The new Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. (Microsoft Photo) Microsoft today unveiled the new Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, confirming rumors of the . The $250 console — $50 less than other Xbox One S models — is geared toward gamers who prefer to download games digitally rather than buy physical discs. The new console is another example of Microsoft shifting’s gaming strategy to focus on reaching more gamers on a variety of devices and a greater emphasis on cloud-based gaming. Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will go on sale starting May 7 and come bundled with , and . Microsoft is painting the new device as the most affordable way to play Xbox games and guaranteed that it will remain less expensive than other consoles even as prices fluctuate. Microsoft today also announced plans to , the company’s rotating catalog of 100 games that users can download. The $15 per month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will roll out later this year. Microsoft might have another new console up its sleeve. A second rumored Microsoft project, “” is designed to work with Microsoft’s planned game streaming service. There’s a chance it could be unveiled at the big E3 gaming conference, where Microsoft promised its . The all-digital console feels like a bridge to the company’s grander vision where users can play Xbox games on any number of devices. It has taken other steps to get there, including to Android and iOS devices. The shift will really kick into high gear later this year when the ambitious Project xCloud begins public trials later this year. Microsoft will look to leverage its cloud presence by making it possible for people to play high-powered Xbox games on smartphones. The news of the new Xbox console comes as rival Sony on plans for its next-generation console. The new model won’t arrive this year, and it will feature capability that provides a greater degree of visual realism and ship with a solid-state drive to make it easier to seamlessly load big-budget, open-world games.
The Xbox One S. Microsoft is a new Xbox device that doesn’t have a disc drive and costs less than today’s Xbox One S. Brad Sams at reports that Microsoft could release the all-digital console as soon as next year. For the people who have compiled a collection of game discs over the years, Microsoft plans to offer a “disc to digital” program, where gamers can trade in their physical copies of games for digital downloads at participating retailers. Sams reports that the motivation behind the device is to reduce the cost of entry into the Xbox ecosystem. The new device could cost as much as $100 less than the Xbox One S, which retails for $299. A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment on the report. This device would be separate from the that could come out as soon as 2020, according to Sams. One of those rumored devices, known as “Scarlett Cloud,” could run games both locally and in its Azure cloud — also known as slice or splice. Microsoft’s possible push toward an all-digital Xbox comes as the company has invested heavily in game streaming services. , introduced last year, includes a rotating list of titles that can be downloaded directly. Last month, Microsoft introduced a new program called that will provide access to a library of more than 3,000 games developed for Xbox to gamers across consoles, PCs, and mobile devices.