Microsoft has officially ceased production of all Xbox One consoles to “focus on production of Xbox Series X/S”, the company has confirmed.
In a statement to The Nerdshala, Cindy Walker, senior director of Xbox console product marketing, revealed that Xbox One production had actually ended in 2020.
Previously, we knew that Microsoft had discontinued the Xbox One X and the digital-only Xbox One S in November 2020, just before the launch of the Xbox Series X. Now it appears that retailers were left to quietly sell through any remaining Xbox One S units.
However, despite ending Xbox One production, the tech giant has consistently managed to keep the new Xbox Series S in stock at some US and UK retailers.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer told The Nerdshala shortly after the Xbox Series X/S launch in 2020 that Microsoft had made more Xbox Series S chips in the belief that the more affordable Series S would win out at retail.
“We could actually build more of the Series S” [chips] in the same [chip] We could die as Series X,” Spencer said.
Microsoft’s decision to discontinue its older console line is in stark contrast to Sony’s alleged strategy with the PS4. A recent Bloomberg report states that Sony has increased PS4 production to meet demand for the PS5 console and “keep gamers within the PlayStation ecosystem.”
According to Bloomberg, instead of ceasing production of PS4 units, Sony has instead ordered assembly partners to produce additional PlayStation 4 consoles at the end of 2022, which marked the company’s “stopping assembly at the end of 2021”. initial plans were discarded.
As a result, nearly a million PS4 consoles will hit store shelves this year alone. This means consumers will still have the chance to enjoy older titles from Sony’s catalog of PlayStation titles without having to find the PlayStation 5 in stock. More than a year into the PS5’s life cycle, with buyers still struggling to find the console, demand continues to outpace supply.
Analysis: Should Sony have made a console like the Xbox Series S?
Even though the PS4 is a more affordable option for players who want to dive into the PlayStation library, it still isn’t a viable alternative to the PS5. It’s not that easy to buy a PS4 right now.
Microsoft is at least giving players a way to experience the new titles that players are struggling with for its digital-only Xbox Series S, as the more affordable Xbox is still a capable next-gen console.
Although there are some sacrifices to be made when choosing the more affordable Series S, like a disc drive and lack of storage space, it’s still an excellent choice for anyone wanting to partake of the buffet of gaming options and services that Microsoft offers. provides. Xbox Game Pass.
With supply issues likely to drag on throughout the year, acquiring an Xbox Series S could become a more attractive option for those who want a more next-gen experience and aren’t willing to wait.
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