Microsoft has officially ended production of Xbox One X, ahead of expected Series S
All-Digital Edition production has also ended
Microsoft has confirmed it will halt production of its Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition consoles.
“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,” a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge. “Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally.”
While production is ending on the consoles, it’s likely that stock for some retailers will be available in the coming months. “Gamers can check with their local retailers for more details on Xbox One hardware availability,” Microsoft said.
Xbox One X, originally billed as “the world’s most powerful console”, was launched in November 2017, while the disc-less All Digital Edition was launched only last year.
It’s understood that the two machines will effectively be replaced in the Xbox portfolio by a second, less powerful Xbox Series X console, likely called Series S.
The console codenamed Lockhart is understood to have been with developers for several months. The yet-to-be-announced second next-gen console SKU is designed to appeal to cost-conscious players and will reportedly target 4 teraflops of computing power (compared to the 12 of Series X).
Lockhart has been reported in the press several times in the past year and recent press leaks indicate Microsoft is going ahead with its two-console plan.
Game developers are expected to support both Series X and Lockhart, VGC understands, in a setup similar to the existing Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles, and PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.
Microsoft is set to hold an Xbox games showcase on July 23. However, in a tweet on Thursday Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg said not to expect any hardware reveals.