Xbox Maverick, the Disc-less Xbox One S

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DITCH THE DISCS?
The 'Xbox Maverick' console will be named 'Xbox One S All-Digital Edition,' preorders in April 2019
According to our sources, Microsoft's disc-less Xbox experiment is nearly ready for the prime time.
JEZ CORDEN
5 Mar 2019 116

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It might look a little like this.

First detailed by Brad Sams of Thurrott.com, Microsoft has been experimenting with a disc-less Xbox One S console codenamed Xbox Maverick, with a launch window thought to be around Q1 2019. According to our sources, we now know a little bit more about the timing and marketing name of this intriguing new console.

Microsoft is reportedly set to call the disc-less Maverick console the "Xbox One S All-Digital Edition," with preorders aiming for mid-April 2019 and with general availability coming in early May 2019. It looks as though it could be near-global simultaneous launch for almost all existing Xbox markets.

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Would you buy a discless Xbox One S?

The disc-less Xbox One S would be a first for the company, offering fans the ability to ditch discs altogether and go all-in on digital game licenses. As Microsoft pushes for greater access to its game library via things like the Xbox Game Pass digital subscription and the incoming streaming service Project xCloud, dropping the disc drive from the "All-Digital Edition" should make it the cheapest Xbox console yet, although we have no word on pricing just yet or whether the console will see any design refinements beyond simply dropping the disc drive.

Related: 12 essential Xbox One accessories under $20

In addition to the disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, we've heard Microsoft may be gearing up to announce a Fortnite Edition console with a custom Fortnite design, rather than a simple game bundle. It's unclear whether the Fortnite console would be a regular S, an X, or a disc-less version at this time, but we'll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

As always with these sorts of rumors, take them with a pinch of salt until the official confirmation, as plans can and do change, but this is looking pretty solid right now. Losing the disc drive puts a limit on the amount of 4K content you can consume on Xbox, particularly outside of the USA where 4K digital video offerings are lacking compared to physical 4K Blu-ray discs. But going all-digital brings benefits like pre-loading of games, and instant refunds via the Microsoft Account page.

Whether or not the discless future will extend to the rumored next-gen Xbox Anaconda and Lockhart "Scarlett" range consoles remains to be seen, but if the All-Digital Edition proves successful, it may tip Microsoft's hand.

Would you be interested in cheaper, all-digital Xbox hardware? Hit the comments and let us know.

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Too many Xboxes. More like, Xbricks for an Xhouse.
Ha, no. Xbox is thousands of times better then the ShitStation 4. Why would you want an ugly, clunky, poorly running piece of nigger shit made by chinks that's only for kids when you could have a superior American Xbox and actually enjoy playing video games? Fuck the ShitStation 4 and fuck you!
 

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Sony tried that with the PSP Go. It didn't fare well. I don't know if everybody has enough powerful Internet to handle all that data.
True, but that was during a more complicated time of internet wasn't it? Then again, game size has increased because no one knows how to fucking compress anymore... and data caps are very real problem. It certainly doesn't help that discs themselves usually only hold one half of the data these days, right? Hmm... we're supposed to be going forward, but we keep chaining ourselves to heavy objects for some reason.
 

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Ha, no. Xbox is thousands of times better then the ShitStation 4. Why would you want an ugly, clunky, poorly running piece of nigger shit made by chinks that's only for kids when you could have a superior American Xbox and actually enjoy playing video games? Fuck the ShitStation 4 and fuck you!
Go Xbone ur mom
 

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Nice. If I didn't already have a Scorpio I might be interested in this, as I haven't bought a physical game for my Hex Bawx in years.

It will decidedly only have niche appeal and only work in certain markets, but it could be interesting how well this fares.

Just keep the "Maverick" handle, Microsoft. Don't name it Xbox One X DL whatever the fuck.
 

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True, but that was during a more complicated time of internet wasn't it? Then again, game size has increased because no one knows how to fucking compress anymore... and data caps are very real problem. It certainly doesn't help that discs themselves usually only hold one half of the data these days, right? Hmm... we're supposed to be going forward, but we keep chaining ourselves to heavy objects for some reason.
Games have been going this way for a while now.

GTAV was one of the last computer games to come in CD, and the box had 16 just for installation.
Optical formats that go up to 6TB exist.


Nobody wants to adopt it since "digital is the future".
 

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Dude what the fuck?!

XBOX has like -3 exclusives and is objectively worse than the PS4 and their priority lies in removing the disc tray?!

DON’T YOU REALIZE THAT WAS THEIR PLAN ALL ALONG?!

They didn’t want people to share their used games.
They got stomped SO hard by Gamers for their plan that they STILL haven’t recovered from this.
Now this.

Just let them have their No Used Games Policy and Always On DRM and let them die in the alleyway.
 

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Meh. I use a custom PC for most of my gaming and a PS4 for...well admittedly just for casually replaying Doom 2016 right now mostly. It's nice, and to be honest I prefer Sony in the history of it all over Microsoft, but seriously, I prefer PC mostly. My rig can't handle the absolute latest AAA high end stuff, so I tend to get it on the PS4 when I can, problem solved.

I can't really give an unbiased opinion because I haven't owned an Xbox since I ended up burning straight through six 360s over the course of around 3-4 years which died for one reason or another. So, hell with it. Properly cared for PCs last way longer, and I find Sony consoles superior so far in modern times.

That said, I am a digital over physical type, but only when the digital isn't walled away where you can't get to it if something fucks up.
 

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If it drops at like, $150, It'd be fine to use as a cheap device IMO> Anything higher and you can buy a used One/One S.
That's a little higher than the price of the Xbox One at an average pawn shop in my area.

Sony tried that with the PSP Go. It didn't fare well. I don't know if everybody has enough powerful Internet to handle all that data.

I owned the go and it was great when you hacked it for loading emulators/roms/pirated games on, the only problem was they wanted around $250 for it when a normal PSP was around $130ish, give or take. The big issue with the digital store was that the PSP in general was stuck with Wireless B. Hardware wise it was essentially a slimmer 3000 and if the PSP was a cartridge based console it would have done well as well.