Rumors of this revised version of Xbox One have been an ongoing topic online recently. Since Microsoft has confirmed they are already working in the future iterations of their Xbox One environment, rumors have been constantly been spreading for both their Maverick (a rumored disc-less Xbox) and Anaconda (the successor of Xbox One X) projects. Windows Central recently reported that, according to anonymous sources, the Maverick disc-less Xbox One model will be branded as Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.
According to this report, the console might be closer to release than we thought. Microsoft might be opening pre-orders for the disc-less Xbox One as soon as mid-April, with a full product launch in early May. Even though it was not expected to get an Xbox One revision before E3, it makes sense for Microsoft to get the Maverick model out before June. This would allow the Redmond giant to focus entirely on their plans for the next generation Xbox, as rumors have been predicting for a while and Microsoft itself has been hinting these past months.
Xbox Might Become the Most Affordable Gaming Console
This new leak doesn’t mention any information in regards pricing, but if this one and previous leaks have some truth to them, the new iteration of Xbox One S should be cheaper than it’s current model with an included 4K Blu-Ray drive. We have heard rumors of the device for some time now, with rumors coming from as back as November 2018, and the word in most of those leaks point to a probable $200 price tag for this All-Digital Edition.
Even though a $200 price point is something still up in the air, the idea of it being launched at the same price of the current One S model is a long shot. The lack of an optical drive would definitely cut costs for Microsoft, possibly allowing them to position Xbox as the most affordable gaming option in the market and gain some traction before their big E3 reveals.
Microsoft All-Digital and Affordable Gaming Approach
The idea of an All-Digital console aligns to perfection with Microsoft’s digital strategy. Recently they have been pushing Xbox Live forward, even announcing that it will be coming to Nintendo Switch in some capacity. The same treatment has been given to Game Pass’, with an expanding library that gains strength and quality by every passing month. All these investments in their digital and cloud-based systems prove Xbox is committed, more than ever, to offer an all-digital and affordable gaming experience.
The increasing number of leaks for the Xbox One Maverick, or All-Digital Edition, serves as an indicator that we might get official word on the console soon. If this comes to happen, the possibilities of Microsoft taking E3’s stage to reveal Anaconda are high and fitting to what Phil Spencer has called “[Xbox being] big at E3 as we’ve ever seen”. It is an exciting moment for the Xbox community and we can only hope Microsoft makes the right moves to create a great and affordable gaming environment for all their fan base.