According to Thurott's latest article, Microsoft seems to be developing a new console for the Xbox One family. This low-cost model can play a normal Xbox One game, but there is no Blu-ray drive.
This allows you to reduce the price of the entry-level Xbox One. The official price of Xbox One S comes from $ 299, but can be found around $ 250 on Amazon. For an Xbox One without a disc, it may be possible to start from $ 199.
People who own Xbox One and game discs can go to official dealerships and swap discs for digital download codes. For those with a slow communication speed, I'd like to expect a new hard drive to come with the new Xbox.
When I first announced the Xbox One in 2013, Microsoft was trying to strongly promote digital games. In the original plan, the game media was linked to the user's Xbox account. After that, you can now play without having to put the disk. In addition, Microsoft has devised a way to lend game discs to friends for 30 days.
After that, Microsoft reacted and abandoned that plan and restored it to the traditional method. But five years have passed since then, digital download has become more popular than ever, the speed of Internet connection has never been so fast.
Microsoft also believes future games will be subscription-based. If you subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass, you can use dozens of games for $ 10 a month. You can also sign up for EA Access on Xbox One. Eventually, streaming service subscriptions can replace the Xbox itself. But I did not go that far.
According to Thurott, Microsoft is preparing a revised version of Xbox One S, it says it may be a bit cheaper. The disk drives come with us as usual.[原文へ]
(Translation: Nob Takahashi / Facebook)