Rumors have been flying for a while that Microsoft was planning an all-digital Xbox One – a measure that would fill the gap between now and when next-gen consoles come to market. Now, Winfuture.de has managed to obtain leaked retail images of the all-digital version of the Xbox One.
The box, as seen in the tweet here, looks like the regular Xbox One S without the sleek slit on the left for the disc drive. Now, one could argue that this is nothing more than a photoshopped box, and it could be, but the box shown here, indicates that this particular model will include Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3. The box art also indicates that it comes with a 1 TB hard drive which, at this point, is good enough for 20 or so premium games depending on the size of each.
We can’t help but point out that Xbox is simply trying set a precedent for disc-less consoles, which is a smart move considering the next-gen Xbox is rumored to be void of a disc drive altogether. It’s been said that this disc-less Xbox One will be available for pre-order starting this month, April 2019, and will be on store shelves by sometime in May of 2019. For those worried about your physical game collection, it’s been said that Microsoft is planning a “disc-to-digital” campaign that will allow you to trade in your game discs for digital download codes. The company is also said to be preparing an Xbox Live \ Xbox Game Pass bundle that’ll set you back $15 and will give you access to the entire game pass library.
We’re not sure when the official announcement for the disc-less Xbox One will come, but April 16 is a good bet since that’s when the next Inside Xbox event is taking place. The real question is whether or not we’re ready to go disc-less and if we ever actually truly own digital content.