Microsoft’s cheaper, disc-less Xbox One S sounds like a good buy in 2019


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Microsoft has just unveiled the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, a new version of its gaming console that doesn’t include a disc drive. It’s cheaper by $50 than the standard Xbox One S at $249, and it’ll arrive in stores on May 7.

The company’s ad for the new variant is all about how obvious this evolution is, and Microsoft’s right. It already has a robust system for delivering titles over the internet to your console, and broadband speeds and download caps are increasingly improving around the world.

Plus, 1TB of storage space (included as standard on this model) is plenty of room for several games (recent AAA games with massive open worlds, like Far Cry 5 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, take up roughly 45GB-55GB each). Everything else about the Digital Edition is the same as the regular Xbox One S, including support for 4K HDR output. Oh, and it also comes with Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3.

There’s also the Xbox Game Pass, a subscription service that nets you access to more than 100 games for a monthly fee, including Prey and Just Cause 4. The company’s also just announced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – which tacks on Xbox Live Gold to let you participate in multiplayer action – for $14.99 a month.

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