Microsoft puts an end to cheap Xbox One rumors

Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg has denied rumors of a disc-less Xbox One and the alleged price cut for the current version of the latest console from the company.

An alleged future roadmap of the Xbox One in the year 2014 was posted by an user over at NeoGAF forums which included a cheaper Xbox One lacking an optical drive as well as a white variant in addition to unconfirmed information about upcoming games

However, Aarong Greenberg, the Chief of Staff for Devices and Studios Group at Microsoft has put the cheap Xbox One rumor to rest for the time being by tweeting that, ".. you cannot believe everything you read on the internet.." when an Xbox fan asked him whether "$399 xbox one rumor true?"

Some of the rumors from NeoGAF regarding the Xbox One availability and games can still be true, but the cheaper Xbox One claim has been turned down by Greenberg and potential buyers waiting for the new model should not hold their breath for one.

Source: Twitter via The Escapist

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I want family sharing back. Believe it or not buying game disc felt old. I got $50 Best buy gift card, I bought MS point with that.

You can still go all digital right now. Just wait for sales if you the games for cheaper prices. When family sharing comes back, it will be for digital titles only as it is the only way for MS to verify the license ownership.

Why would they acknowledge a reason for people to hold off on buying an Xbox One? They'd cannibalize their own sales.

Personally, I'm not upgrading from the 360 until the One comes down in price, and there are more games that I want to play.

ZipZapRap said,
Personally, I'm not upgrading from the 360 until the One comes down in price, and there are more games that I want to play.

I did get one, and I do like it. But just with any other console, there's really no point until there are games out for it that you 'need'... LOL

The launch games for both consoles was underwhelming in my opinion...

the companies usually flat out deny many rumors, then still do it.

i am still deciding between ps4 and xbox, but at $399 xbox will be much closer or equal to ps4, while at $499 i am much much much likely do go for ps4.

still, the exclusive games released this year will be more important decision factor.

Exactly. He can't confirm if it's true because if something during the planning causes the project to get axed, then he can be legally viable for it. So it's better to deny until they are 100% sure it's happening.

Also - you shouldn't primarily be looking at price when it comes to game consoles. While the price can be a somewhat turn off, you get a lot more value with the Xbox One compared to PS3, and the Xbox One will last you ages as they built it to be future ready. That's why the PS4 is very similar to the PS3 whereas XB1 is very different and innovative than XB360. With lots of major upgraded features coming in the next few months/years as we've read on here. :-)

panacea said,
the companies usually flat out deny many rumors, then still do it.

i am still deciding between ps4 and xbox, but at $399 xbox will be much closer or equal to ps4, while at $499 i am much much much likely do go for ps4.

still, the exclusive games released this year will be more important decision factor.


Don't let a frigging 100 dollars influence your choice about a console that will offer tremendous value for the next 6-8 years.

Too soon for any type of disc-less model to come out IMO. What everyone should expect is a new SKU with a bigger hard drive to show up at some point. If they follow past history the new one will come in at the current price while the original 500gb model will fall, probably to $399. If they wanted to be aggressive they'd do this for holiday 2014 but it'll depend on demand overall.

Its also too soon to be unlocking 8% more reserved system power, but who am I to judge.

There's no reason they can't move from disc-distribution to a usb-stick/digital download distribution model. I only presume the bluray licensing Microsoft is paying Sony is killing them, plus 90% of console faults happen at the moving parts like lens and spindle motors. They could easily make USB sticks and ship them in the same cases they are using now while holding the same bottom line. This would essentially kill the 'install' requirement as the USB would be fast enough for effective HDD cacheing, which would negate needing a larger HDD that MS won't let you update yourself again.

srbeen said,
Its also too soon to be unlocking 8% more reserved system power, but who am I to judge.

There's no reason they can't move from disc-distribution to a usb-stick/digital download distribution model. I only presume the bluray licensing Microsoft is paying Sony is killing them, plus 90% of console faults happen at the moving parts like lens and spindle motors. They could easily make USB sticks and ship them in the same cases they are using now while holding the same bottom line. This would essentially kill the 'install' requirement as the USB would be fast enough for effective HDD cacheing, which would negate needing a larger HDD that MS won't let you update yourself again.


In order to be the center of the Living Room (which has always been Microsoft's end goal), the box needs to play the common movie format that consumers are going to have.

Removing the Bluray drive would be a huge step backwards for Microsoft...

Additionally, there is just no way the cost of delivering a game to market on a USB Drive is going to be anywhere near the cost of disc media. This would not be the same.

srbeen said,
Its also too soon to be unlocking 8% more reserved system power, but who am I to judge.

There's no reason they can't move from disc-distribution to a usb-stick/digital download distribution model. I only presume the bluray licensing Microsoft is paying Sony is killing them, plus 90% of console faults happen at the moving parts like lens and spindle motors. They could easily make USB sticks and ship them in the same cases they are using now while holding the same bottom line. This would essentially kill the 'install' requirement as the USB would be fast enough for effective HDD cacheing, which would negate needing a larger HDD that MS won't let you update yourself again.


Get your facts straight, they are paying maybe a dollar per console for bluray and Sony sees a few pennies from that. I wish people would stop spouting that BS.

siah1214 said,

Get your facts straight, they are paying maybe a dollar per console for bluray and Sony sees a few pennies from that. I wish people would stop spouting that BS.

^THIS and it's to the BDA, not just Sony, who's only a part of it. But too soon for a diskless model? I kind of disagree, but maybe that's because I live in a country with sufficient internet infrastructure and do almost everything digitally right now. Having this as an optional SKU would be great IMHO.