Microsoft confirms Xbox One production has ended in favour of Xbox Series X and S

The Xbox One console
Rival Sony continues to make its PS4 consoles for another year. Photo credit: Getty Images

Microsoft has announced it's already stopped manufacturing the Xbox One to concentrate on producing its new-generation consoles.

The Xbox One X and S were released in November 2020, seven years after the Xbox One was launched.

"To focus on production of Xbox Series X and S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020," Cindy Walker, senior director of Xbox Console Product Marketing, told The Verge.

Retailers have been left to sell out their existing stock with no opportunity to get more consoles in.

The news comes just a day after it was reported Sony has decided to continue manufacturing its previous generation PS4 consoles through to the end of 2022.

Console manufacturers have been hit badly by the chip shortage caused by supply chain issues and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In November Nintendo announced it was making 20 percent fewer Switch consoles than planned because of supply issues.

Both Microsoft and Sony have struggled to produce enough new generation consoles as demand has consistently outstripped supply.

That's been particularly acute in Aotearoa where the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles have largely been out of stock since their release. As a result there's been an active secondary market with both consoles selling for gouged prices on the likes of Trade Me and Facebook Marketplace.

It is easier to get the lower specification new generation Xbox - the Series S - but it comes with no disc drive, less power and can display games at a lower resolution.