Microsoft has revealed that it’s discontinuing the Xbox One X and Xbox One S digital edition, halting the production of both consoles. This decision has been made ahead of the Xbox Series X launch, with Microsoft planning to have the Xbox family of consoles made up of only the Series X and the Xbox One S physical edition.
Microsoft has already revealed its plans for Xbox One games to be playable on the upcoming Xbox Series X, though the 4K-ready Xbox One X will no longer be part of the console family. It’s unclear if the rumors are correct and Microsoft is planning to launch a more budget-friendly Xbox Series S console, but at the time of this writing the Xbox brand will continue on with just the two 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.”
This will conclude a relatively short life cycle for the Xbox One X. Released in 2017, it brought 4K gaming to consoles for the first time, with Sony launching its PS4 Pro in response. With the Xbox Series X being more powerful than the One X, it could be that Microsoft is looking to avoid potential confusion between the two systems, and convince people to purchase the Series X if they want to experience 4K gaming.
The Xbox One S digital edition provided consumers with a digital-only option, something which Microsoft is reportedly looking to do again with its as-yet-unannounced Xbox Series S. However, the company has not confirmed whether or not it’s looking to release a budget-friendly version of the next-gen console.
We’ll hear more about the Xbox Series X during next week’s Xbox Games Showcase, which is set to focus on the Xbox Series X’s upcoming library of games.