The behemoth is officially being put to bed.
A report from Kotaku has come out stating that Microsoft will be putting a stop to the sales of the original Xbox One model which came out back in 2013. Jokingly referred to as the ‘Xbox VCR/Xbox Betamax’ due to its large size and boxy design, the OG Xbox One was Microsoft’s front-runner until last year when the sleeker and slightly upgraded Xbox One S was released. As one model steps down, there’s a new one stepping in; Microsoft is preparing to release the Xbox One X, a pretty hefty upgrade to the both the OG and the S models. It will feature advanced hardware capable of rendering titles in 4K.
The Xbox One has had a pretty interesting life since it released back in 2013. The system was introduced to the world with a presentation that rubbed quite a bit of the gaming community the wrong way. Microsoft was seemingly trying to sell its consumers a machine that functioned as an entertainment hub instead of a gaming console that also had media features. The added Kinect, which was at first considered to be a ‘necessary’ part of the experience was also unwanted by most fans and was seen as a privacy concern due to its ‘always-on’ microphone and camera. What made matters even worse is that the Kinect drove up the price of the system, making it cost $500.
‘Out with the old, in with the new’.
Indeed, the Xbox One has come a long way since the early days of the OG model. While the platform as a whole still hasn’t recovered from those early battle scars, it’s poised to really a make a big impact when the new Xbox One X hits stores this November.