After days of uncertainty Microsoft has officially confirmed that the Xbox One S is their only current gen console still being manufactured.
Although at first they tried to deny it, with one Microsoft exec blaming early reports on Amazon’s poor stock-keeping, the company has now confirmed that it has ceased production on all but the standard version of the Xbox One S.
That means that once current stock runs out of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition (the one without a disc drive) and the Xbox One X then that’ll be it forever.
‘As we ramp into the future with Xbox Series X we’re taking the natural step of stopping production on Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally’, said Microsoft in a short statement.
While it certainly is natural to stop manufacturing a console once it’s next generation replacement is released this is unusually early for that to happen, perhaps as a result of the Xbox One’s relative failure against the PlayStation 4 and the fact that multiple models of the Xbox Series X are expected.
However, the sudden cancellation of the Xbox One line of consoles makes it all the stranger that Microsoft is putting so much emphasis on continuing to release games for the format, with Xbox boss Phil Spencer yesterday reiterating that there will be no exclusive first party Xbox Series X games for at least the next two years – with all internally produced games working on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
At the moment, the much rumoured Lockhart/Xbox Series S is still just a rumour and Microsoft has made it clear that their Xbox Games Showcase on Thursday, 23 July will be just that, and will feature no ‘business, devices or similar news’.
Microsoft are clearly ramping up their plans for the next gen, although since there’s still no clue as to when they’ll announce the all-important information of when the Xbox Series X will be released and how much it’ll cost we still know little more now than we did last December, when it was first announced.
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