As when we spoke about this story in November 2018, it seems that the rumor of the disc-less Xbox One S has resurfaced. Windows Central is claiming that a few sources have verified that we should be expecting the pre-order of the console somewhere in Q1 2019.
According to the piece, Microsoft is set to call the disc-less Maverick console the “Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.” Preorders are expected for mid-April 2019, with general availability coming in early May. It looks as though it could be near-global simultaneous launch for almost all existing Xbox markets.
The disc-less Xbox One S would go all-in on digital game licenses. As Microsoft pushes for greater access to its game library via things like the Xbox Game Pass and the upcoming streaming service Project xCloud.
In addition to all that, they are reporting Microsoft may announce a Fortnite Edition console with a custom Fortnite design. Obviously, without the disc drive in the console, you could expect the console to be more inexpensive.
However, it does bring up another question: how much hard drive space will it have? If you are dropping a new all-digital console, you are going to need to give it a hefty storage space. Remember when the original Xbox One was released, it only had 500 GB. It was quite some time before they dropped a 1TB version with Halo.
It’s important to bear in mind that for Call of Duty: Infinity Warfare needed 52.1GB of free space. If you got the version that included Modern Warfare Remastered, you needed an additional 45.85GB. That means you would need nearly 100GB for the two games. Yeah, the better include USB ports for external drives, which would cost you an addition $80 for a decent size portable.
Microsoft isn’t known for doing their best first. Anyone remember the Xbox 360 Arcade. That was a joke of a system that didn’t have any storage space. We will just have to wait and see how it turns out. If this even turns out to be true. Like we said, back in November, take this with a major grain of salt.