With Xbox One X on the horizon and Xbox One S recently celebrating its first birthday, Microsoft has pulled the plug on the Xbox One that started it all. Farewell, my over-sized friend.
This makes sense. The Xbox One S is perfect as the new “standard” Xbox experience given its vast superiority to the first model. From an emotional standpoint, that big box evoked a lot of bad memories from the console’s turbulent first year. Maybe that baggage was the reason it was so damn big. Regardless, I doubt many will mourn its demise. But if you’re still in the market for a hefty monolith that plays Xbox games, you can still purchase refurbished 500GB OG consoles from the Microsoft Store.
When you think about it, this kind of marks the end of Xbox One’s original era. The Kinect 2.0 that initially came with the console bit the dust. Former Xbox head Don Mattrick hit the bricks a long time ago. We can mark this occasion in many ways. I’ll settle for this now dated photo of a dopey looking Don Mattrick from the 2013 Xbox One reveal event. For some reason, it always makes me chuckle.