According to new reports, Microsoft is preparing to launch a disc-less version of its Xbox One console, and it may arrive as early as spring 2019.

The news comes via reliable tech website Thurrott, which cites sources familiar with Microsoft's plans. The disc-less Xbox One system will be part of the company's existing current-gen hardware line, and is not to be confused with its next-generation successor, codenamed Scarlett.

While Microsoft's next-gen Xbox is expected to launch in 2020, the disc-less Xbox Ones will reportedly launch next spring, with the intention being to offer a variant of the current console that can be sold at a price substantially lower than it is now. According to Thurrott, sources claim that the disc-less Xbox One could be as much as $100 USD (approximately £77) cheaper than the current model, pushing it sub $200 USD (around £156).

For those potential buyers with existing physical Xbox media, Microsoft is said to be considering a "disc-to-digital" programme, which will enable purchasers to trade their physical games in return for a digital download at participating retailers




What do you make this? I know a lot folks are against an all digital future on console like PC but it seems to be where we are heading.