Following its release in the United States and other parts of the world back in May, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will release in Australia and New Zealand on August 1. Ahead of that, Microsoft has started to take pre-orders as of today, 22 July, in ANZ regions.
The All-Digital Edition is aimed at people who are looking to move on from discs and save money. There is no disc drive with this model, and because of that, Microsoft is selling it for only $350 AUD. The console has a 1 TB hard drive.
The console comes with digital copies of Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3, and Sea of Thieves. It also includes a one-month Xbox Live Gold membership. You can pre-order it right now from a variety of outlets, including the Microsoft Store, JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman.
Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is part of the Xbox One family, alongside the standard, disc-supporting versions of the system like the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. Looking ahead, Microsoft’s next-generation console, Project Scarlett, does have a disc drive.
In America, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is currently marked down to $200 USD.
The all-digital Xbox One is generating some amount of controversy. One of the world’s biggest video game retailers, GameStop, does not sell the system, presumably due in part to its lack of disc drive. The retailer continues to speak with Microsoft about how the two companies may be able to work together to sell it, but as of yet, that hasn’t happened.