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