The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will be the first main home console in the era of disk drives to be delivered without an optical drive, Microsoft confirmed. The new system will be launched on May 7 in the United States and will have a similar resemblance to the existing Xbox One S that they share the same outer shell and motherboard with only a plastic blocker where the disk slot was previously.
In an interview with Ars Technica, the Microsoft platform and devices, Jeff Gatis confirmed the $ 249 MSRP, which includes a non-disk console (currently only "bone white"), a matching Xbox One controller, an internal 1TB hard drive, and three bundled packages. code of the game: Minecraft Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3 . This model will be launched "on most Xbox One markets" on May 7, says Microsoft, and all existing Xbox One accessories will be compatible with the All-Digital Edition thanks to its identical motherboard. "passed the value of removing the disk drive to the client." I asked him, however, how he believed that with the fact that since the press, most retailers listed the existing Xbox One S packages (at least one pack in the game) at $ 249.
– I'm painfully aware with that, "said Gattis, before suggesting that" right now, if you go into retailers like Best Buy, [the existing Xbox One S] is a $ 299 product. "But at the time of the press, Best Buy and the Microsoft Store list are forcing Xbox One S 1TB Packages for $ 249. However, Gattis explained Microsoft's intention to maintain a "$ 50 delta" between the Xbox One S disc drive (including 4K Blu-ray Disc and XB1S All-Digital Edition: "Over time, the same price deltas will be transferred to the All-Digital Edition, which is to keep the price difference at $ 50." I expect these ratios to stay in place after the All-Digital Edition is on the market. "
Gattis hinted that the $ 50 delta has also become big sales promotions like Black Friday:" I do not confirm the price of [All-Digital Edition] $ 149 [during Black Friday] but there will be a gap of $ 50 between the two products. " But Gathis did not explain how this $ 50 delta will appear on May 7 and seems to be transferring this dollar to retailers at the moment
"Would it be nice if it were less?" Although Xbox One S has already been an impressive contraction of the original Xbox One, Gattis says Microsoft decided to move even further on this new hardware revision, although the Blu-ray drive of the XB1S and 47.9 square inches), occupying 18.6 percent of its volume.
When asked why Microsoft did not shrink the comprehensive version, Gathis underscored the "value" of this XB1S. "By reworking the motherboard and the chassis, we can get to a small form factor, but this time and engineering costs would make it less attractive from a consumer perspective, "he told Ars." Some people may think it took less than 10 minutes for to do this, but we had to go through a new test cycle, quality control, etc. "
Cog Microsoft's product design team is too busy Building a brand new console – the one that has already been announced by Xbox boss Phil Spencer – Gatis just recognized the "other console generation". Then he added, "At this stage in our generation, we thought this was the right thing to do to not invest a lot of time in order to redesign the [Xbox One S] form factor. Would it be nice if [the All-Digital Edition]
It is curious that the digital version does not come with an Xbox Game Pass package – a subscription service that allows Xbox One owners to download and play a huge choice of games as long as they pay for subscribers The presence of this console looks absolutely thoughtful for something like the Xbox Game Pass, (19659008) When asked about the lack of a Game Pass offer, Gatis explained that "when you assemble something like that [in a console purchase] ] it does not receive the absorption and conversion "- perhaps because initial subscribers do not have to enter credit card information when using free voucher code. In this way, buyers of the XB1S All-Digital Edition will be presented with some form of initial subscription offer for the Xbox Game Pass, which usually costs $ 10 / month but currently includes an initial $ 1 price for the first three months of the players.
Gathis says that the new console's offer will be "richer" and that "we will experiment". But he declined to offer more details. Update : Minutes after an article appeared, Larry "Major Nelson" from Xbox confirmed that the new owners of the XB1S All-Digital Edition will receive a three-month Xbox Game Pass offer for $ 1. Xbox fans who would like to transfer older disc-based games to a console without drives. When asked about the rumors they offered about older games, Gatis did not have a solid answer. "You can assume that we are aware of this and we want to find a way to solve it," he told Ars. "We still have nothing to share."
So far, Microsoft intends to sell this model alongside Xbox One S and Xbox One X. "This is an add-on," said Gatsis for Ars. "We are not trying to push a digital agenda, we've seen a customer segment that prefers to buy [its] content digitally, and it's a choice at the end of the day."
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition comes almost 10 years after Sony tried to revise a disc-free system, even with the portable PSP Go. This hardware revision turned out to be less than its predecessor, though it meant more tight control situations that we were not interested at then. Today's news also reminds us of the Nintendo Wii review for 2011, which removed the GameCube ports and Wi-Fi chips, only slightly lowering the price.
In his initial notes on the new console, Gathis suggests that the market survey includes comments from a "generation-Z audience" who was wondering aloud, "is not that worth more than One S thanks to extra convenience?" But it is difficult to agree. This new Xbox One takes a few basic features such as playing movies on disk, maintaining disk games whose digital versions are deleted due to expired licenses and profit from trading or selling the game after you finish it.
And without revisiting the hardware to reduce volume, the only vision we get in return is "$ 50 delta," which is currently in the hands of retailers to impose rather than Microsoft.
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