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Discless Xbox “Maverick” could arrive as soon as May

Enlarge / Prepare to say goodbye to this slot …Sam Machkovech A download-only Xbox One that doesn Including a Blu-ray optical drive could be on the market very soon. Windows Central reports that the device is coded using "Maverick" and carrying the "Xbox One S All-Digital Edition," will be available for pre-order in April, with hardware shipping in May. Pricing hasn't leaked, but the optical drive should make it the cheapest Xbox One yet. The discless Xbox has been rumored for a while. Online purchases and direct downloads have long been part of the Xbox platform, and Microsoft has recently been taking advantage of the freedom that ditching physical media gives with the Xbox Game Pass, which offers access to dozens of downloaded games in return for a monthly fee. . The cost of resilience is a greater dependence on Internet connectivity and the end of the ability to resell second-hand physical media. Those with long memories know that Microsoft's original ambition for the Xbox One was to adopt and model that almost did away with discs; they were to serve as little more than a way to speed up the initial game download — a role that they already frequently serve on the PC &#821 1; with the actual entitlement to play on a given game to your account and requiring an internet connection to establish . It looks like this new discless Xbox One will finally bring that model to pass, albeit without the family sharing that was…

 Prepare to say goodbye to this slot ...

Enlarge / Prepare to say goodbye to this slot …

Sam Machkovech

A download-only Xbox One that doesn Including a Blu-ray optical drive could be on the market very soon.

Windows Central reports that the device is coded using “Maverick” and carrying the “Xbox One S All-Digital Edition,” will be available for pre-order in April, with hardware shipping in May. Pricing hasn’t leaked, but the optical drive should make it the cheapest Xbox One yet.

The discless Xbox has been rumored for a while. Online purchases and direct downloads have long been part of the Xbox platform, and Microsoft has recently been taking advantage of the freedom that ditching physical media gives with the Xbox Game Pass, which offers access to dozens of downloaded games in return for a monthly fee. . The cost of resilience is a greater dependence on Internet connectivity and the end of the ability to resell second-hand physical media.

Those with long memories know that Microsoft’s original ambition for the Xbox One was to adopt and model that almost did away with discs; they were to serve as little more than a way to speed up the initial game download — a role that they already frequently serve on the PC &#821

1; with the actual entitlement to play on a given game to your account and requiring an internet connection to establish . It looks like this new discless Xbox One will finally bring that model to pass, albeit without the family sharing that was originally part of this vision.

Previous rumors about the discless Xbox have included some kind of “disc-to-download” If you have any problems with gamers, you can convert your physical media to your account, enabling them to migrate to this new Xbox — or its discless successors — without having to forfeit their existing investment in optical discs. The report on the imminent availability of the discless system makes no mention of whether this service will materialize.

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