Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.


Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence


Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
News18 » Tech
1-min read

New Xbox One S Drops Disc Drive, to go Digital in May

A new revision of the Xbox One S is being prepared for launch in May, according to a report from Windows Central. It will be sold as an All-Digital Edition specifically for use with value-oriented subscription service Xbox Game Pass.

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:March 7, 2019, 12:03 PM IST
Microsoft, Xbox One X, Project Scorpio, Gaming Console
Xbox One Now Streams PC Games Via Wireless Display App (Image: AFP Relaxnews)

After presenting the Xbox One as a more expensive, less powerful, and less convenient alternative to the the PlayStation 4 in 2013, an All-Digital Edition of the Xbox One S is ready to capitalize on enthusiasm for what Microsoft has presented as a "Netflix for games." Pre-orders are to open in April ahead of a mid-May retail debut, according to Windows Central, setting up what could be a triumphant and unopposed run at June's 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo in the absence of traditional rival PlayStation.

The download-only Xbox Game Pass, available as a US$9.99 monthly subscription (currently US$1 on promotion) for Xbox One and Windows 10, provides inclusive access to Xbox exclusives on launch -- "Forza Horizon 4," "Crackdown 3," "Sea of Thieves" among them -- as well as a library of over 200 games. Though it doesn't include online multiplayer access -- a separate Xbox Live membership is required for that -- the scheme has now expanded to tie or surpass PlayStation's 2010 forerunner, PlayStation Plus, in terms of perceived value.

Xbox One S bundles frequently retail for US$229 to US$279 new, and removing the Blu-Ray drive from the All-Digital Edition is expected to bring that price down further, perhaps even under US$200. All this represents a dramatic reversal from the start of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era. When the Xbox One was revealed at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft envisioned a future where physical discs were no longer needed: the console would be voice activated, always online, and there'd be no disc sharing, swapping, or re-selling.

Game fans reacted negatively. The largely undesired voice and movement sensor, Kinect, raised the Xbox One's price, while many gamers depended on disc sharing or the secondhand market for access to new games. Furthermore, online requirements shut out those without stable connections, including those in the military -- an especially grave faux pas in the US.

Even though Xbox went back on its always-online, no-sharing plans, and later took out Kinect, the damage was already done. The more powerful, less expensive, far less digitally aggressive PlayStation 4 was much better received.

But in 2019, PlayStation has experienced a sharp slowdown in major game releases, with the company thought to be shifting focus to an unannounced PlayStation 5. Meanwhile Microsoft is preparing cloud gaming platform xCloud, to which this All-Digital Xbox One S appears especially well-suited.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

| Edited by: ---
Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch


Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results