We can’t say we didn’t see this coming: Ever since Microsoft announced the Xbox Series X, the Xbox One lineup has been on borrowed time. The Xbox One X and Xbox One S Digital Edition were discontinued back in 2020. There were still Xbox One S units being made, but apparently, even that’s changed.
Actually, it changed some time ago. Microsoft also canned production of the standard Xbox One S at the end of 2020. They just hadn’t thought to mention it to anyone until early 2022.
Microsoft goes hard
Cindy Walker, Xbox’s senior director of console product marketing, speaking to The Verge, said, “To focus on production of Xbox Series X / S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020.” In other words, if you’re in the market for an out-of-the-box Xbox One, you’ve got until what’s in storage right now runs out.
If, on the other hand, you’re more of a PlayStation fan and still haven’t gotten hold of a PlayStation 4… first, shame on you. Second, you’re in a bit of luck. Sony’s still making its older console for a while yet — at least until the end of 2022, according to Bloomberg.
Part of the reason for this is that the PlayStation 5 is still proving difficult to purchase. Apparently, according to a Sony spokesman, the “crossover between generations” means extra PS4 consoles in stores may make up for this. We’re not so sure, but Sony seems fairly confident in their strategy.
Microsoft seems to have fewer supply issues than its Japanese counterpart. Buyers are far less likely to encounter sold-out signs when shopping for Xbox Series X and S hardware. That even applies here in South Africa.
Source: The Verge