Those looking to buy a game console or a 4K-capable media center device for their living room might soon get a compelling option from Microsoft as the Redmond-based software giant is allegedly planning a variant of the Xbox One without disc drive.
This, according to the rumor, will be coming next year in 2019. The target will be to lower the Xbox One’s price, currently sitting at around $300, by as much as $100, bringing the cost down to around $200 (~Php 10,500). That’s quite the price reduction just by excluding the disc drive so there may be other compromises at play here.
For those who have a vast collection of games on physical media, they will still be able to trade in their disc for a digital download via a Microsoft-authorized retailer.
There’s no details regarding the rest of the specs of this upcoming device. Key points of interests will be the available storage sizes, bundled accessories, etc. But there’s little reason to believe that Microsoft will be compromising anything that will affect core gameplay (i.e. performance), given their latest efforts to bolster the Xbox brand and acquiring several game studios recently.