Cheaper, disc-free Xbox One option coming next year

Gerardo Harmon
November 18, 2018

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Thurrott also reports that Microsoft will offer a trade-in program for Xbox owners to bring their physical games into Microsoft stores and exchange them for digital downloads if they choose to opt for a console without a disc-drive.

Earlier this year Microsoft introduced Xbox Game Pass, an affordable digital video game service that gives subscribers access to an ever-increasing library with more than one hundred games.

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On top of this rumored discless console, Thurrott also reports that Microsoft will release a revised Xbox One S console that retains the disc drive but still has a lower cost.

Thurott's Brad Sams says that the console is basically an Xbox One S with the optical drive removed - a change created to bring the Xbox One hardware's price to the lowest point possible.

The new model is completely separate from the next gen console which fans have nicknamed Xbox Two and which is believed to have the internal codename of Scarlett.

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The brand new disc-less Xbox One should be arriving in "the spring of 2019" which they heard was "the target as this device is well on its path to production". Additionally, you should know that RGB lighting now only runs from the keyboard's hardware playback and can not be customized from the Xbox One just yet.

Interestingly, their sources claim that Microsoft have still not come up with a decision on whether the Scarlett family will include disc drives or not, and apparently will be making "a final decision shortly".

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