First Look: Xbox Series X Goes Diskless in Stunning ‘Robot White’

Key Takeaways

  • The all-white, all-digital Xbox Series X, lacking a disc drive, is expected to launch in mid-2023 with features mirroring the Xbox Series S.
  • Projected to be $50 to $100 cheaper than the standard model, this Xbox Series X emphasizes digital media, leveraging trends seen with Xbox Game Pass's success.
  • Despite a digital focus, Xbox's Phil Spencer notes the ongoing demand for physical games, reflecting consumer preferences.

Leaked images show what the all-white, all-digital Xbox Series X will look like ahead of the console’s expected launch later this year.

Exputer has obtained rudimentary images of the unit to produce a general overview of what can be expected visually from the Series X unit, and a few key details have also been revealed.

The main takeaway is that the front of the box does not have a disc drive, and the peripheral and port setup remains virtually unchanged.

A previous report from the same source set out the expected price point for this edition. The diskless white Xbox Series X is rumored to be $50 to $100 less than the standard Xbox Series X’s current $499 retail price.

With Microsoft said to be working on a June or July launch, the ‘robot white’ colorway is adapted from the Xbox Series S. Still, unlike the smaller $299 console, the digital-first Series X will benefit from upgrades, including the heatsink used for cooling the device.

Is Microsoft set to switch to all-digital consoles?

Microsoft’s emergence of a digital-first console is an interesting development, but it appears to be a case of following current trends rather than a revolution.

Gamers are embracing digital media, as witnessed in the popularity of Xbox Game Pass, with the subscription model offering a lower-cost means for users to access a wide range of game experiences without needing to purchase individual titles.

Despite this, physical games are still very much alive and in demand, even if digital games are ascending.

Xbox brand CEO Phil Spencer says: “We ship games physically and digitally, and we’re really just following what the customers are doing. And I think our job in running Xbox is to deliver on the things that a majority of the customers want. And right now, a majority of our customers are buying games digitally.”