Ahead of the launch of the new Xbox Series X console this holiday season, Microsoft has confirmed a surprising change on the production side: the discontinuation of two existing Xbox One console versions.
Following a report from The Verge, Xbox representatives confirmed directly to Ars Technica that the company will no longer produce the 2017 Xbox One X or the 2019 Xbox S All-Digital Edition. The company described this shutdown as “the natural step to stop production” due to “disaster[ing] into the future with Xbox Series X,” only to confirm that a parent version of the console, 2016’s Xbox One S, will still be produced worldwide.
“Gamers can contact their local retailers for more details on Xbox One hardware availability,” an Xbox representative told Ars Technica. So if you’re interested in the Xbox One X, now might be the time to get one.
This news follows recent rumors that retailers had seen discontinuation notices for the Xbox One X, which were confirmed as early as this morning with notices to Australian retailers.
At least outperformed the Wii U
Depending on the console or era in question, when a console “generation” is put to rest is wildly variable. In recent memory, the woeful Wii U saw its production lines shut down before its successor appeared, while production of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 continued well into the lifespans of their successors. (PlayStation 2 may have lasted the longest, at 13 years.)
But the case of Xbox One is curious, thanks to Microsoft’s bullish “cross-generation” sales pitch. The idea is that as long as you own an Xbox One, you can expect to be playing Microsoft’s first-party fare for the foreseeable future, with more features and power available depending on how much you want to spend on the console itself. Xbox One X could have been positioned in the near future as a “mid-range” option for those looking to play upcoming first-party games, especially Halo Infinitewith benefits like 4K resolution, but less advanced features like SSD search speeds or higher frame rates.
Does today’s news mean that Microsoft is leaving new Xbox console buyers with no option between the dated Xbox One S and the monstrous, supposedly expensive Xbox Series X? The answer may lie in the rumors of an “Xbox Series S,” codenamed Lockhart. This rumored console release is reportedly positioned to offer next-generation benefits such as a new CPU and the “Velocity” architecture, while also lowering those benefits from 4K resolution to 1080p — which very well could be a more future-proof “mid-range”. grade” may be an option once Xbox Series X exists.
Slow down for a second
But before Microsoft goes so far as to confirm more than a year of Lockhart-related rumours, we’re still waiting for final details on the Xbox Series X console’s launch over the holiday season, specifically the date and price tag. Today we learned that next week’s Xbox game reveal event (Thurs, 23rd July) will be do not contain “business, devices or similar news”, so we probably won’t get any Series X or Lockhart answers by then.
There’s also the matter of that Xbox One S All-Digital Edition disappearing. This could indicate that Lockhart is arriving as a discless option to lower the price (similar to the discless model of the upcoming PS5), or it could simply indicate that customers and retailers aren’t embracing that discless Xbox One S in the first place. .