REMEMBER WHEN THE Xbox One was first announced? Microsoft executives had a dream, and that dream involved games being tied to accounts rather than the disks in the drive. This would involve the machine essentially not working if it couldn't phone home to Microsoft every 24 hours via an internet connection.
Suffice it to say the public hated it, and Microsoft had to do a complete U-turn before the first console left the production line.
Just six short years later, Microsoft is finally getting its wish. According to a report from Windows Central, the "Xbox One S All Digital Edition" - yes, that's a real name rather than a placeholder until someone comes up with literally anything else - will be available to pre-order from next month with shipping due in May.
Codenamed "Maverick" - see, you can't write any words without coming up with something better than its official title - the machine should come in quite a bit cheaper than the original Xbox One S without the need for that built-in 4K Blu Ray drive.
But the difficulties that made Microsoft U-turn the first time around still remain. Physical games are usually cheaper than digital ones, and you don't have an option to get cash back with a trade in once you've finished them. Still, Microsoft is hoping that its Xbox Games Pass will take away some of that sting: the service lets you play a huge number of games for the cost of a monthly subscription.
That doesn't help people with a vast Xbox One physical games collection already, of course, but then this probably isn't aimed at them. Why would you downgrade from a system with a disk drive to one without? µ
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