Yesterday, we learned that Sony is continuing PS4 production through 2022. At Xbox HQ, it’s a completely different story. Microsoft has already stopped producing all Xbox One consoles. This isn’t a new thing, either, as Microsoft has revealed that it stopped production on the final Xbox One model at the end of 2020.
That’s what the company stated in a statement to The verge ,. “To focus on production of Xbox Series X|S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020,” senior director of Xbox console product marketing Cindy Walker said in that statement.
Microsoft actually ended production of the Xbox One X and the all-digital Xbox One S in July 2020, a few months before the Xbox Series X|S launched in November of that year. By the time the end of 2020 rolled around, the only Xbox One console left to discontinue was the standard Xbox One S, and that’s precisely what Microsoft did.
Normally, there is a lot of overlap between generations of consoles. Platform holders will often continue to produce older consoles even as their newer consoles are adopted. Sony is doing the same with the PS4, telling Bloomberg yesterday, “there will always exist crossover between generations.”
This crossover was quite brief for Xbox. Why are there two different approaches to the next generation of the PlayStation and Microsoft? There are several reasons. For starters, the PlayStation 4 is one of the best-selling home consoles of all time, being one of the few to sell more than 100 million units worldwide.