Microsoft today told The Verge it is stopping the production of Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition consoles. The standard Xbox One S will continue to be produced and sold globally.
“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,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally.”
As expected, local retailers will still have stock of these consoles even though Microsoft is discontinuing production. There however have been recent reports of scarcity of the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S consoles in recent weeks. This is most likely to the increased demand for gaming hardware as people continue to spend more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic rather Microsoft stopping its production.
Microsoft is yet to announce the actual launch date of its Xbox Series X console so discontinuing production of the Xbox One X now may seem early. This could also mean Microsoft is planning to reveal the launch date very soon.
Microsoft launched the Xbox One X in 2017 and later introduced the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition in April 2020. Discontinuing the Xbox One X now and leaving the less powerful Xbox One S now seems like a strange decision.
So far Microsoft has only revealed the standard Xbox Series X. There are rumours it is planning to announce a less power version next month which will most likely be an All-Digital Edition called Xbox Series S.