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Microsoft may be working on an Xbox One that ditches the disc drive

Microsoft may be working on an Xbox One that ditches the disc drive




Rumors suggest that the newest model of Microsoft's Xbox One will not have a disc drive and will strictly play digital content.




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.




The company has also unveiled plans for a cloud-gaming service, Project xCloud, which would allow users to stream video games to multiple devices.



The next version of the Xbox One may forgo a disc-drive entirely, based on a new report from Thurrott.com. The site is reporting that Microsoft has created a new SKU for another Xbox One model launching next year, and Microsoft will let Xbox owners trade in their discs for digital copies at Microsoft Stores.
Getting rid of the console's disc drive would allow Microsoft to lower the price of entry into the Xbox family even further. Microsoft currently offers two different models of the console; the more powerful Xbox One X for $499, and the $250 Xbox One S.
A time frame for the release of disc-less Xbox has not been set, though Thurrott reports that the console was first targeted for Spring 2019. The Xbox One X was released in November 2017, while the Xbox One S launched in August 2016. The original Xbox One model launched in 2013 but has since been discontinued.
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