So Long, Xbox One. It’s been a great ride.
Microsoft has stopped making all Xbox One consoles we learned today. Microsoft had discontinued the Xbox One X, digital Xbox One S, and the Xbox One X before the Xbox Series X launch. The company then quietly stopped making the Xbox One S in 2020. This left retailers free to sell their remaining stock.
“To focus on production of Xbox Series X / S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020,” says Cindy Walker, senior director of Xbox console product marketing, in a statement to The Verge.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, stated that his company’s new-generation consoles, Xbox Series X, and Series S are selling faster than any other generation of Xbox.
“We can actually build more of the Series S [chips] in the same [chip] die space as we can the Series X,” said Spencer. That’s a key reason for why we’re seeing steady Xbox Series S stock, alongside Microsoft’s decision to quietly discontinue the Xbox One S in favor of its next-gen consoles.
Microsoft’s confirmation comes as a Bloomberg report indicating that Sony planned to stop PS4 production by 2021. However, the Bloomberg report also stated that the company will continue to manufacture approximately a million PS4 consoles until 2022. Sony confirmed that PS4 production is continuing despite both Sony and Microsoft’s inability to meet the demand for their new Xbox Series X consoles.
Microsoft may have been able to reduce supply problems by focusing exclusively on Xbox Series console production, despite worldwide parts shortages.