Microsoft is discontinuing the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S Digital Edition in anticipation of the Xbox Series X launching this vacation season, the firm stated Thursday.
That will depart the Microsoft Xbox One S as the solely console from the present technology in Microsoft’s lineup. (The distinction between the Xbox One S and the Xbox One S Digital Edition is that the One S features a bodily Blu-ray drive, whereas the Digital Edition doesn’t. The Digital Edition depends on downloaded content material as an alternative.)
Microsoft stated it’s making its resolution because it strikes towards launching the Xbox Series X console this fall. “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,” Microsoft stated in an emailed assertion. “Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally. Gamers can check with their local retailers for more details on Xbox One hardware availability.”
Console gross sales sometimes gradual in anticipation of a brand new console launch. AMD, which provides the built-in CPU/GPU for each the Xbox One, S, X, and Series X, has warned that gross sales would gradual earlier than the Series X launches this fall. Although Microsoft didn’t state this particularly, it’s doubtless that Microsoft has concluded that there is sufficient present provide of Xbox One X to hold the console over to the Series X launch.
What we don’t know, nonetheless, is how the consoles will break down when it comes to pricing tiers. The Xbox One S with a terabyte of storage retails for $299, whereas the Digital Edition value $249. Microsoft hasn’t stated what the Xbox Series X will value. A second Series X console, which might be known as the Xbox Series S (codenamed Lockhart) is anticipated to be bought alongside the Series X. Microsoft hasn’t confirmed that the Series S even exists, nonetheless, not to mention the title or the worth.