All Xbox One consoles were discontinued by the end of 2020

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Microsoft has confirmed that they have completely ceased production of all Xbox One models, doing so at the end of 2020. All through 2021 and now into 2022, Microsoft has only been producing Xbox Series X|S consoles instead.

While it was already known in the run up to the Xbox Series X|S launch in November 2020 that Microsoft was discontinuing the Xbox One S All-Digital and the Xbox One X models, the Xbox One S was still expected to be produced. However, even production of that baseline Xbox One S was ceased at the end of 2020.

In a statement to The Verge, Cindy Walker, senior director of Xbox console product marketing, said “To focus on production of Xbox Series X / S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020.”

By contrast, it’s been reported by Bloomberg that Sony has actually increased PlayStation 4 production by 1 million units in an effort to keep PlayStation products on shelves while they struggle to meet demand for the PS5. This also has the effect of ensuring that there’s still a low cost alternative for those who can’t afford to splash out on a new £450 machine. They had planned to end production in 2021, but have changed their mind to continue production through 2022.

Obviously Microsoft don’t have quite the same conundrum. The Xbox Series S is an effective low cost replacement for the Xbox One, either going toe-to-toe with the Xbox One X or providing a major performance boost over the Xbox One S while coming in at a £249 price point. Creating the Xbox Series S was a major bet by Microsoft and keeping the Xbox One S around (especially without making any significant change to the MSRP) would undercut what they’re trying to do with the lower powered, but still capable new generation machine and its clear ties to Xbox Game Pass.

Source: The Verge

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  1. Would it be fair to say then that instead of looking at PS5 vs Xbox Series X/S sales we should really be looking at PS5 + PS4 vs Xbox Series X/S sales?

    I mean if there are no Xbox One’s to sell surely an overall picture is a better gauge of how well Sony are doing against Microsoft. Of course, we will never really know since Microsoft haven’t released their sold figures for quite some time now.

    • In what way does that matter? IIRC PlayStation is an increasingly serious percentage of Sonys income, whereas Xbox is still a relatively small percentage of Microsofts. PS needs to outsell Xbox significantly for the company to keep going, Xbox division just needs to be profitable…

      • I don’t really care who has the most money, or where it’s coming from, though Sony are doing a lot better nowadays after scaling back some of their other divisions. The distinction I’m trying to make is how popular one service is over the other.

        The only downside to counting both PS4 and PS5 sales together would be that someone might go out and buy both, but technically it’s really only one sale as it’s only one person in the same service. Granted, these numbers would be marginal since who would really buy both when the PS5 can do almost everything a PS4 can do.

    • Everyone wants a clear winner and loser, but I don’t think it’s that simple anymore, not least because we’ll never get Microsoft’s sales figures. Versus the PS4, the Series S is a new console that will be relevant for the rest of the generation, where PS4 has maybe one, maybe two years of still getting major AAA releases.

      • Oh, it is that simple. Sony always sell more consoles than MS. And it looks like it’s happening again for the PS5 vs Series X|S

        I don’t think Sony will be quite as far ahead this time as they were with the PS5, but they’re also not going to be only just sneaking ahead at the end as they did with the PS3. But they’re still clearly going to sell more.

        As for the Series S still being relevant for the rest of the generation, that could eventually be a problem for MS. I’m sure it’s a great little console for cross-gen games. A decent enough upgrade for a bargain price, although nobody seems to be buying them. Give it 2 or 3 years and it’s going to start causing problems, if they’re still insisting all games have to run on both by then. What happens when some developer says they can only release a game on PS5 because while they could do it for Series X, they can’t squeeze it onto the Series S? Or the game looks and runs horribly on Series S?

        The PS4 could well have 10+ years of getting new games. The Series S? Maybe 3 or 4 years before MS have to change their policy and allow Series X only games. Or they’ll decide you can play the game on the Series X, but you can only stream it for the Series S.

        If there wasn’t a pandemic and a shortage of everything, I’d have given the Series S a couple of years before it’s quietly retired and the Series X drops in price. Or a digital only Series X appears at the same price as the PS5 digital version.

        It’ll get even more complicated if the rumoured PS+/Now merger actually happens. Could make the Series S as a Game Pass machine a bit less attractive if you can pay £100 more for a PS5 and get a whole bunch of games included for a cheaper yearly price. (You can anyway already – you just get more games with PS+/Now, but not brand new releases)

      • I don’t see why that matters? Once the PS4 is discontinued you stop counting those sales and then it’s PS5 Vs Xbox S and X sales.

        I don’t want to sound fangirlish, but I think the all know who has been ‘winner’ of console sales each generation. So much so that Microsoft stopped publishing their data, it’s quite telling.

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