Microsoft has released a disc-less version of the Xbox One S, officially known as the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. The absence of a disc drive means there are fewer moving parts that can break, but what about the rest of the package? We tore it down to find out.
Instead of screws holding the bottom cover in place, we were faced with some clips that we had to pry apart with our trusty metal spudger from the Pro Tech Toolkit. Once inside, everything uses a modular design, so it’s pretty easy to replace just about anything. However, you’ll have a hard time upgrading the hard drive, as you’ll need special Xbox firmware to make it work, which requires some hackery. It’s worth it, though—especially if you drop in an SSD—but if you’re not up to that task, let’s hope you don’t need more than a terabyte of storage.
Overall, this disc-free game console is slightly easier to take apart than the original Xbox One, and it scores the same 8-out-of-10 on our repairability scale as the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and the Xbox One X.
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