Microsoft stops making Xbox One consoles


FILE PHOTO: A person browses games at an XBox One Display in a GameStop in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 7, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it has stopped manufacturing all Xbox One consoles to focus on producing its next-generation consoles.

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

Microsoft originally discontinued its Xbox One X and digital Xbox One S ahead of the Xbox Series X launch in 2020.

The software giant had launched two models of its Xbox Series X in November 2020, seven years after the debut of the previous version, to capture a pandemic-driven boom in consumer spending on games.

However, several industries across the world are facing the brunt of an unprecedented shortage in semiconductor microchips, causing a delay in delivery for several products.

In November, the Nikkei business daily reported that Nintendo Co will make 20% fewer Switch games consoles than planned because of the supply crunch.

The matter was reported by the Verge earlier on Thursday.

(Reporting by Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M and Shailesh Kuber)

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