Microsoft has stopped selling the original version of the Xbox One online, suggesting the manufacturer may be preparing to phase out production of the four-year-old version of the console. If you take a look at the Microsoft Store, you’ll be able to find refurbished Xbox One consoles, but no new models. In the U.K., the console is listed as “out of stock.” Microsoft discontinued production of the Xbox One just a few months prior, according to Kotaku U.K., so this move has been a long time coming.
The apparent decision to pull the original model comes almost a year after Microsoft introduced the Xbox One S, a slimmer version of the console with slightly more processing power and a built-in 4K Blu-Ray Player. The Xbox One S launched at the console’s baseline $300 price point, effectively replacing the original hardware as the “standard” model. It also comes ahead of the launch of the Xbox One X, Microsoft’s answer to the PlayStation 4 Pro, which adds “true 4K” visuals and improved framerates for a select number of compatible games. While it has some very impressive specs — Microsoft likes to refer to it as “the world’s most powerful console” — the Xbox One X is considerably smaller than the very large first-gen Xbox One hardware, which might explain why Microsoft may be looking to put its original design to bed.
If you are looking to get yourself an Xbox One S, there are some nice bundle deals available, including the Forza Horizon 3 bundle, Halo Wars 2 bundle, Gears of War 4 bundle, and Battlefield 1 Special Edition bundle. You can also pre-order the new Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition bundle for just $399, which includes a custom-skinned console and controller.
The Xbox One X is already off to a great start. Almost a week after after retailers started taking pre-orders, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, a limited pre-release version of the console, was already the most pre-ordered Xbox yet. The Xbox One X hits stores November 7. If you’re looking to order one in advance, check out our guide to snagging an Xbox One X pre-order.
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