As rumoured for months, Microsoft has finally unveiled a discless version of the Xbox One S, termed the "Xbox One S All Digital Edition".
The console will be released on May 7, according to Kotaku alumni Keza MacDonald at The Guardian. It'll sell for $US249 or €199 internationally, making $299 a likely price point for the console in Australia. Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves and Minecraft will ship on the 1TB console, which will also come with a discounted Xbox Game Pass subscription to account for the lack of a disc drive.
Update 0950: Microsoft's local team has announced via press release that the Xbox One S All-Digital console will arrive "in Australia later this year". "We hope to share more details on local availability and pricing in the coming weeks," the company says.
"We’re not looking to push customers toward digital; it’s about meeting the needs of customers that are digital natives that prefer digital-based media," The Guardian quoted Microsoft's Jeff Gattis as saying.
The console, announced during Microsoft's Inside Xbox stream this morning, would also be priced around $US50 lower than the existing Xbox One S model during sale periods. It's not known what that looks like locally, but with Xbox One S bundles having dropped to $299 and further over the last year, it might mean we could expect a version of the console to be priced at closer to $200 around Black Friday or the holidays.
Of course, not having a disc also means Digital Console owners can't take advantage of older, cheaper titles at retail. They'll also miss out on Xbox One backward compatibility, unless those titles are made available digitally.
The company also announced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate this morning, a combination of the Xbox Live Gold multiplayer subscription and Xbox Game Pass for $15.95 a month.