The rumours and leaks were right. Microsoft have officially revealed the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition (or Xbox One SAD Edition if you’re feeling mean), and it’s coming out on 7th May for $249.99/€249.99/£199.99.
The Xbox One SAD comes with digital copies (obviously) of Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves.
It really is exactly what we expected it to be, an Xbox One S with the 4K Blu-ray drive ripped out of it, and with that cost saving measure then passed on to the customers with a lowered RRP – the Xbox One S RRP is $299.99/€299.99/£249.99, meaning there’s a $50/€50/£50 saving here. It does lead to an odd looking device, and from initial teardowns, it’s got identical components and internal layout with a big empty space where the drive used to be.
Now, before you hop into the comments and start crowing about how you can already get an Xbox One S with bundled games for around about the same price, remember that those are store and retailer driven discounts. A few months from now we can expect to see similar discounts to the Xbox One SAD, because the bottom line price to retailers will also be lower.