Originally released in 2013, the Xbox One, jokingly named the “Xbone” by some, was Microsoft’s follow-up console to the Xbox 360. Compared to the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One was a bit of a dark horse thanks to its higher price and somewhat lacking launch lineup, but eventually, it managed to establish itself properly, giving Microsoft some much needed insight into player habits that would lead to the creation of the Xbox Series X and, perhaps more interestingly, the Game Pass service.
Time marches on, though, and Microsoft can’t support its older generations forever. This is why Microsoft revealed today that they have officially discontinued production of all Xbox One consoles in order to focus exclusively on the manufacture of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles.
“To focus on production of Xbox Series X/S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020,” Cindy Walker, senior director of Xbox console product marketing, told The Verge in a statement.
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Production on both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S ceased by the end of 2020, with any console units still on store shelves being the last of their kind. By ending production of older generation consoles, Microsoft is hoping to refocus their efforts in producing the Series X and Series S consoles and meet consumer demand.
Interestingly, according to a Bloomberg report, Sony was mulling over taking a similar path, ending production of PlayStation 4s to focus on PlayStation 5’s, but then changed their mind. Sony is still manufacturing PS4 consoles and plans to continue doing so for at least the rest of 2022, though manufacturing both PS4s and PS5s may prove to put a strain on their already struggling supply line.