Microsoft Could launch a disc-less Xbox One$ 4,599 in 2019 according to sources familiar with the company’s plans.
In addition to forsaking physical media, in addition, it intends to allow Xbox One owners to trade in their present games on disc for electronic downloads. The reason for such a drastic move is to have the purchase price of the Xbox One reduced and ensuring its below $200 (approximately Rs. 14,000).
“Presently , it costs about $299 to purchase in the Xbox One family of devices,” writes Xbox Cartoon Brad Sams. “Microsoft is seeking to lower that cost by maybe up to $100; the console price point is predicted to be $200 or less”
If you’re in the market for a brand new Xbox One that can play games without needing to get online or worry about Microsoft’s servers being unavailable, you are in luck. There will be a different Xbox One S variant that ships using a disk drive. Sams says that”Microsoft is moving forward very closely with this product as it understands that a sizeable portion of its users do prefer to buy physical matches and not download them.” Though if that was really the situation, it would not be researching a disc-free Xbox One to start with.
And though the company may allow Xbox One owners to exchange their matches on discs for electronic downloads, it is not entirely new. Sony had a similar program for its PSP users in Japan through the launch of the PS Vita though it never saw the light of day out of that nation.
Previously Sams stated that Microsoft had two Xbox One streaming devices in the works. The first will be built along the lines of this Chromecast and priced at about $100. The other will be”like the Apple TV”, possibly integrating with Windows 10 programs and encouraging lightweight games. It might be priced between $150 and $175. These will help Microsoft target and hopefully win back the living room. It seems that these plans have been placed on the back burner as it focusses on just removing the disk drive in your Xbox One, that we hope does not come to fruition given that accessing the library of articles is dependent on Microsoft’s servers being online and having a super fast Internet connection is required.