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Xbox Maverick: Everything we know about Xbox One S All-Digital

Digital gaming continues to grow, shifting further from the days of discs and cartridges. Downloads have changed music, movies, and now games, with the promise of instant, on-demand access to the latest titles. And with the digital Xbox One ecosystem stronger than ever, Microsoft looks to debut its first disc-less console.

Here's what we know about the Xbox One S All-Digital, codenamed Maverick.

Enter the Xbox One S All-Digital

As exclusively revealed in March, our sources indicate the Xbox One's upcoming disc-less iteration will be named the "Xbox One S All-Digital Edition." This pairs with the codename "Maverick," used internally for the project at Microsoft. As first detailed by Brad Sams, the console will reportedly rework the existing entry-level Xbox One S, further cutting manufacturing costs in pursuit of a lower price. It's one of the most ambitious shake-ups in Xbox history, cutting a once-essential component amid growing services and digital purchases.

The Xbox One S All-Digital will likely pack near-identical internals to the standard Xbox One S, including a similar exterior, though forgoing the optical disc drive and eject button. Further non-essential gaming components could be cut in the process, although ideally not comprising the console's core gaming offerings. We recently recieved box art for

Related: The good, the bad, and the ugly of a disc-less Xbox One S

To protect the origins of the Xbox One S All-Digital images, we recreated the box art we received in Photoshop.

To protect the origins of the Xbox One S All-Digital images, we recreated the box art we received in Photoshop.

As exclusively reported in March, we also received product photography of the new Xbox One S All-Digital console, including the console's box art, prior to reveal. Early packaging indicates the device will pack a 1TB internal drive at launch, bundled alongside digital codes for Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves, and Minecraft.

Ultimately, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition should deliver a similar experience to the existing Xbox One S. Your existing digital Xbox One and Xbox 360 games will play on the console, with comparable features and performance. It will lower the price of entry for Xbox newcomers, rather than replacing the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. And if it releases, expect branding to fall in line with existing Xbox One models.

However, even with the debut of a digital-only console, Microsoft isn't abandoning physical discs entirely. Future revisions beyond the Xbox One S All-Digital are expected to retain the drive, with discs likely stocked into the coming years. Digital adoption is growing, but numerous flaws leave many adverse to the switch.

Related: Are your digital Xbox One games really here to stay?

Driving downoads with disc-to-digital and digital attach

Microsoft hopes to encourage digital Xbox users by streamlining its offerings.

Microsoft hopes to encourage digital Xbox users by streamlining its offerings.

Alongside Xbox Maverick, Microsoft will reportedly debut two new programs aimed at streamlining digital purchases. The first is a "disc-to-digital" program, which will help existing Xbox users fully transition into the digital ecosystem. The pairs with a "digital attach" system targeted towards new Xbox buyers getting started with online services.

Microsoft's rumored disc-to-digital process is proving promising, shaking up digital adoption with a new trade-in program. The initiative will allow Xbox users to deposit existing disc-based titles at select retailers, in return for a digital license. It makes a move into digital easier, cheaper, and might sway those undecided. In the long-term, this would convert more players to the storefront, increasing digital adoption ahead of the next major console refresh.

Details have also surfaced on a checkout service for new console buyers, attaching their purchases directly to the console. Codenamed Roma, the project could allow Microsoft to pre-load consoles with services like Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, further reducing the setup of a clean console.

Xbox Maverick release date and pricing

Xbox One S Console

Xbox One S Console (Image credit: Windows Central)

Without official word from Microsoft, details on Xbox Maverick availability and pricing are yet to be confirmed. Our sources indicate general availability on May 7, 2019, with a near-global simultaneous launch. It may be revealed during an upcoming installment of Microsoft's Inside Xbox live show, with preorders opening in mid-April.

Likely positioned as a low-cost entry to the Xbox One family, reports indicate the console could drop to $199. That's a third off the existing Xbox One S, likely opening the console to a broader pool of casual gamers.

However, as with all pre-release projects, consider that Xbox Maverick may never hit store shelves. Internal plans can (and often) change, if Microsoft doesn't see it as a suitable addition to the Xbox lineup.

Your thoughts

Are you interested in a disc-less Xbox One? Drop into the comments section below with your thoughts.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games 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.

122 Comments
  • So, by next Christmas the sale price could be about $150. That should help get some sales as long as you don't need to buy a new TV. They would be smart to include 1 to 3 months of Live Gold and Game Pass also (eat the cost to get them using the services).
  • About a year ago I switched to buying digital games and really like the convenience of the cloud. Getting $5 for a disc at Gamestop has generally not been worth it. I would hope that they enable the ability to allow the family to play digital games on ANY Xbox not just your home device going forward. We have multiple devices in the house and you should be able to access the library anywhere!
  • As long as your account is signed in they should be able to play right?
  • Home Console was the way around needing to have the game purchaser's profile signed in.
    When you set a console to be your Home Console, anyone who signs into that console can play the purchasers titles. The purchaser doesn't need to be signed in. I do this with a friend of mine across the country. His home console is mine and vice versa. We then discuss who is buying what game. Then we both install. I think blazewon22 would like to have multiple home consoles so he's not buying multiple copies for the other people in his house.
  • I got an Xbox one x a month ago to replace my Xbox one elite and I still haven't been able to make it my home Xbox. Always says it can't connect to the service. MS support keeps telling me it must be a server problem on their end and it should be fixed in a couple days. It's been a month.
  • Multiple boxes in the house are the issue. If you sign in one box it will sign you out elsewhere. Hence the need for a family plan (akin to Netflix) where you can have multiple people sign-in and use Game Pass service or a digital owned game. This is going to be a bigger problem especially if streaming takes off. And besides GP streaming if Microsoft allows owners to stream any game they own. This especially an issue in a house with kids and multiple devices (traditional console, streaming console, etc...) If true digital acceptance is to take off there has to be a way, at least within a household (same network) with possible multiple Xbox devices, the ability to access a game without directly having to be logged in as the owner of the game (or at least not log out the owner). Right now you can play a game you don't own but have to log in as the owner then switch to your account. But, if another person wants to play a different game on another device within the house they will have to do the same thing which logs out the owner account on the other machine. With physical media, you just need to go get the disc (obviously not the same game) and insert and play on the other machine (no disc owner needs to be logged in) Which for example, in my case as the father and usual purchaser of games that are digital, it limits the ability to play games in a multi-Xbox household as my own.
  • Most of what you said isn't true. At least of Xbox. You are allowed to have a "home" xbox that all your games will work on, for any account, without you being logged into it. Meanwhile you can be logged into a different xbox, also playing any of the games you own.
  • Ah yes, a 5$ return is worse than a 0$ return.
  • While it might seem like getting something instead of nothing is better, consider that every used game sold cuts out the developers and people who actually worked on the game. If they got a piece of EVERY game sold (like they should) maybe they wouldn't have had to raise the game prices over the years. I supported Microsoft in the decision to lock the game disc to a specific user when the original xbox one was announced because of that reason. Imaging being able to pay less for a game on xbox than any other system because the company that made it actually gets the money they deserve from every sale instead of just the beginning rush and then losing out on all the money they should get because you bought it used from some greedy corporation that gave somebody $5 and then sold it to you used for $45-$50.
  • I thought it was a terrible decision and still do. Digital titles are one thing, physical should remain as it always has been... Something that can be loaned out or traded/sold. By the logic you present used albums, cars, clothing, etc shouldn't be allowed because the original maker doesn't get a cut. It's a heavily flawed logic and games shouldn't be excluded from a used marketplace. I would also point out that Microsoft is the company pushing gamepass, those don't count as sales, so devs aren't likely getting a cut from that. Also being real, I doubt the majority of the profit from game sales even goes to the people that made the game. They'll get bonuses for certain milestones and meta critic scores, but ongoing sales likely benefit the greedy corporation that publishes the game.
  • I'm fairly certain that Microsoft is trying (and will succeed at) to kill the after market place. No disc means no used copies. We will never OWN physical copies of video games again, instead we will be stuck "leasing" them from the company(s). There will of course be a "You only get to play on the system you bought it on" rule. I personally wouldn't mind it so much except that eliminating the possibility of second hand games has already created over inflated prices for older digital title so eliminating it completely will give none of these companies any reason to lower prices for digital copies. We bent over for 1st day release DLC, we bent over for micro transactions and we will bend over for this when the next generation systems arrive. Eventually we will all just quit playing video games.
  • I can't believe I still have to explain this to people, you do not own the games you buy, period. You are paying for a license to use the product, regardless of whether you buy physical or digital, but you do not own the software you are holding and as a result cannot do whatever you want with it.
  • I like the concept of digital only. Now if Microsoft would take the lead to knock off $10 to $15 off the retail price to incentivize users to move to digital download - I would be all in. That has been my pinch point with my Nintendo Switch. I have a 20% discount through BestBuy to purchase physical media so Mario Bros was $47.99 instead of $59.99.... It would have been nice to have it digital to keep on the unit but Nintendo doesn't have that option to migrate.
  • Actually the devs make money the same or possibly more. The license of the game is purchased in bulk by Microsoft instead of individual sales via disc in some retailer. Microsoft, GameStop, etc eat the cost of getting the games on disc and shipped to the retailers that want to sell the game, which increases the price. Microsoft wants to go digital because doing so would cut spending and allow for sales much like what steam has done for years. Has none of you notice the Xbox store has become a mirror image of steam? I have even the return policy is a mimic of steam. It allows Microsoft to return your unplayed or less than two hour in game for ANY reason. The only draw back is steam asks no questions and Microsoft requires a phone call or log in to your account via the Internet web page to return.
  • MS is doing this to make more money. Simple as that. They would love to cut the used games market or take a cut from that.
    Digital is all positive for them. Cuts the cost but the retail price of games stays the same because some gamers accepts to pay more for something which logically should be cheaper. For all those who supports digital, how many of them actually talk or demand that digital games should cost less?
    Not many. Many of these people just have their own agenda.
    The same people who used to hype UHD optical drive in 2016 are saying it's useless in 2019.
  • @Taldarian
    You got to understand that when gamers sells their game it's mostly goes to finance another game. Used market is actually great because more players are playing the game. More players means more money in the industry. You got to understand that there are many gamers with different budget.
    For this case let's consider 4 gamers with different budget and gaming habit.
    1) gamer who buys his game $60 at launch and can afford to regularly buy and keep them.
    2) gamer who buys games new $60, finishes them and sells them off to help buy new games.
    3) gamer who can't afford games at $60, but can only afford but only buy game used.
    4) gamer who will wait for the price to go down before buying a game.
    5) gamer who only pirate games, and might buy few when they are on sale or to "support the dev". In a world with used game market
    Gamer 1 is not affected.
    Gamer 2 can play a lot of games. Selling his games helps finance the next purchase meaning devs gets more sells.
    Gamer 3 can afford to game. He'll play games and help gamer 2 to finance new purchase.
    Gamer 4 is not affected.
    Gamer 5 is not affected. In a world without used game market
    Gamer 1 is not affected.
    Gamer 2 can play a lot of games. He will play less games as he can't sell games he finished. Meaning less money to devs.
    Gamer 3 can't afford to game. He'll probably give up on gaming or just pirate games.
    Gamer 4 is not affected. Even though he'll probably has to wait a bit more because used games help regulate the market.
    Gamer 5 is not affected. So yes, I believe the used game market is actually a good thing. It's amazing that we have used cars, used DVD bluray... And this industry is one of the few were some gamers are actually complaining. Same thing for those defending microtransactions/loot boxes. I really can't understand how fellow gamers listen and defend these major companies and support anti-gaming policies or policies that will remove options for gamers... Crazy...
  • If someone told me that i either have to get out of the house, drive my car with my gas, wait in line at a store, drive back and at a later date, do the same thing again *or* just pay $5 now and skip all of that... i know what i'd choose. That $5 return isn't free. There's cost associated with it. You would have been better off arguing better pricing (prices drop faster on physical games as opposed to digital).
  • Like Johnny said. Set your own account as the default sign-in. Then other family member can co-sign-in to play your games. Or witch to your account then switch back. You account will remain active in the background.
  • I believe it's available by linking accounts to a family. You will need an adult to set it up. All services and games will transfer.
  • Agreed. I have 3 xbox's and 3 playstation's in my house and the 3rd person is always left out for MP games.
  • Selling on eBay will net you more than $5. It's really easy to do, and games usually sell quite quickly. I usually buy when digital drops in price and/or goes on sale for what I can sell my disc for so I don't take a loss or make a small profit. Swappa.com also has a gaming division of the site now.
  • They have that ability. Download to a digital media server and set it up on your network. It enables you to share your games accross multiple Xboxes connected to your network. Used it for buddies in the barracks, just haven't tried it since I have come home. If it significantly reduces the prices, I can upgrade to an X and get an S for each of my kids rooms. I haven't used a disc since 360, I have been digital since 2013 for all entertainment options (movies/tv, games, music). It's good business decision since you cut out the need for a physical copy.
  • Bought the first Xbox One and still using it. Never used the drive. Not once. Love to get another box so I can play online with my sons, so bring it on!
  • I could buy a Xbox One S with 2 games (Red Dead and Assassin's Creed) for $189,- last Christmas and Black Friday... this needs to be released at $99,- or it's DOA.
  • You cannot compare a black Friday deal, with the price point of the article. This deal isn't available 83% of the time. Current price for a 1 TB Xbox One S with 2 games is $299.99, so I doubt that a $199.99 console (lowest price currently available) will be DOA. Especially since PS4 and Nintendo Switch are also $299.99.
  • Or maybe $150 with a year of Game Pass. Plus, make the thing lowest profile possible.
  • I would say yes. Around 99 bucks. If they put it at 200, for me it'll be an insult to gamers.
  • Can they offer a disc-to-digital for movies as well? I don't need a disc drive in my Xbox for games, but I do need it for movies.
  • VUDU offer s pretty good disc-to-digital service that I have used more than a few times. Plus if the studio participates in Movies Anywhere you will get it on all the compatible services. Pricing is fair too. Convert a blu-ray to 1080p for $2. Convert a DVD to 480p for $2. Convert a DVD to 1080p for $5. I think it's well worth the costs.
  • It was super worth the cost but they no longer give you 50% off for 10+ movies. So for < $5 you can usually find a digital code online.
  • Ok
    I'm finally saying it.
    I've been saying for years that I love digital downloads.
    My problem is why should I spend the same amount of money on a digital download compared to a disc.
    That is my only issue with digital downloads. You cannot trade it in to get a few dollars back after you beat the game.
    So why should I spend the same amount of money.
    It doesn't make sense as a consumer and video gamer since pong.
    Oh the only other issue is hard drive space for digital downloads.
    I've bought external hard drives to compensate.
    Joe Q
  • For disc based games, you're required to install it to the harddisk on xbox one anyway, so the disk space issue isn't really an issue. Maybe a download cap issue if your ISP sucks, but even then most games are patched on day one with an update pretty much the same size as the game anyway. Where digital downloads do help tho, is for lazy people, like myself, who just don't want to get up and start messing about putting in a game only to change my mind 30 minutes later and do it again. Moreover, being able to share my digital games with friend/family members across home and signed in consoles more than makes up for having to carry around my games collection with me. I hear what you're saying though, digital games should (at least we'd all like them to) be cheaper, but often as time goes on, retail stores sell the disc games at a reduced price, where digital stores stay the same rrp as release date only for them to have a sale that's still not inline with the disc based versions. Shame really. I have a xbox one x, I honestly don't even know if the disc drive works in it. Never put a disc game in it, even though I have a collection of Xbox 360 games that are backward compatible.
    For me, I'd just purchased a copy of the ones I want to keep around as a digital version. As for my movie collection, I have over 1100 dvd/bluray movies, that I've ripped on my plex server and the plex app works just as well as digital games for lazy people like myself.
  • 1) I can run 1 copy on multiple Xboxes, Alienwares, Surfaces and in the future, Andromeda.
    2) No need to swap disc.
    3) I don't need to bring the disc to office to continue my game session.
    4) Remote Install/update is available.
    5) You can setup your queue and let xbox do your game installations overnight. With disc, you can only install 1 at a time. And many other benefits. I never felt the need to sell any game.
  • " I don't need to bring the disc to office to continue my game session." -- Just don't let your boss find out!
  • That's what we called SPOILED!!!
  • @Joseph
    Totally agree. If anything digital games should be way cheaper.
    It's just simple logic. Company fanboys will just defend it because their favourite company favors it.
    Digital is mostly an advantage to these company...
  • I have tons of Blu-ray discs and most of them have been archived to Plex for easy access. I was happy my Xbox One S had a Blu-ray drive because I have so many discs. I've practically never used it. I think I just "checked it out" back when I got the console. I use Plex but I also increasingly use Movies Anywhere to buy movies and stream them, not to mention Prime, Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu. I don't game much but digital d/l'ing is all I've done with the S. We already live in this future
  • I've been all digital this console generation. It makes sense. MS could easily make this the Cheapest option to getting into the Xbox ecosystem at around $150, and personally, I think all of the consoles next gen should come without a Blueray drive by default reducing the price by $50-$100, but only if they created an add on external drive for the same price difference. I personally, never use the Blueray drive.
  • The last console I bought was the Sega Genesis. I've been PC Master Race-ing it since, comfortably. But with how Microsoft has integrated the gaming and software ecosystem, and with their future plans, Game Pass which I'm already subscribing to on PC, and all, I'm seriously considering getting this upcoming lite-version of the Xbox. Especially if the streaming thing takes off. But otherwise it's even convenient to be able to automatically expand my catalog of games without even buying one, thanks to being a Game Pass subscriber. Makes sense. What I do think of the Xcloud service is that you'll be able to stream Xbox games to a PC. Again, if they don't do it for licensing reasons they're missing out a lot of potential. The divide between Xbox and PC gaming is pretty artificial as it is. Streaming should bridge this once and for all.
  • This won't make some commentors happy at all. Economics say that a steaming title that could be played anywhere is going to cost more than $60. It's very simple economics.
  • When the XBOX was first released this was their initial vision. Unfortunately they botched the announcement of doing this because fans raged and they pulled back. Now because everything is going digital, the prices of $60 triple A games are going to drop because you can't trade them back. We could have had this 3 years ago but you whiney brats ruined it.
  • Yeah I been saying this since the ragers were scared the xbox had to "check in". It wasn't even a requirement to run games, more so for developers to verify authenticity of copies.
  • Not saying you are wrong but the team that released the original Xbox One were buffoons. Buffoons who got paid sick amounts of money to completly drop the ball.
  • @ChiWax
    You know, a lot of those Buffoons you are talking about. Those who had high positions in 2013 are still leading this team.
  • @ucimDa
    LOL what are you talking about the price was always going to be 60 bucks.
    They announced it at the time.
  • I hope this disk to digital comes to Canada and doesn't just stay in the US like I fear it will. I would love to move my last few games to digital and be done with disks all together. I haven't bought a physical game in years
  • I guess I'm the old dinosaur of the bunch. I still don't like digital. I only use it if I have to or the title is free (ie.. games with gold). I have "meh" broadband, 5 miles down the road from me you can get nothing more than dial-up. Downloading a single game takes several hours to almost a day. Nothing is more irritating than renting a game from redbox and then it taking 6-7 hours to do a download before I can even play it. I understand a lot of people like digital. I really do and I'm content with digital getting things cheaper and even earlier than us physical folks. However, they day things go totally digital is the day I'm done. And yes, I did see the part in the article mentioning that there will still be versions with a disc drive, however we all know it is heading disc-less. While I would say the much of the US has excellent broadband internet there are still many many areas in that do not and there are also several countries where low data caps are the norm.
  • Damn! I never even thought about the Redbox delay! Yeah... that would suck, renting a game and losing a day of playtime due to downloading. I've never rented a game so it has never occurred to me.
  • This unfortunately will continue to be the case for the immediate future. There is no reason that in a first world country that we can't get proper internet speeds to everyone. I'm sure that if you had proper speeds, you would see the benefits of digital and really enjoy it like the rest of us. Xbox Play Anywhere is just an awesome service when you get to use it.
  • "I'm sure that if you had proper speeds, you would see the benefits of digital and really enjoy it like the rest of us."
    How can you be so sure? I have great speed but my priority will ALWAYS be physical.
    I think it all comes down to preference.
  • It's not just the speed of broadband, but the caps the ISPs will hit you with. AAA games are getting bigger by the week.
  • I don't want to buy a new Xbox unless there are performance improvements or new features -- I currently have Xbox One S and it is great for me. I do however have a few games on disk that I would be very happy to convert to digital. 90% of my games are digital and I would love to be able to add the last 10% without paying full price.
  • So you want an Xbox One X, then?
  • I want the trade in program so bad. I have come to hate discs. Doesn't matter if it's movies or games. It clears up clutter and makes it more convenient. Plus I never buy games when the come out and usually wait for MS's end of year sale or weekly sales to get games super cheap anyway.
  • I think it's a great option for those going all-digital, as long as it remains that: an option. Since I share my library with four other people across two Xboxes, and those others want to be able to share with their friends also, I still and will continue to buy a lot of discs.
  • Considering your setup, why not home console share between the two xboxes and share the cost of just one digital copy of a game? Plus you can share services like live, game pass and even ea access.
  • I still prefer disc over digital. I like being able to share with my kids, I have 3 Xboxs and that doesn't include my older kids that have moved out. Even with disc you can spend hours just updating your game.
  • Wouldn't it be easier to share a digital library with kids who have moved out than to send discs?
  • Good bye Xbox. Ive got a library of physical games that I guess I'll sell. My xbox one x just died also. The OS became corrupted during an update and now its a brick.
  • How widespread is this? I've read multiple posts across a wide range of media about bricked One X's. Is it more susceptible to errors because the added power and hardware?
  • Probably not very widespread at all. I'm sure all he has to do is send it back to MS for a replacement, but it's far easier to complain than to fix the problem. And, of course, if he had read the article, he would be able to trade in those physical games for digital licenses and keep going, or just not buy the "entry model" and keep using XBoxes with optical drives...
  • How do you know it's not very widespread? Do you have actual numbers or are you just guessing?
    The guy is clearly frustrated by XB, so he wants to make some cash by selling his games and invest that cash elsewhere. Here your telling him to trade in those games for digital license that can't be sold or invest more cash on XB...
    You do know that there is a life without XB and people can live a fine life without ever owning a XB1.
  • I had a bricked Xbox One X also, similar deal, it had something to do with the HD/OS, took it back and got it replaced. The new system is working fine which is good.
  • Update to this, on my new system the front USB port crapped itself. I'm not liking the quality control on the One X truth be told.
  • My Xbox One X recently also "died". Couldn't get it back even after bringing up the startup menu to do a reset. Only after I reported this to Microsoft and initiated a return did they provide me with instructions to download a factory reset image/update to a USB flash drive with which I was finally able to successfully complete a reset of the Xbox and restore it back to what it was. So glad I'd already moved the games out to an external HDD so they weren't lost in the reset and all those updates need to be downloaded all over again.
  • When I got my xbox one the first thing to go was my bluray player. I use my xbox one disc drive frequently to play bluray movies. It's one less thing I have to connect to my TV.
  • How you gonna photoshop out the disk tray and leave the eject button 😐
  • Dammit, rookie error 😂
  • It ejects the hard drive. :D
  • Just dont do it during a game!!!
  • The digital trend is harming retailers and has already muscled out a lot of small businesses. Digital games also never go down in price. Sure, an occasional sale maybe, but they go back to full. You will find really old games still at full price on the marketplace. So basically, they are trying to monopolize sales and jip the consumer at the same time.
  • Steam (And Xbox Deals with Gold) would beg to differ about the no sales on digital titles... There are fewer sales on digital titles for consoles, but that was probably a deal to prop up brick and mortar stores, since if digital titles were cheaper than used physical copies, physical stores would have faded even faster...
  • Stores can still sell digit download codes right? Look at Walmart. Gamestop needs to fade away as all they do is feed on the ignorant or the lazy (myself sometimes included).
  • Used market help regulate prices. MS is trying to kill that market because they want to have total control of the prices. I would thing they want to have games stay at $60 as long as possible and push people towards game pass service. Also Gamestop is good for the industry. It's stupid to want it to die. They bring money to the industry and they help keep this industry mainstream and help promote video games.
  • I own Xboxes, Alienwares, Surfaces and looking forwards to small size WoA for XPA and xCloud gaming on the go. I go with full digital.
    Benefits are :
    1) able to run 1 copy on multiple Xboxes and PCs.
    2) No need to swap disc.
    3) No need to bring disc to office to continue my game session.
    4) Remote Install/update is available.
    5) You can setup your queue and let xbox do your game installations overnight. With disc, you can only install 1 game at a time. But, you can't re-sell your games!
    I've never sold anything since NES era, besides, way more pros than cons. Well, we have our own research teams and the statistics we bought from several venders last year shows,
    Game market share in US: Console digital > package. And console (digital+package) > mobile > PC.
    In EU: Console digital > package. And console (digital+package) > PC > mobile.
  • "1) able to run 1 copy on multiple Xboxes and PCs." This is a good point. It won't be something useful to everyone, but the fact that digital games on Xbox (and PS4 for that matter) include two copies is a consideration in the pricing compared to physical. If you can use both copies via sharing, even at full price a digital game ends up being half the list price of a new game. Takes quite a sale to overcome that. Too bad we didn't get to see Microsoft's original family sharing implemented; this would be even better if the games could be shared beyond the home console.
  • Well that's just your opinion. Other people prefer physical and they could also make a whole list of reasons.
    Personally, I prefer physical games.
    Also I prefer my console to be able to play both physical and digital games. I prefer the choice. Now if you want less choice go ahead and buy this thing. lol
  • Ummm, this will be one of 3 xbox ones on the market. The flagship one x does have a disc drive. If you truly prefer choice, then this is a good thing right? lol
  • I'm talking of the people who want to replace their current xbox one with this one. Now I would say it's a good thing only if there are advantage to gamers. If there is a big price cut compare to the lowest price of the XB1s then fine. If not then nope it's not great.
    MS are pushing to try to kill the stuff that is pro gaming. We know they are trying to do it, they already tried and failed in 2013. Here they come for more...
  • The soon to be last place Xbox console will become even more irrelevant. The one reason to buy other than the weak game library is that it plays Bluray UHD. Xbox also is the most costliest console to upgrade it's hard disk. On the PS4 you can upgrade hard drive easily. Not buying Xbox anymore. PC is all I need and PS4.
  • LOL. Get serious, please.
  • How is his comment not serious??
    As a PC/PS4 owner, the only thing that could get me to buy the XB1 is a cheap BR UHD player.
  • How is the Xbox the costliest console to upgrade the hard drive?
  • I'm guessing that since you can only have external HD it's more costly than having an internal one.
  • If they keep the USB, and add drivers for a disc drive some one could still buy a disc and download to a disc less Xbox, or maybe just sell USB flash drive games. This would then let them sell for less and still let those with bad/no internet get games.
  • Great idea!!! I am sure Microsoft hates paying Sony for the Blu-Ray technology. Don't get me going on how much better HD-DVD was.
    I am currently all digital. It is really convenient to not have to deal with discs. Also, like that Microsoft is committed to backward compatibility so my digital games should be playable onfuture consoles. No reason to sell your games and then buy some cheesy retro console so you can play them again in 20 years
  • For this disc-less Xbox you would think they would be able to allow you to use a USB disc drive to either play games or at least play movies. This should be possible since the Xbox is just running a version of Windows. For me it doesn't really matter as I have pretty much gone all digital for my games and will trade any games I am able to for a digital code once MS starts that program.
  • Given that they added KB/Mouse support and already support USB hard drives, this would seem a no-brainer to me.
  • Seems like there should be a digital license marketplace for people to buy and sell used licenses. Give up access to the game, get paid whatever the market commands for the game, and take a developer fee out of the sale. Every time the license changes accounts, developers make money. I know it's an over simplification but that would solve a lot. There would still be people who buy it new and the more times that game gets exchanged the more money developers make. Plus, the more people who KEEP a license because the game is GOOD, the more new licenses or higher the used price would be.
  • So, the original Xbox One idea, then?
  • Lol ya pretty much. Unfortunately there were too many whiners who didn't like the idea at the time.
  • I'm a playstation loyalist but man, Xbox is really doing some amazing game friendly stuff. I can't even imagine how well a gamepass loaded Xbox would do at 100 bucks. Its pretty exciting and a great time for gamers.
  • So, with these digital trade-in programs, we're finally getting back to where Xbox One was supposed to be at launch? Okay, minus Kinect... Since I own a One X, I definitely won't be replacing my main console with this, but it could make an interesting second console on another TV...
  • Why not two options to open with, or the disc drive as an included peripheral package. Urban dwellers would likely be fine with digital only, rural and traditionalist Gen X grumps like me get to still 'own' the disc. The peripheral setup would keep costs down for sure.
  • Microsoft has already tried the peripheral optical disc drive idea with the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive. It didn't do so well, and it certainly didn't help to "save" the HD-DVD format. I'd be surprised if Microsoft ever goes there again.
  • What is the internet goes out? How are people supposed to play it then?
  • That shouldn't a problem with previously downloaded games. Xbox Live being down may be a show stopper tho'
  • I don't like the trade in program for disc's. They already know you own the game because it's tied to your account. By offering to let you trade in your disc's, they are basically going to get your physical games, give you a digital license which is worth nothing in place of the physical disc that has value, and then they will sell the physical games to those who are still buying used games. So they or the retailer involved will make money twice on the game.
  • Great point! Downloads have no resale value. That's a major issue for many gamers.
  • Im not sure id be willing to give up the drive for a small price drop (though im not really a console gamer anyway). What I would think would be a more interesting use of a diskless xbox would be as a portable. Build one using AMDs modern process (7nm) using one of their APUs. An xbox that competes with the switch. Using current tech it should easily be able to push xbox1 level graphics at 1080p even on battery. Really the biggest concern would be AMDs graphics power consumption. Their CPUs are excellent but until they switch to NAVI based GPUs the current GCN based GPUs use a lot of wattage compared to the nvidia SOC that Nintendo uses (and the newer generation SOC based on nvidia Pascal GPUs is even more impressive).
  • Isn't this going to put businesses like GameStop out of business. Retail locations wouldn't be needed. Unless they switch to accessories and/or retro gaming.
  • Game stop would definitely lose money unless they also provide game downloads. Aside from that, they should be fine.
  • Gamestop is already going broke. If not for collectibles they would have been out of business already with their overpriced games
  • hmm it'll all depend how much this cost. We've seen MS "fans" going on and on about the UHD drive yet these same people will hype this...
    If MS takes out a feature like that and try to kill the used games market with this than they'll need to seriously cut the price of this thing. Else for me, this will be 2013 all over again.
  • The UHD optical drive justified the One X cost for me.
  • I was talking of the XB1 S. In 2016, just because it was a feature that the S4 didn't have, there was so much hype around it by MS "fans".
    It almost felt like for them it was more important than games.
  • What about the games I have on diSC how could I play them on the new xbox?
  • Why can't low power proximity solutions (like NFC and certain Bluetooth technologies) be implemented into cards/cartridges that replace disc usage, retain the great features that users love in discs (like reselling and physical libraries), not to mention also allowing all your games to be booted without having to switch disks (just make sure they are all in some cool storage rack on your media cabinet)! To me this is a no brainier, but I've actually never seen it proposed!
  • I like the idea. The only issue I see is game installation time. Obviously, a disc based game doesn't require a download before installation. That's significant as game installation files could exceed 100 GB...which may take an inordinate amount of time (depending on the connection speed). For that reason alone, I prefer discs over downloads.
  • They want digital games to take over?
    Drop the price, simple.
    Here in Australia, digital games are often twice the price of physical games. Totally defies logic, they should be half the price.
  • its about ******* time. everytime u buy an xbox you give Sony some money cuz of their blu-ray. its time to fuckign go digital. so many gamers are lagging the **** out of the advancement of gaming. i cannot wait for the next big logical step: STREAMING. global speed of internet is getting faster.
  • Who care which company gets money??
    You're talking like a true fanboy.
  • I've been adopting digital more recently. Most of it is due to sale prices actually being decent. While I like the idea of digital there are some downsides which do need to be countered before going completely digital. The first main concern is HD space. Most people will say get an external HD. Yes this is an option but as a completionist I have heard many times from gamers playing games on eternal drives that it either causes issues with game performance or can glitch achievements. That's a non-starter for me. I currently have a 2tb Gears Console and a 1tb Xbox One X. The gears console holds most games I want installed at once to include bigger games like Battlefield, Gears, etc.. The One X not even close, maybe a couple large games then a bunch of smaller. For a disc less console I would want at least 5tb especially if using gamepass. Second factor is price for digital must be on par or less than physical. Physical always has advantage of re-selling to recover some cost. Digital doesnt, but it does have the advantage if you have multiple consoles as you could load the game on multiple profiles depending on amount of home consoles (which is currently limited to 1). Right now you could load a digital game on max 2 consoles at same time (your home console with second profile & another console using main profile). While this is nice a family with kids and 4 consoles this still doesnt work for, but neither does physical unless buying multiple copies dirt cheap. Back to cost, digital has come down in price with some of the sales, but the really good sales aren't until black friday or end of year. Most of the time in store you can get these prices on physical within a 3 month period after release and pair that with Gamer's club or Amazon Prime discounts (within the first 2mo I believe for Prime) you can get it even cheaper. If you're looking to push digital costs must come down. CoD MW3 should not be $15 for x360 on sale after all these years, try more like $5-7.50. Final thing I wanted to touch on for physical vs digital is digital rights. I find it ridiculous that at times you can purchase a game that say a year later while trying to complete games backlog you never got to, the title has been removed from online store and can no longer be downloaded. Discontinued achievements for servers shutting down is bad enough, but not being able to play a game you purchased takes the top. If I buy a physical copy its mine to play anytime without worrying about losing it unless something happens to the disc. THIS MUST BE ADDRESSED. If these things are correctly fixed I'd imagine a lot more would be on board with digital especially offering trade-in vouchers for current physical copies. In regards to VUDU for disc to digital movies, having over 200 blurays I have a hard time finding half of them as options under that plan and you can still lose rights to those digital copies if VUDU lost their rights to stream it. I'd be more for it, but other than sales VUDU is also overpriced when they want $10 or more for a movie from the 80s that you can find in a bluray bargain bin for $5.
  • I LOVE idea of the disk to digital program. I have only three games in disk. The rest are digital. I wish my collection was all digital. That said, I wouldn't buy a disk-less Xbox, because I use it for blu rays.
  • The ONLY way I would consider buying a console like the Maverick is if the games were at least $20-30 cheaper. I'm not paying $60 for a download.
  • Just reading through the comments it's crazy how many people don't home console share. There's people below talking about buying discs to share with another console in their house.. Or sharing discs with friend/family members. I don't get it.
    The ms store has a lot of games half off right now, including live and game pass. If you share, you get games for a quarter of their retail value during this sale. Share game pass and live for $15 for 6 months each. But at least they can resell their games lol
  • I would like to try the new system but I still want the x1x but this may be a lot better who knows.
  • I prefer a one X discless
  • I'm still gonna call it SADiE 😅
  • I might check it out. Some of the stuff said is all good. But can we finally get an Xfinity app or app from TV networks. I mean Windows finally got CW, but there needs to be more
  • Interesting business model but with a twist.
    I recalled that Microsoft was not keen on the resell of the game disc from the Xbox 1 debut.As Sony wasn't then bothered MS kept to that arrangement.
    The game discs are really just a game licence in physical form to play and by the time you buy the Alpha release - massive code changes would have occured requiring substantive download update to the disc content install.
    You can't sell a digital game and collectors editions are out.
    Not sure if this new Xbox is going to be the real deal??
    The playback of DVDs on all X boxes still look poor compared with my 7 year old Sony budget DVD spinner and on all PS4s as the lip sync issue is still present!!!
    I hope Sony don't follow suit in a disc less console in the PS5.
    Consoles don't need a 4k bluray drive that is for certain.
  • This Xbox One All Digital Edition Will, Have No Resale Value! It’s Essentially Garbage!!!! It anther Paper Weight And There Should Make a Different XBOX All Digital Edition With the 14TB AMD SSD! Or Make Variation Of Storage like Mobile Devices Just on a Low to High Scale! I.E. a 3TB, 6TB and The AMD 14TB The Only Possible Way I’m Going to Buy This Recycled Paper Weight is if you can Actual Use YouTube TV as your One Guide, And There Make Better Support for Wireless USB Dongle HeadPhones, maybe Even a Add a Couple more USB’s So I Can Turn it into a Streaming Device for Games I Play On Twitch!