Posted in Technology NewsMicrosoft is about to launch a fair cheaper Xbox One S. So as to minimize prices, the corporate is eradicating the Blu-ray disc drive altogether. In line with leaked advertising and marketing photos noticed by WinFuture (through Thurrott), the console may launch on Could seventh for €229 in Germany. On condition that the launch is only a few weeks away and that these advertising and marketing photos line up completely with earlier rumors, likelihood is that is the actual deal. As you may see on WinFuture’s photos, it appears to be like precisely like an Xbox One S with out the disc slot. The console is known as Xbox One S All Digital and comes with a 1TB arduous drive — most traditional Xbox One S consoles at the moment additionally characteristic a 1TB arduous drive. Microsoft states clearly that this console is just for digital video games. If you have already got bodily Xbox One video games, you received’t be capable to insert them within the console. Clients get three video games at no cost with the console by means of obtain codes — Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon three. You possibly can then purchase extra video games within the on-line retailer or subscribe to the Xbox Sport Move to entry a library of video games. This mannequin ought to value €229 in Germany, however you may be capable to purchase it for much less. As an illustration, an Xbox One S formally prices €299 on Microsoft’s web site, however you may simply purchase it for €200 on Amazon and thru different retailers. Microsoft often makes use of the identical worth factors in USD, so I wouldn’t be shocked if the Xbox One S All Digital formally prices $229 within the U.S. It’s clear that Microsoft is testing the market with this console. The corporate has been pivoting to a subscription mannequin. The Xbox model is evolving from a gaming console model to a service model. This must be Microsoft’s key differentiating issue with the subsequent technology of consoles.