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Microsoft stealthily discontinued the Xbox One last year

by Ron Duwell | August 30, 2017August 30, 2017 11:00 am PST

With the Xbox One S and the upcoming Xbox One X in full production, Microsoft no longer has any need for the original launch version of its home console. The original Xbox One model is no more, having been discontinued to make way for its successors.

Microsoft confirmed the news with Glixel, saying that the Xbox One was actually discontinued last year when the Xbox One S launched.

As is typical for the console industry, we stopped manufacturing the original Xbox One when we introduced Xbox One S.

The Xbox One launched in Nov. 2013, and it remained on the market for three years before the slimmer, quieter Xbox One S model came around. The console struggled to find its way into homes following a botched marketing campaign, a high price tag thanks to a mandatory Kinect accessory, and fierce competition from the PlayStation 4 on the exclusivity front. The Xbox One S allowed Microsoft to help the console reach its potential and saved it from total annihilation.

While, in general, the Xbox One brand is strong with the newer models, the launch version is probably something that will happily fade into history. Them’s the breaks, I guess.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...