The Xbox One Is Dead, Long Live The Xbox One

The Xbox One Is Dead, Long Live The Xbox One
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The Xbox One is officially dead. RIP. It will not be missed.

It’s come to light that Microsoft ended production of the Xbox One S in the final months of 2020, just as its two next-gen consoles — the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S — were set to go on sale. “To focus on production of Xbox Series X/S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020,” Cindy Walker, senior director of Xbox console product marketing, told The Verge.

The death of the Xbox One S is the final nail in the coffin for the Xbox One line of consoles. In July 2020, Microsoft stopped production of the Xbox One X (first released in 2017) and axed the all-digital edition of the Xbox One S (which had been around for about a year before its demise). Both of those consoles served as a dual-model-line replacement for the launch-edition Xbox One, which Microsoft stopped producing in 2017.

You might feel an urge to say something respectful here, like “pour one out” or “RIP to a real one,” but…honestly? Do you? The Xbox One sucked! From its 2013 announcement as a machine on which you’d watch TV and sports and mayyybe sometimes play video games, the Xbox One struggled. Toward the end of its run, if you played a glossy AAA game, you could almost feel the thing wheezing under the pressure.

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One might think, now that the Xbox One is dead, that we might get more data on its life in the marketplace. This is unlikely. Total hardware figures aren’t publicly available for the entire Xbox One line — Microsoft famously prioritises monthly active users as its primary metric — but analysts estimate it sold around 51 million units as of 2020.

Putting it generously, the Xbox One was a trial run for the Xbox Series X — the console I primarily use to play games, mind you, in case you’re gearing up to accuse me of console war propaganda. The new generation console functions on the same core operating system as the Xbox One but runs, by my maths, about a thousand times more efficiently. (Though I haven’t had a chance to play one yet, I’ve heard terrific things about the smaller, lesser-powered Xbox Series S, too.)

So far, even though hard sales figures haven’t been made public, those of the Xbox Series X/S are outpacing the Xbox One’s. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said as much on an earnings call last July. Xbox head Phil Spencer, affirmed it again in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times earlier this week.

Though early, its a savvy move for Microsoft to have pronounced the Xbox One dead. Yes, it’s still tough as hell to get your hands on the top-shelf Xbox Series X ($US499 ($684)). But the Xbox Series S, which sells for the same price as the Xbox One S ($US299 ($410)), is more broadly available. During Black Friday week, the busiest shopping period of the year, the Xbox Series S outsold any other gaming console — including the then-brand-new Nintendo Switch OLED Model.

In other news, according to a Bloomberg report, Sony recently ramped up production of the PlayStation 4 to compensate for widespread PlayStation 5 shortages.


  • I feel this article is a little harsh to the poor ol Xbox One. Aside from a stupid launch (with unwanted Kinect) with bad messaging (always online, tv tv tv), the Xbox One didn’t do anything TOO bad. It was marginally underpowered compared to the PS4, but we’re also now talking about the Xbox One S which, in some ways, had more features than the PS4 (HDR, 4K streaming/upscaling).

    Also, you wanna talk about wheezing? Fire up a PS4 sometime and run Red Dead Redemption 2 or Horizon Zero Dawn on it.. The thing sounds like it’s going to melt into my cabinet. Meanwhile both of my last gen XB Ones (launch and S) are still whisper quiet whenever I am playing games on them.

    • Hit the nail on the head. The launch of the Xbox One was horrendous, But I ended up getting a one S when they launched and it was fantastic! Served me perfectly right up until the Series X came out.

  • Nobody is gearing up to accuse you of console war propaganda….
    That ship sailed and sunk during its maiden voyage.

    • Wouldn’t be much of a war anyway lol, took the Switch like 12 months to beat the lifetime sales of the Xbone, and it never got close to the PS4.

      It was the red-headed stepchild of console releases. (But still not as bad as the Wii-U)

  • Xbox has the dumbest naming convention of any console by far. I think I’ve got this in the right order?
    Xbox 360
    Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X
    Xbox Seris S, Xbox Series X
    I’m a pretty big gamer and I still had to look this up to make sure I got it right, and I still have to look up what the S and X mean. Admittedly I only owned (and still own) the Xbox and Xbox 360 but not the last two generations.

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