Microsoft to release disc-less Xbox One S in May 2019, according to new rumour

A new Xbox One S is reportedly on the way (Picture: Microsoft)

Microsoft’s new digital-only Xbox One could arrive as soon as May 2019 according to new rumour, titled the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.

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The existence of a cheaper disc-less model was previously rumoured after Microsoft announced they were working on multiple consoles at last year’s E3, with the other expected to be their next-gen offering following the Xbox One X.

Technical specifications for the consoles, previously claimed to be codenamed Lockhart and Anaconda, then leaked late last month – seemingly confirming a cheaper, digital-only model was in the works.

According to Windows Central, this new console will now be titled the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, and will be available for pre-order from mid-April 2019.

They also claim the All-Digital Edition will be released in early May 2019, with a ‘near-global simultaneous launch’ for the console.

A special Fortnite Edition is also believed to be gearing up for release with a custom Fortnite design, and not just a bundle which includes the game.

Interestingly, this release date is before their E3 2019 conference where these announcements usually take place – leaving their presentation to perhaps focus solely on their next-gen offering.

A digital-only edition of the console also reinforces Microsoft’s push towards its Games Pass service, with a Nintendo partnership also rumoured to be announced at this year’s E3.

While it’s important to remember these are just rumours, the escalating evidence definitely suggests Microsoft is making strides for Xbox Games Pass to be as widely available as possible through Project xCloud – but will it be enough to turn the tide on Sony’s dominance?

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