If you are looking to pick up a cheap new Xbox One console, your time is running out. Microsoft has confirmed it is no longer manufacturing the console, putting it firmly in the legacy category. At the same time, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles are flying from stores with sales upwards of 12 million to date.
Starting with the decision to discontinue the Xbox One. Well, this is actually not a new decision and Microsoft stopped manufacturing the console in 2020. That started with the Xbox One X and digital Xbox One S variant before the Xbox Series X launch. Since December 2020, the company has not been building any Xbox One S consoles.
Essentially, that means new Xbox One consoles you see at retailers are now remaining stock that will not be replaced.
“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.
While that means we are on the final lap of new Xbox One consoles, the second-market it about to get interesting. I expect eventually the console will reach bargain prices once demand dies down. I also think for the casual gamer the Xbox One X is not really that much of a leap. In other words, a Xbox One remains an excellent choice for gaming.
As for Sony, the company continues to sell loads of PS4 consoles. In fact, the console kept pace with the new PlayStation 5 during 2021. Sony had planned to halt production on the older console at the end of last year but says it will not manufacture one million PS4 units in 2022.
Xbox Series Sales
While we wave goodbye to the Xbox One, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S era is in full swing. Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad recently suggested Xbox Series X|S sales are besting both the sales of Xbox One and Xbox 360 following the first year of release. Considering the Xbox 360 was the better seller of those two with 12 million units, we can assume the Xbox Series consoles have sold more than that.
That’s good news for Microsoft as the generation seems to be performing against Sony better than the Xbox One. Even so, PS5 sales were put at 13.4 million units back in October, so following the holiday season it is likely the console remains a few million units ahead of the Xbox Series X and S.
As for why both the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles remain hard to get (in the case of the PS5 selling for far above the MSRP), Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer tells the New York Times this is because of demand and not supply:
“When you think about trying to go get an Xbox or a new PlayStation right now in the market, they’re really hard to find. And it’s not because supply is smaller than it’s ever been. Supply is actually as big as it’s ever been. It’s that demand is exceeding the supply for all of us,” Spencer said.
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