I'm still trying to figure out why they took the one advantage Xbox had over PlayStation (4k Blu-ray drive) out. Looks like they literally just took it out and added some plastic to the front cover. You can get a One S with 4k drive 1tb hdd(with Anthem) for $249.00 from Microsoft via Amazon right now, so I don't get the $249.99 price tag that's supposed to save the consumer money.
The most likely reason to go digital is so they don't have to pay the Blu-ray association for every Blu-ray disc they make.
By making it digital they can finally bypass that.
What do they save by doing that? A few cents? Microsoft isn't pinching pennies that hard.
No reason to waste money on yet another redesign when the gen is almost over. I don't know what people were expecting.
It's probably because people think Microsoft is "killing off traditional generations" and that the One S will playa big part of their future strategy. I think that's all wrong.
Microsoft is most likely using the One SAD as a way to test the market for a potential discless version of their next generation console. If it were a more serious move then I would expect MS to more aggressively build new hardware. For instance, perhaps an additional die shrink, a smaller form factor etc that should have longer term price implications.
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