Microsoft has ceased the production of new games for the Xbox One

Microsoft has revealed that it would no longer produce games on the Xbox One, roughly three years into the Xbox Series X/S lifetime. While previous-generation titles such as Minecraft and Halo Infinite will continue to get support, Xbox Game Studios will concentrate completely on developing new projects for the Xbox Series X/S consoles and PC.

The decision to abandon the Xbox One was motivated by the desire to avoid hardware constraints that may stymie the production of increasingly complex and intricate games. Nonetheless, Xbox One customers will still be able to play Xbox Series X/S titles like Starfield and Forza Motorsport via Xbox Cloud Gaming, assuring the platform’s continuous support.

This news comes on the heels of Xbox’s excellent presentation, when they introduced new titles including South of Midnight from Compulsion and Clockwork Revolution from InXile, as well as new looks at highly anticipated games like Fable, Avowed, and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.

Microsoft’s development teams will be able to fully explore the potential of the current generation by abandoning the Xbox One. Yet, several third-party developers are concerned that the Xbox Series S, which is less powerful than the Series X, may stymie their ideas.

Recognizing these concerns, Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, noted that optimising games for the Series S takes more time. But, he underlined that Microsoft’s teams have acquired expertise and can now better optimise their projects on the Series S, particularly those working on their second titles for this generation.