Microsoft has stopped manufacturing Xbox One consoles as the company shifts its focus fully onto the Xbox Series X/S. While this doesn’t come as a surprise, the company actually started phasing out these old-gen consoles back in 2020 already. Microsoft put brakes on the Xbox One X back in 2019 before the release of the Xbox Series X/S. They then stopped the Xbox One S in 2020 without telling anyone.
Retailers around the world haven’t received a new Xbox One console in a few months now forcing them to sell out of their current stock. Many retailers in SA don’t even have any consoles available for purchase.
According to The Verge, Microsoft says its focus is now the Xbox Series X/S and to make that possible, they stopped production of all Xbox One consoles back in 2020. However, that doesn’t mean Microsoft is able to make new Xbox Series X consoles.
The company is still facing major stock constraints due to the semiconductor shortage. Xbox Series X consoles are extremely hard to find. Whereas the Xbox Series S is the complete opposite. Most retailers have these consoles available at all times. Microsft’s Phil Spencer says that the Xbox Series S console is easier to produce even with the shortage.
“We can actually build more of the Series S [chips] in the same [chip] die space as we can the Series X.”
While Microsoft has stopped the production of the Xbox One console, Sony on the other hand has restarted manufacturing PS4 consoles to help with the PS5 shortage. We recently covered that Sony would make around one million new PS4 consoles in 2022 to help ease stock constraints on the PlayStation 5.
Source: The Verge