Microsoft has officially announced the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.
The Xbox One S 1TB All-Digital Edition was created for those who prefer to find and play their games digitally and are looking for the most affordable way to play Xbox games.
The new system does not have a disc drive for hard copies of games. Instead, it will feature a 1TB hard drive for downloading digital copies of games.
The device comes bundled with three popular games – Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves.
If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass yet, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition comes with a special offer to get started with access to over 100 games. Cord cutters will enjoy watching 4K HDR entertainment with Netflix, Amazon and more, and thousands of Xbox One games are available from the Microsoft Store digitally.
Available for pre-order today at $249.99 USD, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is $50 USD less than Xbox One S.
You can pick up the disc-free Xbox One S All-Digital Edition at your local Microsoft Store or online, as well as select retailers worldwide including Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon.com beginning May 7.
Microsoft also unveiled the new Xbox Games Pass Ultimate, which combines Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Games Pass services for $14.99 a month. Ultimate is an optional upgrade for Gold and Games Pass members that will launch later this year.
In addition to this, Microsoft is also offering three months of Xbox Game Pass for 1$, provided you have not yet used the service and own a credit card.
Compared to Sony’s PlayStation Now, Xbox Game Pass service offers a plethora of backwards compatible games and also the option to download all of them, although a recent update on PS Now added the option to download new and old PlayStation titles on the PS4.
Furthermore, due to backwards compatibility, Xbox gets to offer 4 free games every month, two from Xbox One and 2 from Xbox 360. Sony, due to the architecture difference between PS4 and PS3 is stuck to offer only 2 PS4 titles every month.
Partnership with ELEAGUE for Gears of War series
Microsoft also said on Tuesday its Xbox Game Studios will partner with Turner Sports’ ELEAGUE to produce a documentary series about “Gears of War” players in conjunction with a new version of the video game launching later this year.
The series will feature six hour-long programs focusing on the new game, called Gears 5, and the lives of its star players from around the globe. It will debut June 14 on Turner’s TBS network.
ELEAGUE produces content about esports and live tournaments. It is a partnership between Turner Sports, a unit of AT&T Inc’s WarnerMedia, and entertainment talent agency IMG.
Esports fans watch live video game tournaments online as well as in packed stadiums.
In July, ELEAGUE will also host the first-ever Gears 5 esports tournament and reveal its first multiplayer mode in action, with coverage streamed on Twitch and Bleacher Report Live.