Cheaper, disc-free Xbox One option coming next year

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If you do already have a collection of physical games for your Xbox One, Microsoft will have a " disc-to-digital" program, according to Thurrott, in which owners will be able to trade in their discs for download codes.

Microsoft declined to comment on this rumor. Microsoft is reportedly undecided on whether Xbox Scarlett will feature a disc drive, though set to make a decision "shortly".

As for the disc-less version of the Xbox One that Microsoft could also be planning for next year, the report says that it could be as much as $100 cheaper than the current Xbox One S, which is usually priced at $299. (They also may have wanted to avoid upsetting game retailers like GameStop and Best Buy.) A Nielsen survey from earlier this year found that 66% of console players still prefer physical media. I'm not quite sure how removing a disc drive would cut costs that significantly, but Microsoft could be doing that to simply get people into the Xbox brand of consoles.

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According to their own E3 conference, Microsoft are working on multiple new consoles at the moment and while at least one of them is assumed to be a next gen successor to the Xbox One news has leaked out on what one of the others may be.

We've reached the midpoint of November, which means Xbox Live Gold subscribers can now download two new games for free.

On top of this, Thurrott says that "the company also has a revised Xbox One S SKU that is targeted for later in the year that focuses exclusively on cost reduction but does feature a disc-drive for those who still prefer the traditional way to buy your games".

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