Microsoft is working on a new Xbox One console for 2019 and it’s not going to have a disc drive, according to a report from tech blogger Paul Thurrott.
This disc-less Xbox is going to be a part of Microsoft’s current generation of Xbox consoles, not a part of the upcoming Scarlett family of consoles that are expected to hit the markets at a later date. It will be a lighter-weight option for folks who still haven’t purchased an Xbox One or are interested in a newer console.
If you do already have a collection of physical games for your Xbox One, Microsoft will have a ” disc-to-digital” program, according to Thurrott, in which owners will be able to trade in their discs for download codes. It’s a good way to save space if your collection is getting a little unwieldy.
The disc-less Xbox will reportedly cost $200, about $100 less than the current model, but there is an expected price drop of as much as $100 for the consoles, Thurrott reported. So really it comes down to whether you want discs or not.
While Thurrott didn’t name any specific names in his report, his Microsoft scoops are unparalleled and very reliable.
This new spin on the Xbox One falls in line with Microsoft’s current outlook on the console market, which focuses on digital games and cloud-streaming games — the ability to play games over an internet connection without needing to download it on your own console. Microsoft was all about it at E3 2018.
The only downside to streaming games from the cloud is if you don’t have a strong internet connection. And for the disc-less console, you’ll need a pretty sizable hard drive if you want to have a decent collection of games.