With a new console generation on the near horizon, Microsoft has made the decision to cease production of two of its three current-gen options, with those being the flagship Xbox One X and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. This leaves the Xbox One S as the only version of the device to remain in production, making it the only option for those who plan to buy an Xbox One in the coming months or year(s).
“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,” stated a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally.”
The Xbox One X — which was advertised as being the most powerful console on the market, and the best option for the hardcore crowd — was originally introduced in November of 2017. Meanwhile, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition didn’t become available until April of 2019, meaning that it didn’t have much of a shelf life.
Of course, all of this adds fuel to the idea that the Xbox Lockhart will be marketed as an alternative to the now out-of-production Xbox One X. While we still don’t know much about this heavily rumoured and talked about model, it may be revealed during the upcoming Xbox Summer Showcase. By all accounts, Lockhart is expected to be a cheaper and less powerful version of the next-gen Xbox Series X.
Stay tuned for more information, and make sure to tune into the Xbox Games Showcase on July 23rd at 12pm EST.