Just earlier this week Sony confirmed that due to the continued demand for its PS4 console (largely due to the fact that they’ve not been able to get enough PS5’s on store shelves) they had extended the production of the system until at least the end of this year. – A move which, in fairness, made total sense given that the PS4 is still somewhat in demand and more so the fact that many retailers expressed surprising shortages of the last-gen console in the run-up to Christmas.
In something representative of the polar opposite, however, following a report via Videocardz, Microsoft has confirmed that it (somewhat quietly I might add) ended production of its Xbox One console in late 2020!
Microsoft Confirms The Xbox One is (In Production Terms) Completely Dead!
Now, just to clarify, this isn’t Microsoft merely saying that they ended production of their base Xbox One system. In the grand scheme of things, this wouldn’t be overly surprising or shocking. No, they have confirmed that production of all of their Xbox One consoles (including the S and X variants) has concluded which means that, in basic production terms, their last-gen system is now officially dead.
“To focus on production of Xbox Series X / S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020.”
What Do We Think?
Given that there have been no reports of any kind of Xbox One shortages, this seems to suggest two key points. Firstly, that Microsoft was probably wise to end the console’s production just over a year ago. Secondly though, given that you can still easily purchase one of their last-gen Xbox One systems, whereas the PS4 is notably harder (but certainly not impossible) to find, this clearly demonstrates that Sony’s PS4 has proven to be substantially more popular with gaming consumers as it entered its latter years.
With the production of all Xbox One systems having been concluded for over a year now, however, if you have been considering purchasing one of them, you might want to act fairly quickly as it’s entirely probable now that given that they’ve been out of manufacturing for over a year, supplies of new retail versions might finally start to dry up by the Summer!
Given the difference in policy between Microsoft and Sony here, however, if nothing else, this seems to cement the fact that the PS4 was the huge winner in the last-gen console war. Not that you probably needed me to tell you that!