Microsoft and Sony are struggling to keep up with demand for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. While Sony plans to continue manufacturing the PlayStation 4 for now to make up for its lack of current generation consoles, the Xbox One does. is more .
We learned in July 2020 that Microsoft had ditched the Xbox One X and Xbox One S Digital Edition at this point. Now, it has emerged that the company quietly stopped making the Xbox One S at the end of this year as well. “To focus on the production of the Xbox Series X / S, we have stopped production of all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020,” Xbox senior director of console product marketing told The Verge. , Cindy Walker.
The strategy seems to have paid off. Xbox director Phil Spencer told The New York Times this week that Microsoft has sold more X and S Series at this point in their lifecycle than with any previous Xbox generation, although it hasn’t did not reveal actual sales figures. Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad said this would bring X / S Series shipments to over 12 million units.
While the most powerful X‑Series typically sell out within minutes of each drop in stock (it doesn’t help that scalpers are using robots to pick them up), the S‑Series isn’t hard to find at this point.
It’s available for purchase at the time of writing in the US, UK, and Canada from retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Walmart. Since the S series can handle just about anything the Xbox One can — except playing discs — it doesn’t make much sense for Microsoft to keep making this console.
It’s a slightly different story for Sony. Except for the disc player, there is no difference between the two PS5 models. Given the high demand (Sony had sold 13.4 million units as of October 2021) and the current supply chain crisis, it is more difficult for most people to score one of these consoles than it is. an S series right now.
As such, Sony told Bloomberg on Wednesday that it will continue to manufacture the PS4 (which uses less advanced components than the PS5) in 2022, although it apparently planned to discontinue the console last year. The company is said to be producing around one million PS4 units this year.
Sony previously suggested that it will support the PS4 until 2024. Several of its proprietary exclusives will be arriving on current and previous generation consoles this year, including Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, and God of War Ragnarök.