What is the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition?
Released on 7th May 2019, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition represents Microsoft’s concerted effort to aid Xbox players looking to migrate their game library to be fully digital. It updates the existing Xbox One S model design by completely removing the optical disc drive, coming packaged with three games right from the off as download codes: Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3 and Minecraft. Combine this disc-less Xbox One with the miracle of Xbox Game Pass and players have all they need to continue their console career well into the future.
A disc-less Xbox One console with three games to get you started
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is a special case in that it’s one of the very few consoles where the only way to purchase it is with three games included. Sea of Thieves, Minecraft and Forza Horizon 3 are all first-party Xbox One exclusives that showcase the best of what Microsoft’s platform is capable of, available right out of the box as a download code for Xbox One S All-Digital Edition purchasers.
This is no doubt a gesture of good will on Microsoft’s part, assuring that anyone who picks up an Xbox One S All-Digital Edition console has a variety of games to try out regardless of if they’re a subscriber to Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Live. All three games are required to be downloaded and installed natively on the console – further reinforcing one of the most vital aspects of this hardware revision: an internet connection is vital.
Other Xbox One consoles you may wish to consider
If you’re not convinced the Xbox One S All-Digital edition is the one for you, perhaps because you’re keen to continue playing games with physical discs, then you have two other Microsoft consoles to consider.
The Xbox One S offers you the same technical specs as the All-Digital edition but you get the added bonus of a disc drive. It will set you back a little more money but there’s not much in it. And for the pro gamer, the Xbox One X console is the weapon of choice, with better hardware packed into the box, giving you a better gaming experience.