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The 'Xbox Maverick' console will be named 'Xbox One S All-Digital Edition,' preorders in April 2019
Posted: Posted March 6th
Edited March 6th by Q


According to our sources, Microsoft's disc-less Xbox experiment is nearly ready for the prime time.

irst detailed by Brad Sams of Thurrott.com, Microsoft has been experimenting with a disc-less Xbox One S console codenamed Xbox Maverick, with a launch window thought to be around Q1 2019. According to our sources, we now know a little bit more about the timing and marketing name of this intriguing new console.

Microsoft is reportedly set to call the disc-less Maverick console the "Xbox One S All-Digital Edition," with preorders aiming for mid-April 2019 and with general availability coming in early May 2019. It looks as though it could be near-global simultaneous launch for almost all existing Xbox markets.



The disc-less Xbox One S would be a first for the company, offering fans the ability to ditch discs altogether and go all-in on digital game licenses. As Microsoft pushes for greater access to its game library via things like the Xbox Game Pass digital subscription and the incoming streaming service Project xCloud, dropping the disc drive from the "All-Digital Edition" should make it the cheapest Xbox console yet, although we have no word on pricing just yet or whether the console will see any design refinements beyond simply dropping the disc drive.

In addition to the disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, we've heard Microsoft may be gearing up to announce a Fortnite Edition console with a custom Fortnite design, rather than a simple game bundle. It's unclear whether the Fortnite console would be a regular S, an X, or a disc-less version at this time, but we'll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

As always with these sorts of rumors, take them with a pinch of salt until the official confirmation, as plans can and do change, but this is looking pretty solid right now. Losing the disc drive puts a limit on the amount of 4K content you can consume on Xbox, particularly outside of the USA where 4K digital video offerings are lacking compared to physical 4K Blu-ray discs. But going all-digital brings benefits like pre-loading of games, and instant refunds via the Microsoft Account page.

Whether or not the discless future will extend to the rumored next-gen Xbox Anaconda and Lockhart "Scarlett" range consoles remains to be seen, but if the All-Digital Edition proves successful, it may tip Microsoft's hand.
https://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-one-s-all-digital-edition-preorder


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What do you guys think? Would you buy a digital only console?

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I'd get it if they had it set up so that you could sell or trade your digital licenses with other people.

Honestly most of my xbox games are digital anyway, but sometimes physical games have much better sales than digital and sometimes you just get tired of owning a game. In the current climate where digital distributors don't want to give people any rights over the software they purchase, no, it's not a good idea.

Posted March 6th by I killed Mufasa
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Well, with XBOX Live anyway, as long as you keep the same XBOX live account you'll always have the game you bought digitally. I do think that MS, and other video game companies as well, are moving towards digital distribution and streaming like XBOX Game Pass and PlayStation Now.

However I can see there being a problem when the game is taken off of the XBOX Store so if you get a new console you may not be able to download the game again.



Posted March 6th by Q
Q
 

A digital only xbox should have a minimum of 2TB storage and options for 4TB. What happens if MS pulls out of the console/video game market for good and their store shuts down completely? Nintendo hasn't quite done that but they have shut down the wii store for example and you can't transfer wii games to switch. You can't transfer digital ps1 classics from PS3 to PS4.

There is a myriad of problems with digital games when you can't get rid of them and recuperate your cost a bit on them. There needs to be some more flexibility.

Edited March 6th by I killed Mufasa
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"A digital only xbox should have a minimum of 2TB storage and options for 4TB."

No Doubt. But maybe with the disc drive being taken out, MS could add a larger HDD and keep the costs the same as a regular X1.

"What happens if MS pulls out of the console/video game market for good and their store shuts down completely?"

Not saying this could never happen, but I seriously doubt it ever would. MS may at some point stop making consoles, but thier XBOX Service will live on. I think this is evidenced by the rumors of XBOX GamePass going to the Nintendo switch. I think MS may get to the point where their games are available on any platform that will allow it, so probably not the PlayStation.

"Nintendo hasn't quite done that but they have shut down the wii store for example and you can't transfer wii games to switch"

You have a point, but the difference between the Wii shop and XBOX Live is that XBOX Live is a unified platform. MS is working to make all games made for all of their past consoles, as well as current gen consoles available on the same service. I really think that going forward you'll see all of your X1 games be compatible with future XBOX hardware as well as hardware that XBOX live is available on like the PC.

"You can't transfer digital ps1 classics from PS3 to PS4. "

Yeah I know, and it's stupid that you can't. The PS4 is easily able to handle PS1 games. It's sony that doesnt seem to want to allow it.

"There is a myriad of problems with digital games when you can't get rid of them and recuperate your cost a bit on them. There needs to be some more flexibility."

Agreed. There should be some way of selling or trading in a digital game on another game.

Edited March 6th by Q
Q
 

How big would this console be? A part of me still prefers physical but digital isn't that bad as long as there is a way to be able to continue playing my games long after the servers shutdown.

Posted March 6th by S.o.h
S.o.h
 

I would imagine that it would be atleast 30-40% smaller since they are taking out a large optical disc drive. I guess it would depend on how small MS could get the motherboard and still keep the system cool.

Posted March 6th by Q
Q
 

It's really too bad you can't play physical media right off the disk anymore. Aside from the trading/reselling side of things there's not even a point in having physical media for ps4 and xbox anymore. If they could just tie up that one loose end with digital this could be a positive thing for everyone. Let people own what they buy rather than just have a license for it.

Posted March 6th by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

"It's really too bad you can't play physical media right off the disk anymore."

The reason for this is because games have gotten so large, you cannot load the entire game in RAM anymore. Pieces of a game must be swapped in and out of RAM. To keep the load times to a minimum, most modern games simply install most, if not all, of the game from the game disk onto the HDD when you first put it in. It's a price we pay to have huge open world games like Horizon Zero Dawn, and Read Dead Redemption 2 with HD graphics and audio.

Nintendo gets around this by using flash memory based game cartridges, but this format is more expensive for the amount of memory and tend to not have as large of a capacity as blurays. The Switches game cards currently only go up to 32GB, but Nintendo is supposedly coming out with 64GB game cards sometime this year.

To compare that to the average 50GB blurays used by the PS4 and X1, this seems to provide more storage. But those higher capacity cards are going to be more expensive than the lower capacity cards. Meaning that some publishers might choose to either not use them or charge a higher price for Switch versions of games like Capcom is going to do with the Resident Evil games.

Posted March 6th by Q
Q
 

Yeah, just wait for a sale. :P

Posted March 6th by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

What happens if MS pulls out of the console/video game market for good and their store shuts down completely?
That's when the Piracy community steps up to bat. You can bet your ass that, within a year of that happening, people will be cracking the copy-protection software and torrenting their games. Assuming that they haven't already done so, by that point.

Of course, if you mean legally, then we're screwed, and there's nothing we can do, unless someone else takes over, like Valve.

Edited March 6th by Axem Great Water
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