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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.


 

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Yeah no way does a disk drive cost a 100 bucks. It's obviously a way to entice people to purchase the digital only console. MS have been trying to push this for a while now

Personally I'm fine with console manufacturers doing this, but I still want physical media to be relevant.



bananaking21 said:
Yeah no way does a disk drive cost a 100 bucks. It's obviously a way to entice people to purchase the digital only console. MS have been trying to push this for a while now

Personally I'm fine with console manufacturers doing this, but I still want physical media to be relevant.

Don't worry, retailers will probably make them hell since obviously they won't rake in much profit  if they were to sell an only-digital platform at their store :P You'll have to go find to your local Microsoft store (Does that even exist ?).



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I misread that title so badly.... Good to know this console hasn't had it's package removed though!

Will be strange to see the general reaction to this, I would think mostly negative since if you're interested in saving a few bucks on the console you would be thinking about buying some older disc based titles on the cheap.



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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

I don't understand the correlation of coming out with this device and 'winning the Spring' since Sony won't be at E3. That seems like an extreme reach. Also you can get an Xbox one S if you wait for ~200 with a disk drive (Gamestop sells them refurbished for $199) so unless its significantly less than that, it seems like a nonstarter.



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Ugh, here we go



I said ages ago Sony should release a super slim with no disc drive but a 2TB HDD. I wonder how retailers will react to this.