According to their own E3 conference, Microsoft are working on multiple new consoles at the moment and while at least one of them is assumed to be a next gen successor to the Xbox One news has leaked out on what one of the others may be. Without a disc drive, it obviously can't play physical media, but those who already have a library of games will reportedly be able to trade them in with Microsoft in exchange for digital copies of those same titles.
Thurott's Brad Sams says that the console is basically an Xbox One S with the optical drive removed - a change created to bring the Xbox One hardware's price to the lowest point possible.
Whether it'll have a disc drive or not has apparently not yet been decided, but the biggest question is when it will be released.
Specifically, Thurrott claims that people familiar with Microsoft plans say that the company is planning to release an Xbox console without a disc drive.
The report states that the disc-less console will cost less than $200 on launch. Microsoft now offers two different models of the console; the more powerful Xbox One X for $US499, and the $US250 Xbox One S.
A new Xbox One option hitting stores next year is rumored to be disc-less, which will in turn make the base price less expensive. All this could launch as early as spring 2019, yet the firm isn't committing to a launch window internally.
Microsoft declined to comment on this rumor.
We've reached the midpoint of November, which means Xbox Live Gold subscribers can now download two new games for free.