"All Digital" Xbox One coming May 7, for €229 in Europe

Microsoft has not officially unveiled its rumoured disc-free version of the Xbox One S, the All-Digital Edition, but a new leak has revealed more details about the upcoming console.

It's also been reported that the device will come with a 1TB hard drive, and will be bundled with popular titles like Sea of Thieves, and Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 - though it won't include a Game Pass subscription. WinFuture reports that so-called Xbox One S All Digital, which will support 4K Ultra HD and HDR and ship with a single wireless controller and a 1TB hard drive, will sell for around €230 (around £200); the Xbox One S is now available on Amazon for £179.

This coincides with reports that Microsoft would begin accepting pre-orders for the console this month, with a plan to start deliveries in May. If true, that's a bit expensive for a console with no disc-drive, especially since the standard Xbox One S with its 4K Blu Ray player can often be found at $250 or less when it's on sale. This is is too high considering an Xbox One S bundle costs $248 now.

In the United States, I would expect the console to cost a little bit less than the European price when converted as this pricing would suggest a $259 price point in the US.

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So even though we don't have an official announcement, the evidence is mounting that Microsoft is indeed planning to launch an all-digital Xbox One S soon.

There's also a 7 May launch date and it'll cost 229 Euros.

While likely bad news for retailers and gamers with massive collections, a shift to digital would have its benefits; it would cut out the need to publish games on physical media, which should, in turn, make the production of games more affordable, at least on the publishing side.

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