A Microsoft representative has informed The Verge that the company is shutting down its production of the Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. According to the representative, both of these devices will likely remain in stock at some retailers over the coming months, but no new ones will be manufactured. This move by Microsoft precedes the upcoming release of the Xbox Series X this holiday season. The Xbox Series X will replace the Xbox One X, the device that marked Microsoft’s transition to the current generation of consoles with its announcement a little over three years ago.
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, on the other hand, was launched somewhat late into the duration of the current console generation, having been made available in May of last year. While the standard “Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally,” there are growing rumors that Microsoft will be launching a new Xbox Series S alongside the Series X, as a cheaper, lower-performance model.
This rumored console is currently dubbed “Lockhart,” and was purportedly going to be announced in June at E3. However, that announcement didn’t end up taking place due to E3’s cancellation on account of COVID-19. Some were hoping that the device might be revealed at the Xbox Games Showcase happening this week as part of the Summer Game Fest initiative. Aaron Greenberg, General Manager of Microsoft Studios marketing group and Head of Global Product Marketing for Xbox first party games, recently put a damper on those hopes when he tweeted that the upcoming event would focus strictly on games and include “No business, devices or similar news.” A leaked Microsoft document makes it seem as though the new console will instead be announced at an event in August.
In other Xbox-related news, Microsoft is no longer selling its 12 month Xbox Live Gold plans, as confirmed by a representative speaking to TrueAchievements. The one and three month options are still available for purchase, but the twelve month option as been yanked from the Microsoft Store with no reason given. Meanwhile, Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, has announced that Xbox Ultimate subscribers will have access to Project xCloud for no additional cost upon the launch of the service in September. Project xCloud is Microsoft’s gaming streaming service and Google Stadia competitor.