Microsoft's Building a Disc-Less Xbox One for Release in 2019

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Report: Microsoft plans to launch a disc-free Xbox One in 2019

Of course, owners of the disc-less Xbox One console will be more reliant on decent and stable Internet speeds, but the lower price should certainly encourage some potential buyers.

While there isn't an official confirmation from Microsoft on this information just yet, the report details that the console is slated to release in 2019 and will not allow users to insert discs into the console. The final unit is expected to cost $200 or less. According to this report, Microsoft will be offering a "disc-to-digital" trade deal with participating retailers (with the article heavily hinting at Microsoft Stores).

This disc-less Xbox is going to be a part of Microsoft's current generation of Xbox consoles, not a part of the upcoming Scarlett family of consoles that are expected to hit the markets at a later date.

If this idea sounds familiar, it's because Don Mattrick pitched this as the idea for the Xbox One - an idea widely loathed by the gaming community. Sams says that won't be a problem. However, Microsoft are also working on a "disc-to-digital program" that will turn your physical copies of video games into a digital format. Microsoft reversed that policy following public backlash.

A new report has been published from Thurrott that claims Microsoft are planning to release a disc-less Xbox One console in 2019, citing their inside sources. The new disc-free hardware is also separate from Microsoft's reported plans for a streaming-focused box, codenamed Scarlett, that is now expected in the 2020 timeframe.

Microsoft declined to comment on this rumor.

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