Having an optical drive included as the default in 2020 shows just how deeply conservative the mainstream video game business is (as if a steady lineup of new, but not exactly different, Madden, Halo, Assassin’s Creed and other franchise games couldn’t tell you that already).
That may not be true of the physically imposing Xbox Series X or PS5 hardware — selling a big shiny thing in a big shiny box is still a key holiday season strategy — but the Xbox Series S is significantly smaller, barely larger in volume than a couple of game controllers.
The Xbox Series S shows the ever-shrinking future of game consoles: Smaller, disc-free and with big pipes.
All this is just a stepping stone to moving the entire video game model to a server-side business, again like Netflix, where games live on central servers and are beamed to you in the form of live gameplay.
Surprising virtually no one, Microsoft has announced that the upcoming Xbox Series S game console will cost $299.
Maybe the Xbox Series S is all you need https://t.co/doCDBclh9H— CNET News (@CNETNews) September 8, 2020