Microsoft’s introduction video for the All-Digital Xbox One starts with a pretty simple statement: “Our first challenge was how do we make an All-Digital X-Box One?” The follow-up statement sums up the tone of the video: “Actually, that was our only challenge.” It’s not like Microsoft had to start from ground zero to build the platform. Games are already, by nature, digital. For the console, the games are read off of a disc, so why not just have the games read from the cloud instead?
Microsoft released the tongue-in-cheek video to announce the Xbox One S All-Digital edition. As the video suggests, could it actually be as easy as simply deleting the disc drive? Evidently it can. The new system will be priced at $249 and will be released on May 7. The new system will feature a 1TB HDD, but otherwise the hardware will stay the same—minus, of course, the 4K Blu-ray drive.
It will also come with digital versions of Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves, and Minecraft. Deleting that drive is what created the drop in price–USD$50 less compared to the regular Xbox One S. That hard drive will help you build a library of games on the cloud, which the All-Digital Xbox One S will let you play. The platform will also support the controllers.