Microsoft has confirmed that it stopped all production of the Xbox One line of consoles at the end of 2020. The Redmond giant said it wanted to focus on the newer Xbox Series X|S line of consoles.
Cindy Walker, senior director of Xbox console marketing, stated to The Verge, saying Microsoft would “focus on the production of Xbox Series X / S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020.”
The shortage of chips the world over have hurt sales for the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft. The Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 consoles have seen massive deficits, with the situation unlikely to improve until the end of 2022.
A recent report from Bloomberg stated that Sony had planned to stop the PlayStation 4 by the end of 2021 but was forced to continue and cushion the PlayStation 5 shortage to try and keep players in its ecosystem. Sony will now produce PlayStation 4 units throughout 2022.
Sony said that it would add roughly one million more PlayStation 4 to make up for the shortfall of PlayStation 5 units in the wild. The decision was taken because the older consoles use less advanced chips and are easier to make.
A Sony spokesperson told Bloomberg, “It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and, there is always crossover between generations.”