Disc-less Xbox One reportedly set for 2019, with 'disc-to-digital' program

While Microsoft's long-rumored "Xbox Scarlett" consoles are expected in 2020, a new report has emerged detailing a "disc-less" Xbox One on the horizon. According to a recent report from Thurrott.com, the next hardware release will ditch its disc drive, pursuing a low retail price of $200 or less.

The disc-less Xbox One is reportedly based on the existing entry-level Xbox One S, adopting an otherwise similar form factor. It's all about finding ways to reduce the manufacturing costs, welcoming a wider audience into the Xbox ecosystem.

The report also details a planned 'disc-to-digital' program launching for the console, allowing existing disc owners to convert select games to digital licenses. Under this you can trade discs at "participating retailers," hoping to ease the conversion for those invested in physical media. All this could launch as early as spring 2019, yet the firm isn't committing to a launch window internally.

For those unsure of a digital future, the report concludes with talk of a standard disc-compatible console, also set for 2019. This device would further cut costs for disc users, offering the benefits of traditional distribution. Microsoft is reportedly undecided on whether Xbox Scarlett will feature a disc drive, though set to make a decision "shortly."

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Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.