Microsoft has stopped production of the Xbox One and all of its revised versions, namely Xbox One X and Xbox One S, and intends to focus solely on producing next-gen consoles in the future. The news comes directly from Cindy Walker, Senior Director of Xbox Platform and Console Marketing, who revealed to The Verge’s microphones the choice of Microsoft to stop manufacturing new consoles in the last months of 2020.
According to what was revealed by Cindy Walker, Microsoft would have started the procedure by first ceasing the production of Xbox One and Xbox One X, probably in the first half of 2020, while the production of Xbox One S was last stopped at the end of the same year. The goal now is to ship all remaining units in warehouses and then focus exclusively on the continuous restock of the Xbox Series X and Series S, which are currently traveling at a completely different speed.
Microsoft’s strategy is opposite to that of Sony, which, according to Bloomberg, has recently decided to postpone the stop to the production of PS4 and continue manufacturing new units in 2022. It is also true that PlayStation 4 remains a console of extraordinary success, with almost 120 million units sold and many cross-gen video games coming out between 2022 and 2023, so it is normal for Sony to try to extend their life cycle if only to make up for the lack of PS5.
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S recorded the best first year in the history of Microsoft consoles, even surpassing Xbox 360 sales. Analysts estimate that the two next-gen consoles would have placed around 12 million units worldwide, an impressive figure compared to the approximately 50 million Xbox One shipped in seven / eight years, especially considering the scarce availability.