As the next generation looms, the current generation is already starting to slow down. Microsoft confirmed today to The Verge that it will stop production of the Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition consoles.
While the Xbox One X and the digital version of the One S will halt production, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that the Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally. Though production is ending, that doesn't mean current stock will disappear overnight; if you're looking to pick up an Xbox One sometime soon, it's probably worth checking local retailers.
Though the Xbox One had a shaky early launch, the launch of the powerful Xbox One X and budgeted digital One S signaled a resurgence for Microsoft in the console race. It's a model that Xbox could even carry forward into the next generation, as a rumored digital-only version of the next-gen Xbox codenamed Lockhart could be waiting in the wings. This discless console could provide good opposition to Sony's two PlayStation 5 models if these reports hold true.
We won't know right away, since Xbox has confirmed that there won't be any hardware news at next week's showcase. For now, the focus seems to be on games like Halo Infinite. In some respects, the pull-back on Xbox One X production feels strange, given Microsoft's adamant stance on cross-gen gaming for the next few years.
But as industry analyst Mat Piscatella observed, it makes sense to let units that sold out in the wake of higher demand for hardware amid COVID-19's outbreak to stay sold out, as the companies ramp up towards the production of next-generation consoles. So while an Xbox One X is going to get all the more rare, it's just another sign of both the current times and the shift to a new line of hardware.