Microsoft has stopped selling original Xbox One online and may stop selling the four-year-old gaming console altogether. If you visit the Microsoft Store currently, you'll be able to find refurbished Xbox One consoles, but not any new models. The console has also been listed as "out of stock" in the UK.
The tech giant's decision to pull the plug on the production comes around a year after the company unveiled the gaming console Xbox One S, a slimmer version of the original Xbox One. The new console also has some more processing power and a built-in 4K Blu-Ray Player. The Xbox One S was launched at the console's baseline price of $300, effectively replacing the original hardware and making it the "standard" model.
Microsoft is also planning to launchthe Xbox One X, which is supposedly Microsoft's answer to the PlayStation 4 Pro. This console reportedly adds "true 4K" visuals and improved frame rates for a number of games that are compatible. Microsoft refers to the Xbox One X as "the world's most powerful console." It is considerably smaller than the very large first-gen Xbox One hardware, which might be the reason behind the company's decision to discontinue.
Currently, there are some nice bundle deals available, if you are looking to purchase an Xbox One S, 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 $399, which contains a custom-skinned console and controller.
The Xbox One X has already got off to a great start. Microsoft announced the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition around a week after the retailers started taking pre-orders. The Project Scorpio version packs in a limited pre-release version of the console, which was already the most pre-ordered Xbox yet. The Xbox One X will hit the stores officially on November 7.