Microsoft has discontinued its Xbox One video game console — or rather, it is Gone Closed for over a year.
The Xbox One, Microsoft’s third model of Xbox and its foray into eighth-generation video game consoles, originally debuted in 2013. Microsoft representative told The Nerdshala that It stopped manufacturing new Xbox Ones at the end of 2020.
At the end of its run, there were three models of Xbox One on the market. The Xbox One S was effectively a “baseline” version of the hardware, replacing the version launched in 2016. In 2019, Microsoft released an all-digital version of the Xbox One S that did not include a disc drive for physical media.
A later revision of the hardware, the Xbox One X, came out in 2017. This was meant as a separate performance upgrade, with significant overall improvements supporting 4K resolution.
Microsoft discontinued the One X and All-Digital Editions in july 2020, with the stated intention to manufacture and sell new Xbox One S units, ahead of the November launch of the Xbox Series X|S.
The plan seems to have only lasted until the end of that year. Instead, Microsoft focused on its new Series X, and its smaller, cheaper alternative, the Series S.
In retrospect, this suggests a few things. Chip shortages during 2020 and 2021 mean that ninth-generation video game consoles like the Series X, in the midst of one of the biggest boom markets in game industry history, have been increasingly scarce. (The less-powered Xbox Series S, on the other hand, seems pretty easy to find.)
In return, many fans bought Xbox Ones as consolation prizes, and then They It has become difficult to find. As it turns out, supply limits had a lot more to do with analysts than ever, because Microsoft didn’t really Construction Xbox One in 2021.
In contrast, the news broke on Wednesday via bloomberg That, as a response to the shortage, Microsoft’s primary competitor Sony isn’t retiring its PlayStation 4 just yet. Despite the continued success of the PlayStation 5, Sony plans to make another million PS4s during 2022, most of them appear to be 2017 “Slim” version of the console.
Sony’s decision to keep its previous generation in circulation makes the early retirement of the Xbox One seem odd, but Microsoft has never made money off Xbox hardware and is increasingly being considered, if not a surplus for requirements. So it’s not necessarily the most important part of your Xbox project.
Nevertheless, Phil Spencer of Microsoft has pointed out that the Series X|S is best selling console Xbox History. It has made some surprising inroads in Japan, which has traditionally been the hardest-hit market for the Xbox; Series X|S reportedly More units already sold in Japan Than Xbox One ever did.
It looks like the Xbox One has an overall legacy at the time of writing. In many ways, this much polished Series X | The S had an oddly rough draft, and seems set to be a footnote compared to the systems that came before and after it. While Microsoft hasn’t released official hardware sales numbers since 2015, independent analysts’ estimates The Xbox One sold 51 million units during its operational lifetime.