The Wall Street Journal: Microsoft’s new Xbox ditches discs, will offer only downloaded games

Microsoft Corp. is planning to sell an Xbox videogame machine that doesn’t use discs or cartridges, a first for a major console maker and a move that brings the industry a step closer to an all-digital, streaming future.

The new device, due May 7, will have the same hardware specs as the lower-tier Xbox One S model — Microsoft MSFT, -0.23% sells a higher-end Xbox One X — minus the slot for physical media. It will come with a terabyte of storage for downloading games and cost $249, about the price of a discounted Xbox One S model over the holiday season.

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