「A German website is claiming that Microsoft is planning to release an all-digital Xbox One S, which will have no disc drive.
Microsoft is to release an all-digital version of the Xbox One S that cannot play physical games, according to a German technology website. According to the rumors, the disc-less Xbox will be priced at €230 and will be released on the 7th of May, with Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3 pre-installed.
The disc-less Xbox would of course be unable to play blu-rays in addition to its inability to play physical games. “Leaked” images appear to show that the console will have a 1TB hard drive and will be visually identical to the standard Xbox One S, with the obvious exception of lacking an optical disc drive.」
Great. The age of digital-only gaming is arriving. You can't truly own any game on this gaming 'console' since all your digital purchases will be tied to a Microsoft account that can terminate your account at any time no questions asked. You're just renting a license to be able to play the game. You can't buy or sell used games so you won't be able to recoup or save any money either. No resell value at all. Want to play a game but don't want to support the game company? Well you can't buy used so you have no choice but to pay the full price or avoid it altogether. What if you're required to be online at all times to check that you paid and can play the game? Well fuck people without internet then or fuck people that don't want to be spied on constantly. What in the case a decade or two later Microsoft decides to shut down the servers? Well fuck you if you wanted to play a game but can't anymore with this gaming 'console'. Can't trust digital copies to always be there. Apparently games are taking up a ridiculous amount of memory these days so that 1 TB HDD won't hold out for long either.