Last November, we reported on a rumor from Thurrott that indicated Microsoft is working on a cheaper, disc-free version of Xbox One. Thurrott claims this upcoming model will only play digital games and that Microsoft will partner with retailers to let players trade in their discs for digital download codes. According to the latest from the rumor mill, we’ll see this new console revealed quite soon.
A new article from Windows Central claims that the disc-free model, previously code-named “Maverick,” will be called “Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.” They expect pre-orders to open sometime in mid-April with the actual launch coming in May. They also believe it will launch simultaneously in nearly all existing Xbox markets. Unfortunately, they do not know what the price point will be, although Thurrott put it at “$200 or less.”
Windows Central has also heard rumors of a special edition Fortnite Xbox. This would be a bundle that includes a custom-designed Xbox, though Windows Central is not clear on whether this is an S model, an X model, or an All-Digital Edition model. As usual, we advise you to treat unconfirmed rumors with a healthy dose of skepticism. That said, Thurrott has a pretty good track record on Xbox scoops, so we think a disc-free Xbox model is likely.
Source: Windows Central