Just days after launching pre-orders for their new Project Scorpio console, Microsoft is moving on from the Xbox One. Microsoft’s new Project Scorpio is branded as another Xbox One console, but Microsoft’s latest move might suggest otherwise. Here’s what you need to know.
Microsoft is no longer selling their original Xbox One in the U.S., or any other location around the world for that matter. The only retail versions that the company is currently selling is the Xbox One S, and the Xbox One X (a.k.a. Project Scorpio). The listing for the original Xbox One is no longer found online in the U.S., and around the globe it is listed as “sold out.” If you are looking for the original Xbox One, you will have to go with a refurbished model for $199, or try and snag one from a local retailer or off of ebay. Microsoft has yet to make an official statement on the change.
The first Xbox One launched about four years ago amid a storm of controversy. Microsoft’s console was $100 more expensive than the current PS4, and lagged behind the PS4’s specs. This lead the Xbox to fall behind quickly in console sales. Since then Microsoft and the Xbox team have refocused on performance and game exclusivity.
This lead to the reveal of the Xbox One S that was slimmed down, had slightly better performance, and cut the crap for those that didn’t need it. With their focus higher than ever on hardware and gaming capability, the team is ready to start sending out the Xbox One X later this year. Microsoft announced that the Xbox One X was the “fastest-selling Xbox pre-order ever.” No specific numbers were give, but Microsoft claims there were more pre-orders for the Xbox One X than any Xbox ever.
Time will tell what will happen to the Xbox lineup. With the original Xbox being almost four years old, it was time for it to be put to rest. However, the question now becomes how long will Microsoft support the console before it gets left behind for good. Project Scorpio is the path into the future, and will no doubt become the standard for Xbox gamers.
Do you currently own an original Xbox? Do you plan on buying an Xbox One X? Let myself and other readers know your thoughts below!