Microsoft is Killing off the Xbox One as Launch of the Xbox Series X Nears

You’ll still be able to buy an Xbox One for now, but your options will be extremely limited

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.

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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.

Jerry Martin
Jerry Martinhttps://www.addictedtoplay.net
Jerry Martin is an avid gamer and prefers to spend his time playing first-person shooters like Call of Duty and Halo. His all-time favorite game is Modern Warfare 2, but Assassin’s creed 3 comes in a close second, and he’s a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda series. He is a co-founder of Addictedtoplay.net and spends as much time coding as he does shooting people online. Jerry prefers playing on his PC, but also owns an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as he takes pride in being a non-discriminate gamer.

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