While Microsoft is continuing to pump out new Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X consoles to attempt to meet demand, there are still some people out there that own the original Xbox One that came out in 2013. But they’re holding onto a relic, as the company has apparently discontinued that model in favor of new ones.
The Verge recently reported that Microsoft has discontinued the whole line of Xbox One consoles, including the S and the X, as of the end of 2020. “To focus on the production of the Xbox Series S/X, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles,” noted Cindy Walker, senior director of Xbox console product marketing.
That’s not to say that an Xbox One can’t be found on the market, since there are literally hundreds of systems out there available used, either in game stores or at pawn shops or even some place like eBay. And considering that Xbox One is still a supported platform for most games – though some will obviously have to run on Microsoft’s cloud service, like Microsoft Flight Simulator – it might be a viable choice for those that have trouble hunting down an Xbox Series S or X.
But it looks like Microsoft is ready to move on from its 2013 model, which had a stalled launch thanks to a lackluster E3 presentation and too many features built around the Kinect, but still managed to sell millions of units over the past eight to nine years. And it’s odd how the Xbox One is coming to the end of the road, especially as Sony is ramping up production of its PlayStation 4 model to make up for missing PlayStation 5’s on store shelves.
Alas, Xbox One, we hardly knew ye. But, alas, onto Xbox Series we are!
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