People are downloading more and more games these days, so Microsoft has decided to extend their Xbox hardware lineup with one extra addition: a discless, digital-only console. It's available in Australia from August 1, and while it'll go on sale later this year, it's currently available for $349.
The discless console is currently priced $30 more than what a 1TB Xbox One S is going for, although neither console is on sale right now. Xbox One S bundles have dropped below $300 in recent years and further during Black Friday and Boxing Day.
And part of that console's success has been because of the disc: it's been the cheapest 4K Blu-Ray player in the Australian market for a while, while also being a baseline games console. The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which comes with Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft and Sea of Thieves pre-installed, is designed to be around $50 cheaper than the Xbox One S. So $199 bundles around Black Friday or Cyber Monday this year aren't off the cards.
The console comes with a 1TB hard drive, and the Xbox One S refresh of the standard Xbox gamepad. The Microsoft Store also notes that all bundles will come with a Apex Legends Founders Pack code emailed out separate to the console, something not mentioned on the JB Hi-Fi or Harvey Norman listings for the console.
Pre-orders for the All Digital Edition are live from today, but the console won't arrive until August. If anything, it's an interesting indication of what Xbox might offer next year with their future console. Phil Spencer confirmed at E3 that Project Scarlett will have a disc drive next year, but that doesn't mean there won't be a cut-down version of the new Xbox without support for physical media.