Traditionally near the end of every hardware cycle we see cheaper models get released. While some are arguably more robust than the original launch editions of a system (PS3 Slim, Xbox 360 E), and others not so much (New 2ds XL, Wii Mini), its not surprising to see that Microsoft might be doing the same with their Xbox One S (which itself is a revised cheaper version of the Xbox One that is more robust).
The rumor comes from a post on Windows Central in which they claim sources close to the project have confirmed an “All Digital Edition” known internally as “Maverick”. According to their sources Pre-orders for the digital-only console should begin sometime in April and ship in May. No word on the pricing yet but all reports on the Maverick have said that it will be cheaper than the Xbox One S, with reports from last year indicating a possible $199 price point.
While this is still a rumor and even Windows Central tells readers to take this with a grain of salt, it wouldn’t be too wild of an idea for Microsoft to launch a disc-less console given the success of Game Pass and the popularity of digital-only sales.
One thing to note with this is that one of the sales points with the current Xbox One S model is the ability to play 4K Blue-rays natively on the system. While physical media itself is sunsetting, it will be interesting to see if removing that feature could hurt sales, as well as make this Xbox a truly online-only console. If that happens when we’ve gone full circle from the systems reveal back in 2014.
Either way, if this rumor is true, then this budget Xbox paired with Game Pass might be the best way to play modern video games at a minimal cost.
What do you think about a disc-less Xbox console? Would you pick this up if the price was right? Do you think this may be the first step to a more locked down always online future? What do you think of the short form of it as the Xbox One SAD? Let us know in the comments below!