As the launch of the Xbox Series X draws near, Microsoft has confirmed that most of the Xbox One family will soon be discontinued. It seems like an odd move considering most next-gen games will be backward compatible and is expected to serve as a gateway to Project xCloud, but the Xbox One S will remain while the standard Xbox One and One X bidding farewell. This was confirmed to The Verge by a Microsoft rep, who said the following:
“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. Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally.”
On top of this, a number of media outlets have reported that the SKU for the 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscription is also being discontinued, leaving the option to buy the 1- and 3-month subscription only. Again, another odd move – especially with alerting consumders – considering the 12-month subscription was the most economical way to pay for Xbox Live Gold. We’ve come to the conclusion that this is a move to push the slightly more expensive, $14.99 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that includes Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, as of September 2020, Project xCloud game streaming.
With all of this said, it’s also been rumored and all but confirmed that Microsoft is working on a cheaper, entry-level Xbox Series. As of now, it’s codenamed “Lockhart” and is likely to replace the Xbox One X with some next-gen hardware but generally lower-spec. On top of that, we’ve also learned that another next-gen console, currently believed to be known as the Xbox Series S, will serve as the all-digital version of the next-generation but will feature all the same hardware specifications of the Series X with the disc drive.