Microsoft Might Be Launching Its Disc-Less Xbox As Soon As Next Month

According to some fresh rumours, a new Xbox One S variant could be launching as soon as next month, and this one won’t have a disc drive.

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Codenamed Maverick, the rumours actually started back in November of 2018 via Thurrott, but according to sources close to Windows Central, more details have emerged. The all-digital Xbox One S will reportedly be available for pre-order in mid-April, with orders shipping in early May worldwide.

The idea is that the new console would become, essentially, a machine for Xbox Game Pass and Microsoft’s upcoming game streaming service, Project xCloud, which boasts the ability to play on virtually anything with a screen, including smartphones. If true, Maverick would provide an even cheaper entry point into high-end console gaming.

There are no hard price rumours just yet, but the earlier rumours suggest it could be cheaper than US $200, which translates to roughly $282 Australian. Don’t expect more power compared to the standard One S, though, it probably won’t be much different in that respect.

However, the company is still expected to discuss some details about its next-gen hardware at this year’s E3 conference in June. It probably won’t be a full reveal, but we’ll likely get a brief look at what the team’s up to and when to expect more.

There are also rumours the company will announce a Fortnite Edition Xbox, but it’s not clear whether it’ll be disc-less, a standard One S, or a One X. Either way, we’ll probably hear more about it soon enough.