A big new rumor has come up regarding Microsoft’s hardware plans in 2019. According to Brad Sams of Thurrott, it appears that Microsoft is building a disc-less Xbox One S for release in 2019.
Here’s what Brad had to say in his latest scoop:
In addition to the new console, there will be a ‘disc-to-digital’ program that, as the name states, turns your physical games into digital downloads. The idea is that you can take your disc to a participating retailer (like the Microsoft store) and trade in your disc for a digital download.
The goal with the new console is to lower the price point for the hardware. Currently, it costs about $299 to buy into the Xbox One family of devices, Microsoft is looking to lower that price by possibly as much as $100; the new console price point is expected to be $200 or less.
Earlier this year, Brad broke the news on the Scarlett family of devices, which includes a dedicated streaming device and Microsoft’s next mainline Xbox console. In Brad’s newest article, he said that Scarlett is still on track to release in 2020 and will almost certainly still include an option for discs.