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Microsoft's Disc-Less Xbox Is Coming in May

An all-digital Xbox One S is on the way.

Apr 17, 2019

By: Max Cannon

During April's Inside Xbox event, Microsoft gave us a good idea of their 2019 plans for the future of their gaming division. Revealing an all-digital Xbox One S, Xbox One X upgrades to some older games, and a big overhaul to both Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold gives us a lot to talk about. Keep reading on for a summary on everything Xbox. 

The Xbox One S All-Digital is coming on May 7th for $250.The Xbox One S All-Digital is coming on May 7th for $250.

A New Take on an Old Machine

The biggest piece of news is certainly the Xbox One S All-Digital. This machine is the old Xbox One S, not to be confused with the more powerful Xbox One X, except this time around you won't be putting any discs into this device. Everything you play on here will need to be downloaded and installed over an internet connection and fortunately they've includede a massive 1TB hard drive in this system. The beefy size of that storage means that you can install even more games but it doesn't take away from the pricey $250 they're asking for, especially when you consider that you can buy an Xbox One S that takes discs -- with less hard drive space -- for $50 less. This is possibly the last time we'll see a machine with the Xbox One branding as the next Xbox is right around the corner.

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If you're one of those lucky gamers to have an Xbox One X at home, then you may also be happy to hear about the some new Xbox One X upgrades. When a game is Xbox One X Enhanced it means that the game has some visual and graphical improvements that aren't possible on any other Xbox console. The list of games getting the latest One X update includes: Ninja Gaiden 2, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction, Fable 2, and Fable 3. If you have these games on that powerful, powerful machine then consider booting them back up to see what's changed.

The latest Xbox One X Enhanced games.The latest Xbox One X Enhanced games.Courtesy of Xbox

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

We're starting to see A LOT of different subscription services, so it's welcome to hear about Xbox merging their pair of programs into one slightly cheaper bundle. Both Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold will currently set you back $10 a month each. While you'll still be able to get each service on its own, if you're the type of person to pick up both then you'll be interested in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Chopping off 5 bucks a month, $15 a month will get you into both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for just one price. And, if you've already paid in advance for either service, it's rumored that you can automatically combine both services and be credited for what you've already paid for. No official dates have come out on this new service but special Xbox Insiders have gotten the opportunity to try it out a bit earlier.

Xbox Game Pass continues to be the best deal in gaming.Xbox Game Pass continues to be the best deal in gaming.
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