Release Date Leaked For Microsoft’s Discless Xbox One S

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Codenamed Maverick, Microsoft’s digital-only Xbox One S has been rumoured for a while now, but thanks to today’s fresh leak from WindowsCentral, we now know the release date.

Documents sent to the outlet indicate that the new console could launch globally on May 7, 2019.

According to WindowsCentral, it will be a simultaneous release in all markets, and the console will ship without a disc drive.

Product shots suggest that the console will have 1TB of storage space and will naturally be bundled with three of Microsoft’s blockbuster games in an effort to go fully digital.

The three games that WindowsCentral is reporting are Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves and Minecraft. 

Seems a bit of an error not to bundle in the wildly popular system-seller Forza Horizon 4, but 3 is still a very solid game for the package.

A faithful recreation of the box art is also available on WindowsCentral’s page, which gives a better idea of what this digital console will look like. It seems to adopt the basic structure of an Xbox One S, just without a drive or eject button.

This is another part of Microsoft’s branching service strategy. This clearly has Game Pass owners in mind and is the perfect fit for someone who wants to use the console as a subscription box, downloading and playing games as and when they drop onto the service.

Obviously, it still hasn’t been formally announced by Microsoft, but it looks pretty clear that this digital box is coming, and if WindowsCentral is to be believed, it should be fairly soon!