Production for the original model of the Xbox One has ended, according to the Microsoft Store.
The move could be seen as Microsoft’s attempt to phase out the vanilla model for this generation in order to build upon last year’s release of the Xbox One S, ad the upcoming Xbox One X. According to the Microsoft Store, the original model of the Xbox One is only listed in the refurbished condition, while the U.K. site simply has the console listed as “Out of Stock”.
Last year, Microsoft release the Xbox One S model, with some interior improvements along with a slightly smaller sized console. The 2016 holiday season also saw the focus on bundles shifting towards the S model at a much lower starting price point at $299, with pack-ins of big games from last year such as Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, and Battlefield 1. This year looks to be no different, with upcoming bundles for Minecraft and Middle Earth: Shadow of War.
This year should prove to be an important time once again for Microsoft as “the world’s most powerful console”, the Xbox One X, comes out on November 7th. Microsoft’s showings at E3 and Gamescom this year further proves their confidence in the new system, as it’s been the major talking point at both conferences.
Even with the recent delay of Xbox One exclusive Crackdown 3, Microsoft is coming into the holidays at full speed with a little less baggage to carry.