Best answer: The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition costs $249 in the U.S. according to Microsoft’s recommended retail price (RRP).

So, why is the Xbox One S All-Digital $250?

Microsoft has unveiled the disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, during its recent Inside Xbox show on April 16, 2019. Confirmed for an early May 2019 launch, the Xbox One S All-Digital is complete with copies of Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3 in the box. We also have confirmation of that all-important price point, which will hit around $249 RRP USD in the US, £199 in the UK, and €229.99 RRP EUR in Europe.

The new Xbox One S All-Digital is identical to the current Xbox One S, albeit with the disc drive removed. It cannot play your favorite 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, but 4K content delivered via Microsoft’s Movies & TV platform, as well as apps like Netflix, will be available. Games, however, will not run in 4K, remaining at a maximum of 1080p.

The current disc-based Xbox One S has an RRP of $299.99, but in reality retails for much lower. This makes the Xbox One S All-Digital an incredibly hard sell.

It’ll be interesting to see whether retailers stock the All-Digital at a lower price point than the current disc-based models down the line, considering the fact the expectation is very much that it should be cheaper, since you’re losing the disc drive for the privilege. Additionally, the games included in the Xbox One S All-Digital can also be obtained for much cheaper via Xbox Game Pass. The reality is, a disc drive simply isn’t that expensive to include during the manufacturing process, so savings of $100 or more were probably overly optimistic. However, the loss of functionality hardly makes it worth while, unless you’re interested in the three bundled games that come with the S All-Digital. Hopefully, the price will drop a little more sooner, rather than later.

The Xbox One S All-Digital will be available on May 7, 2019, with pre-orders now live at Microsoft.

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