Our own mockup of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition
The disc-less Xbox One rumors got their biggest boost yet with a new report from Windows Central that details a name, hardware, release date, and bundled-in games. The outlet says the console will be sold as Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, and that it has even seen the console's box art. Though it withheld those images to protect its sources' anonymity, it did Photoshop up some replicas that look exactly like you'd expect: an Xbox One S without a slot for a disc drive or an eject button.
According to the report, the disc-less Xbox One (which is codenamed Maverick) will debut sometime in mid-April, and hit shelves around the world on May 7, 2019. It's being positioned as the most budget-friendly member of the Xbox One family, meaning you can expect it to cost less than the current Xbox One S models. You also shouldn't expect a significant performance boost; this is another Xbox One, not the dawn of Xbox Project Scarlett.
The box will reportedly include the console with a built-in 1 TB hard drive, a controller, and three games: Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves, and Minecraft (they'll come in the form of download codes, which I probably didn't need to specify in this case). It sounds like it won’t come with a subscription to Xbox Game Pass.
I remember industry talk going back and forth years ago about whether brick-and-mortar retailers would even bother stocking digital-only consoles, since they wouldn't bring in more sales from boxed games. Xbox game streaming and Google Stadia beaming games directly into any given online-connected screen could make it all a moot point anyway.
Find more to play in our list of the best Xbox One games. Or if you're more in the mood for commiseration, enjoy this video look at asinine stunts we can't stop pulling in games.