Microsoft has announced that it is discontinuing production of the Xbox One X and Xbox One S Digital Edition.
“As we ramp into the future with Xbox Series X, we are taking the natural step of stopping production on Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally,” the company said in a statement.
Recently, reports of Xbox One X and Xbox One S shortages surfaced as there has been an increased demand in Microsoft and Sony’s current-gen consoles during the pandemic.
The One X and One S Digital will not instantly disappear from store shelves. Microsoft says gamers can check with retailers for availability of their current stock.
A leaked Microsoft document has revealed that the company’s second next-gen Xbox will be fully revealed in August.
Microsoft had originally planned to unveil the console, codenamed “Lockhart”, in June, but now the tech giant has moved these plans to August.
Project Lockhart, or Xbox Series S, is expected to be a cheaper and less powerful version of the Xbox Series X, unlike Sony’s PS5 Digital Edition, which will be a standard PS5 but without an optical drive.
Microsoft first introduced the Xbox One X back in November 2017. It was designed as “the world’s most powerful console” at the time and Microsoft focused on power and hardware for its 6 teraflop Xbox One X.
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition was only launched in April last year, as a disc-less version of the Xbox One S.