brand-new diskless acquisition for the Xbox One console family.
Revealed during its monthly show “Inside Xbox,” the latest entry-level device leaves the drive. Optical disc, debuting the lowest retail price of the console so far.
The Xbox One S All-Digital is based on the existing Xbox One S, which debuted in 2016 as its baseline console, followed by the most powerful Xbox One X.
The new All-Digital console embraces the ever-connected nature of gaming designed to accompany a growing set of digital services.
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is not a surprise, following our extensive leaks that led to its inauguration.
As we reported last month, the Xbox One S All-Digital retains a shape almost identical to the Xbox One S, with the same white silhouette.
With the disk drive and eject button removed now, it all comes down to cost-cutting for the most demanding players.
In the end, we have the same performance of Xbox One S, but at a lower price. It is the cheapest console of all time in launch value.
The Xbox One S Digital Edition is about providing choice.
As with anything we work with, our customers are at the heart of our product development process and overall consumer behavior suggests that there is a strong appetite for digital experiences nowadays.
We think of the Xbox One S All-Digital as an option that caters to the public who prefers to find and play their games digitally. We are not looking to push customers to digital; it is about meeting the needs of customers who are digital natives who prefer media based on digital media and deliver value with the most affordable Xbox One console.
The benefits of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is that it offers value and choice to customers who prefer the conveniences of an all-digital library.
Since this is the first product of its kind, it will teach us things we still do not know about customer preferences over digital and allow us to refine those experiences in the future.
We see this as a step forward in expanding our offerings beyond the console’s main player and continue our journey to reach more than 2 billion players worldwide.
The first release package will include the Xbox One S All-Digital 1TB, a wireless controller and digital codes for the Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves and Minecraft.
Like the Xbox One S, this new All-Digital package will support games up to 1080p with high dynamic range (HDR) for crisp, color-rich experiences.
This doubles with 4K HDR video playback in downloads and streaming, while, of course, giving up the Blu-ray 4K features.
Other features existing at the system level remain, including FreeSync (VRR) variable refresh rates, Dolby Vision HDR, and Dolby Atmos audio.
Digital Vs. Disks
The Xbox One S All-Digital serves as a new avenue for the Xbox gaming ecosystem in 2019, ahead of a new generation of hardware planned for 2020.
It is not designed to be an upgrade for owners of Xbox One S and Xbox One X but rather innovate and expand the Microsoft portfolio in a new ambitious direction.
The Xbox One S All-Digital is currently slated for worldwide release on May 7, 2019.