A disc-less console may be arriving sooner than anticipated with rumours circulating that Microsoft may open pre-orders for a disc-less Xbox One S next month.
Windows Central reports the upcoming console — codenamed “Maverick” — will be dubbed the classicly Microsoft sounding “Xbox One S All-Digital Edition”.
The new console is rumoured to be in stores from May, ahead of E3 in June, and pre-orders tipped to begin in mid-April.
The report did not go into details, omitting price and potential design changes, but it stands to reason that removing the disc function could slash the price considerably.
As the console is “disc-less” it is tipped to ship with pre-installed games, meaning that gamers could choose which games they want pre-installed before the console ships.
If the rumours are true it would confirm the suspicion that Microsoft is aiming to bring cloud-gaming to the fore of its gaming strategy, including pushing further access into its digital subscription Xbox Game Pass.