Best answer: The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition costs $249 RRP. However, Amazon currently lists it for $200.
- Go all-digital: Xbox One S All-Digital Edition (From $200 at Amazon)
So, why is the Xbox One S All-Digital $250?
Microsoft unveiled the disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, during its Inside Xbox show on April 16, 2019. It came out in May 2019, complete with copies of Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3 in the box. It launched at $249 RRP USD in the U.S., £199 in the U.K., and €229.99 RRP EUR in Europe.
The new Xbox One S All-Digital is identical to the current Xbox One S, albeit with the disc drive removed. It cannot play your favorite 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, but 4K content delivered via Microsoft's Movies & TV platform, as well as apps like Netflix, will be available. Games, however, will not run in 4K, remaining at a maximum of 1080p.
The current disc-based Xbox One S has an RRP of $299.99, but in reality retails for much lower. This makes the Xbox One S All-Digital an incredibly hard sell.
It'll be interesting to see whether retailers stock the All-Digital at a lower price point than the current disc-based models down the line, considering the fact the expectation is very much that it should be cheaper, since you're losing the disc drive for the privilege. Additionally, the games included in the Xbox One S All-Digital can also be obtained for much cheaper via Xbox Game Pass.
The reality is, a disc drive simply isn't that expensive to include during the manufacturing process, so savings of $100 or more were probably overly optimistic. However, the loss of functionality hardly makes it worth while, unless you're interested in the three bundled games that come with the S All-Digital. Hopefully, the price will drop a little more sooner, rather than later. Amazon has already begun cutting the price too, currently listing it at $200.
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