With a new console generation rapidly approaching, Microsoft is swiftly shifting focus to manufacturing the upcoming Xbox Series X. Of course, the move to a new generation means moving on from the current one. Thus, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital models of the Xbox One will no longer be manufactured.
“As we ramp into the future with Xbox Series X, we’re taking the natural step of stopping production on Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition,” the representative confirmed to Gamesindustry.biz. “Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally. Gamers can check with their local retailers for more details on Xbox One hardware availability.”
The discontinuation of Xbox One models which only debuted within the last few years might seem rather abrupt. However, the entire selling point of the Xbox One X was being “the most powerful console”. With the next generation being set to eclipse it in power, such a claim comes across as rather quaint and outdated. The Xbox One S All-Digital’s status as a budget alternative to the Xbox One S will also become redundant when the Xbox One S itself becomes the budget alternative to the Xbox Series X.
Fortunately for those not yet ready to make the generational jump to the Xbox Series X, Microsoft confirms that the current generation will continue to be supported for some time to come. “We continue to build great games for Xbox One”, Microsoft states. “We continue to build out Game Pass, now with more than 10 million members across Xbox console and PC. We’re previewing Project xCloud in 15 countries so gamers can play games with their friends on any device.” Thousands of Xbox One games, as well as all Xbox One accessories, will also be supported on the Xbox Series X.
For the time being, the Xbox One S will be the only Xbox One model to continue to be manufactured. Microsoft currently only lists the Xbox Series X and an Xbox One S Roblox Bundle on its online store. Microsoft is clearly pivoting hard towards the Xbox Series X, at the expense of its current generation of consoles. Hopefully, the Xbox One S can serve as a budget Xbox alternative for some time to come.