Rumor: Xbox Series X digital could be a thing and gamers are skeptical

August 7, 2023

In a recent development, Microsoft is reportedly working to bring Xbox Series X digital to life. Apparently, though, not everyone is happy about it.

According to Shpeshal Nick, co-founder of the Xbox Era news portal, the green console is looking to release an Xbox Series X version without the disc drive. Speaking during the XboxEra Podcast, the Xbox news leaker also suggested that more plans for “other hardware” are coming by 2025.

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“What I’ve heard is Microsoft is currently looking into a digital-only series X, so no disk drive. Something a lot of people have wanted for a while,” he says during the podcast, which you can see in the exact timestamp here. 

The main question now is, should Microsoft make the digital-only version of the Xbox Series S happen, wouldn’t it be commercial suicide for Xbox Series S? The Series S is already the less powerful out of the two next-generation Xbox consoles, and it cannot play 4K games. 

Then, for just a few dollars more, consumers will soon be able to purchase a console with Series X’s capability but cheaper, making the OG Series S more difficult to sell.

“I feel like they should have had a Series X Digital console when they initially released the Series consoles. A Next-Gen console that costs €100 less because it lacks a disk drive can be a very appealing offer to those gamers who only buy their games digitally but still want Series X levels of performance,” one user writes on the subreddit r/GamingLeaksAndRumours about the rumor. 

Though, despite reports that Xbox hardware sales dipped in the last quarter, boss Phil Spencer doesn’t seem to be so concerned about it, as Series S still sold well for them although it wasn’t enough to make a dent into PS5’s numbers.

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