Microsoft has officially ceased production of all Xbox One consoles to “focus on the production of Xbox Series X / S,” the company confirmed.
In a statement to The edgeSenior Director of Xbox Console Product Marketing Cindy Walker revealed that production of the Xbox One actually ended in 2020.
Previously, we knew Microsoft dropped the digital-only Xbox One X and Xbox One S just before launching the Xbox Series X in November 2020. Now it appears retailers have been left quietly to sell through all Xbox One S units. also remaining.
However, despite the Xbox One ending production, the tech giant has managed to constantly keep the new Xbox Series S in stock at select retailers in the US and UK.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer said The edge Shortly after the Xbox Series X / S launched in 2020, Microsoft had built more Xbox Series S chips with the belief that the more affordable S Series would win at retail.
“We can actually build more of the S series [chips] in the same [chip] die space as we can the X series, ”Spencer said.
Microsoft’s decision to discontinue its old line of consoles runs counter to Sony’s alleged strategy with the PS4. A recent Bloomberg report said Sony has increased production of the PS4 in an effort to offset demand for PS5 consoles and “keep gamers in the PlayStation ecosystem.”
According to Bloomberg, instead of ceasing production of PS4 units, Sony has instead ordered its assembly partners to produce additional PlayStation 4 consoles throughout late 2022, which superseded the company’s original plans. to “cease assembly at the end of 2021”.
As a result, around one million PS4 consoles will hit stores this year alone. This means that consumers will still have the option of enjoying old titles from Sony’s PlayStation title catalog without having to find a PlayStation 5 in stock. More than a year into the PS5’s lifecycle, buyers are still struggling to find the console as demand continues to outstrip supply.
Analysis: Should Sony have made an Xbox Series S-like console?
Even though the PS4 is a more budget-friendly alternative for gamers looking to delve into the PlayStation library, it’s still not a viable alternative to the PS5. It’s also not that easy to buy a PS4 right now.
Microsoft is at least giving gamers a way to experience the new titles gamers are clamoring for with its digital-only Xbox Series S, as the more affordable Xbox is still a capable next-gen console.
While there are a few sacrifices to be made by opting for the more affordable Series S, such as its lack of a disk drive and storage space, it’s still a great option for anyone looking to join the buffet. options and services that Microsoft offers such as Xbox Game Pass.
With supply issues likely to drag on throughout this year, securing an Xbox Series S could become a more attractive alternative for those who want a more next-gen experience and aren’t ready to wait.