Posted March 22, 2019 by David Latham in Feature

Disc-less Digital Xbox One S To Arrive In May

We don’t usually dive into the world of rumours and speculations in our reporting here at Rocket Chainsaw, but today we feel comfortable that there’s enough evidence to say that the new disc-less digital Xbox One S console will be arriving on May 7, 2019.

Our expectation comes as a result of some source confirming from Windows Central, who has received documents including box art, as well as details as to what will come inside the digital Xbox One S box.

Players can expect to find a 1 TB HDD packed with Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3. The console will support 4K and HDR though as per the normal Xbox One S, the new digital Xbox One S will likely only support 4K for digital video such as Netflix, not gaming. While the console might come with a trial for the Xbox Games Pass (which would make sense to us), currently the evidence from Windows Central suggests otherwise.

Windows Central is also claiming that the digital Xbox One S will have the lowest retail price point for the family of Xbox consoles, which leads us to believe it will launch for around $279-299 here in Australia.

Digital Xbox One S

While Microsoft is working hard on its next generation console family codenamed Lockhart and Anaconda, this new console will provide an important testing ground to see how the public react to a console that doesn’t require any physical purchases.

While retail stores can sell codes for games, digital-only gaming is what got Microsoft in to a bit of strife when they first announced the Xbox One, as the original plan with this generation was to have the disc activate once on one account, thus not allowing the owner of the game to sell or trade-in their purchase. With the new digital Xbox One S, this will be the case once again so we will be following closely the community reaction as we head towards the next generation which is believed to include a disc-less console at launch.

Stay tuned to Rocket Chainsaw for more on the digital Xbox One S and next generation of consoles as we head closer to E3 2019.

David Latham

David has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from a Go8 university but only uses his unique set of skills writing for passion. By day he's a stay-at-home father of two, by night he responds to the Bat-Signal. Where does he find the time?