TECH: Microsoft stops manufacturing Xbox one consoles.

January 14, 2022, 3:52 pm

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.

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