Xbox one Had a rocky start but ended the previous console generation as an innovative and well-rounded machine. Despite still ending production of its Xbox One X before the Series X/S arrived, Microsoft apparently pulled back the manufacturing plug on all of its Xbox One consoles in 2020.
In many ways, the Xbox One is the tale of the quintessential video game comeback. Early in its life, the Xbox One seemed to have different priorities than players expected, being controversially marketed as an “all-in-one” experience for the living room and almost always having online caveats. In addition, the option to pack each console with a Kinect, the Xbox’s motion gameplay camera from that time, made the entry price much higher than the PS4, in turn setting Microsoft up for the game to catch up. However, by the end of its life, thanks to initiatives like Xbox Play Anywhere, a tremendous backwards compatibility library, and upgrades to the Xbox One X/S, the console was redeemed for many.
According to notable Microsoft reporter, Tom Warren of ledgeMicrosoft stopped manufacturing all Xbox One consoles at the end of 2020. Cindy Walker, Senior Director of Console Product Marketing at Xbox ledge, “To focus on production of the Xbox Series X/S, we have ceased production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020.” In 2020 Xbox announced that it was discontinuing the Xbox One X ahead of the release of the Xbox Series X/S, but it seems that the Xbox One S was also discontinued around the same time. Since then, retailers have been selling through the rest of their stock, meaning whatever units are still out there, all that’s left.
The announcement follows a new Bloomberg report that suggested Sony and PlayStation take the exact opposite approach to dealing with supply issues. Although Sony considered shutting down the PS4 at the end of 2021 as unrest from players wanting a PS5 continued to grow, Sony eventually decided to continue producing the PS4. According to a Bloomberg article, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has halted electronics manufacturing across the board, especially from microchips, and since the PS4 uses less advanced technology, it’s generally an easier console to build. Is.
Microsoft’s decision to quietly pull its Xbox One production appears to pay off very well for the company. While the Xbox Series X is hard to find, the Xbox Series S’s supply has largely kept up with demand, with the Xbox Series X/S jointly becoming the fastest-selling Xbox console in the company’s history. One has to wonder, had Sony even shot and stopped production of the PS4 in 2020, would the PS5 be better supplied today, such as Xbox one Made for Xbox Series X/S.
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