Microsoft ended production of all Xbox One consoles in 2020. That’s according to Cindy Walker, senior director of Xbox product marketing, who made the statement to The Verge.
“To focus on production of Xbox Series X / S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020,” said Walker. This confirmation comes just a day after Sony announced they would resume manufacture of the PlayStation 4, which the company officially stated would help alleviate demand for the PlayStation 5.
While this has been met with some surprise by observers, the discontinuation of various Xbox Ones is not new news. Production of the Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition came to a halt back in July 2020, officially to prepare for the Xbox Series X and Series S, the latter of which was still codenamed “Lockhart.”
The Xbox One S silently followed suit at the end of 2020, leaving retailers to sell out the remaining stock. But despite how it looks, Microsoft is selling more and more Xbox consoles for this generation than any previous version of Xboxes. These shortages owe a lot to the increased demand from the current ongoing pandemic in which many are spending more of their recreational time at home.
Like Sony, Microsoft is also struggling to meet the demand for the Xbox Series X console. The Xbox Series S is coping well though with its lower price point, despite being an all-digital download device. But in a time where you going to the store to buy game discs comes with risk, it’s a trade off worth putting up with.
In an interview with the New York Times, Phil Spencer said, “When you think about trying to go get an Xbox or a new PlayStation right now in the market, they’re really hard to find. And it’s not because supply is smaller than it’s ever been. Supply is actually as big as it’s ever been. It’s that demand is exceeding the supply for all of us.
“At this point, we’ve sold more of this generation of Xboxes, which is Xbox Series X and S, than we had any previous version of Xboxes. So it’s our job to get the supply there to meet that demand.”