Unfortunately, Microsoft Officials Say $399 Xbox One Lite Not Coming Anytime Soon
Several sites reported on the rumor, including VG247, which felt confident enough in the words of "a well-respected source" as confirmation from Redmond. According to that source and other reports around the web, Microsoft had begun telling its trusted publishing partners that it's planning to release a new, less expensive model of the Xbox One.
This prompted speculation across the web that Microsoft might offer a Lite edition with no Blu-ray drive, or that it would ditch the Kinect for a discounted SKU. When asked about the rumors, Microsoft's chief of staff for devices and studios, Aaron Greenberg, took to Twitter to set the record straight.
"No, you cannot believe everything you read on the Internet..," Greenberg posted to Twitter in response to a user asking if the $399 Xbox One rumor was true.
We saw a similar situation play out in the Xbox 360 days -- leak after leak suggested Microsoft would finally upgrade the console's optical drive to a Blu-ray, but it never materialized on the Xbox 360. That's not to say the Xbox One will forever cost $499 -- a price drop at some point is inevitable -- just don't hold your breath hoping for a cheaper Lite edition coming out anytime soon.