Microsoft may release a disc-free Xbox One in 2019

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Microsoft is no doubt pouring much of its energy into the next-gen Xbox, but it might give the current generation one last hurrah. Thurrott sourcesunderstand that it’s planning new Xbox One configurations in 2019, including one without a disc drive.

This would lower the cost for people who aren’t attached to physical game copies or Blu-ray movies, potentially by as much as $100. And no, you wouldn’t be hosed if you already have a disc-based game library. Reportedly, there would be a “disc-to-digital” exchange program where you could visit a store and turn in your tangible games in return for download codes.

The second system, meanwhile, would be a “revised” Xbox One S that would lower costs but still include a disc reader. It’s fully aware that some people still prefer physical games and wants to cater to them, according to the insiders.

Microsoft declined to comment to Engadget on the rumor.

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