Microsoft is reportedly building a new Xbox device that doesn’t have a disc drive and costs less than today’s Xbox One S.
Brad Sams at Thurrott.com reports that Microsoft could release the all-digital console as soon as next year. For the people who have compiled a collection of game discs over the years, Microsoft plans to offer a “disc to digital” program, where gamers can trade in their physical copies of games for digital downloads at participating retailers.
Sams reports that the motivation behind the device is to reduce the cost of entry into the Xbox ecosystem. The new device could cost as much as $100 less than the Xbox One S, which retails for $299.
A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment on the report.
This device would be separate from the reported Scarlett line of consoles that could come out as soon as 2020, according to Sams. One of those rumored devices, known as “Scarlett Cloud,” could run games both locally and in its Azure cloud — also known as slice or splice.
Microsoft’s possible push toward an all-digital Xbox comes as the company has invested heavily in game streaming services. Xbox Game Pass, introduced last year, includes a rotating list of titles that can be downloaded directly. Last month, Microsoft introduced a new program called Project xCloud that will provide access to a library of more than 3,000 games developed for Xbox to gamers across consoles, PCs, and mobile devices.