The digital-only Xbox One S we’ve been hearing so much about is about to land, and it will be much sooner than you may have expected.
The whole digital-versus-physical debate sure has been heated, hasn’t it? In the case of Nintendo Switch, indie games have been becoming a bigger and bigger deal, but some are steadfast in their no physical, no buy stance. With excellent titles like Cuphead and the upcoming Hollow Knight follow-up hitting the system (Hollow Knight: Silksong being console exclusive to the system, at least at the outset), some gamers’ willpower is being pushed to the breaking point.
Cuphead is a case in point there, incidentally: while the digital version will be available on Switch from April 18, a physical edition has been confirmed, but it’ll be some time coming (according to Nintendo Life, the team is waiting until the DLC is all available before the physical version will be complete).
The physical/digital dilemma involves all kinds of factors. Do you favor the quick convenience of a download or the sense of actually owning something physical that you can put on a shelf? Would you rather save the space in your living room or on your SD card? Then there’s the question of cost, naturally.
All of these questions come into play whenever you visit a digital storefront, and they’re the questions that are going to determine how you feel about the upcoming All-Digital Xbox One S. You’d better make up your mind quickly, because it looks as though it’s going to be officially revealed this week, and available in May.
We’ve known that a digitally-inclined Xbox model has been in the offing for some time now. Just short of a month ago, leaks suggested that All-Digital Xbox One S would be the official name for The System Formerly Known As Maverick and that it would debut at this month’s Inside Xbox and be available from May 7.
“… The console is already in the database at some retailers…The Xbox One S All-Digital looks almost identical to the Xbox One S, and comes with a 1TB hard drive. It also comes with three games pre-loaded, those being Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3, and Minecraft. Winfuture notes the console will retail for €229, which is around $260.”
As for VG247, they believe that the true U.S. price will be closer to $200 (with existing bundle prices in mind) and that tomorrow’s Inside Xbox stream will be the ideal place to unveil the console.
All we can do now is wait and see what tomorrow brings. You can tune into the stream on April 16 at 2 pm PT, 5 pm ET, 10 pm UK, and 11 pm CET.