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GribbleGrunger said:

To be honest, I thought it would be Sony to do this first:

The Scarlett devices are Microsoft’s next-gen consoles and are not expected until 2020 but in 2019, the company is planning to release a disc-less console. And if this is making you nervous because you have a large collection of physical discs for your current Xbox, Microsoft has you covered.

In addition to the new console, there will be a ‘disc-to-digital’ program that, as the name states, turns your physical games into digital downloads. The idea is that you can take your disc to a participating retailer (like the Microsoft store) and trade in your disc for a digital download.

The goal with the new console is to lower the price point for the hardware. Currently, it costs about $299 to buy into the Xbox One family of devices, Microsoft is looking to lower that price by possibly as much as $100; the new console price point is expected to be $200 or less.

I expected this move years ago already. What I don't understand though....1. wasn't their 4K Bluray player a selling point all the time? and 2. They might state the X1 sells at 299,- , but they've been selling it for 250 or less with 2 or more games included for ages, at least where I live. Imho this sounds like the logical step in the all digital GaaS, always online and no old game sales future MS is planning to lure us in, but also somehow reeks of added profits because they've likely been selling their consoles at a loss for some time. That said 100 for a disc drive seem unrealistic and excessive.

Last edited by Errorist76 - on 16 November 2018