The previous rumours are returning: Microsoft is trying a cheaper solution for the Xbox One.
WindowsCentral reports about a rumour that Microsoft is planning an Xbox One S console that would not have a Blu-ray disc drive (and thus, cheaper-to-produce and cheaper than a normal Xbox One S model). Its internal code name is Xbox Maverick, and the surprise would be how early the Redmond-based company would start its pre-orders, let alone how quick the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition would hit the market! (What a weird name, but at least it shows what it is: it’s digital only!)
WindowsCentral also says that the pre-orders could start in mid-April, and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition would be available from May 7. The console „could be a near-global simultaneous launch for almost all existing Xbox markets,” which wasn’t the case with previous Xbox consoles.
The site also mentions that there would be a Fortnite Edition console, but we don’t know if it would be for the Xbox One S, the Xbox One S, or even the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.
So Microsoft is trying to do what they initially wanted with the Xbox One: as we’re talking about a disc drive-lacking console, it will most likely require an Internet connection (to download the games for example…) to be used.