Microsoft discontinues its successful console, rival of PS4

Microsoft’s director of marketing for consoles, Cindy Walker, ended the era of the best-selling consoles in history by announcing that they will stop making the Xbox One, as well as all its variants, to focus on the production of Xbox Series X.

This business decision has its correlate in mid-2020, when Microsoft cut the production of Xbox One X, its most powerful version in terms of processor and RAM, in addition to playing games in 4k; and Xbox One S All Digital (no disc reader) to focus resources on next-generation production.

Now, according to recent statements to the video game and technology site The Verge, Cindy Walker confirmed that the Xbox One S also discontinued.

These statements appear a day after the Bloomberg agency reported that Sony decided to keep the production of PlayStation 4 consoles during this year, due to the semiconductor shortage and the problems that resulted in the lack of stock worldwide of PlayStation 5.

Xbox Series X and its economic version Series S, on the other hand, are already the best-selling consoles in Microsoft’s history, despite the fact that, as usual, no concrete figures have been published. Although in the United Kingdom, according to December data, it exceeded one million consoles sold.

The history of Xbox One

The Xbox One X console was released in 2017. Microsoft touted it as “the most powerful” of the series. Photo: Bloomberg

Announced in May 2013, Microsoft’s third-generation console was the successor to the Xbox 360. It was first released in North America, parts of Europe, Australia, and South America in November 2013, while in several countries around the world. Europe Japan, China and Argentina arrived a year later.

At that time, the official arrival of Xbox One to the country had a great event that had Mario Pergolini as the main protagonist and the prices of the versions – one with the Kinect tracking camera – ranged between 11,000 and 9,000 pesos.

Since its launch, Microsoft was in charge of marketing the device as an “all-in-one entertainment system”, hence the name “Xbox One” which was competing at that time against PlayStation 4 (Sony) and Wii U (Nintendo) and later the portable Switch.

Moving away from the PowerPC-based architecture of its predecessor, the Xbox One marked a change to the x86 architecture used on the original Xbox; It featured an accelerated processing unit (APU) from the manufacturer AMD built around the x86-64 instruction set.

The redesigned Xbox One joystick (left) vs. the previous Xbox 360 version. Photo: REUTERS / Nick Adams.

The redesigned Xbox One joystick (left) vs. the previous Xbox 360 version. Photo: REUTERS / Nick Adams.

The joysticks of the Xbox One caused a revolution in the family and the video game industry by undergoing a total redesign to mainly mark differences with the Xbox 360 since it featured a redesigned body, D-pad and triggers capable of providing directional haptic feedback.

Over the years, Microsoft began to place a greater emphasis on cloud computing with the Xbox One as its hub, as well as on social media functions and communication. ability to record and share video clips or screenshots of the game or live stream. For this reason, in 2019, it launched an application for mobile phones that allowed you to play console games remotely.

Its quieter and improved design was praised for making the console more reliable than its predecessor at launch, generally criticized for running games at a graphically lower level than the PlayStation 4.

The version of Xbox One that was marketed in Argentina.

The version of Xbox One that was marketed in Argentina.

The original Xbox One model was replaced by the Xbox One S in 2016, which has a smaller form factor and supports high dynamic range HDR10 video, as well as supports 4K video playback and game upscaling from 1080p to 4K.

Then came a high-end model, called Xbox One X, was released in June 2017 and launched globally in November; It features improved hardware specifications and support for rendering games at 4K resolution. The system was replaced by the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, which were released on November 10, 2020.


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