Xbox One S All Digital Edition not available in Australia at launch

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Aussies will have to wait to get the disc-less Xbox One.

Microsoft’s worst-kept secret, the Xbox One S All Digital Edition, has finally been confirmed. At the same time, Microsoft has advised that Australia won’t have access to console at its launch.

As leaked earlier this week, the Xbox One S All Digital Edition is a disc-less version of the console and will be available in select regions from 7 May. Priced at $249 USD, the 1TB HDD console comes bundled with Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3 and Minecraft.

Australia is not one of the regions that will receive the console at launch, however, with Microsoft Australia advising that the console will be “arriving in Australia later this year.” Microsoft Australia added that it hopes “to share more details on local availability and pricing in the coming weeks.” We’ll keep you posted, though the move isn’t that surprising — most of our country isn’t really equipped to handle 60-100GB individual game downloads, is it?

“The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is about providing choice. As with anything we work on, our customers are at the center of our product development process and general consumer behavior suggests there’s a strong appetite for digital experiences today,” Jeff Gattis, General Manager of Platform and Devices Marketing at Microsoft, said.

“We think of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition as an option that caters to audiences who prefer to find and play their games digitally. We’re not looking to push customers toward digital; it’s about meeting the needs of customers that are digital natives that prefer digital-based media and providing value with the most affordable Xbox One console.”

You can get a better look at the new console below, alongside its brothers and sisters, the original Xbox One S and Xbox One X.