We always knew that the 2TB model was considered the “Launch Edition” and that it would initially be available in limited quantities until production of the 500GB and 1TB SKUs was fully ramped up. However, what we didn’t know was that the 2TB SKU won’t be restocked once inventory is completely depleted.
Microsoft released the following statement to Neowin:
The 2TB Xbox One S was released as a special launch edition in limited quantities only. We’re thrilled at the amount of interest we’ve received and we are always looking for opportunities to offer choice and fantastic value to our fans. Please check with your local retailer to determine whether the 2TB Xbox One S is still available in your market.
Microsoft is recommending that those that can’t find a the “Robot White” 2TB Xbox One S in brick and mortar or online stores instead purchase the $449 Gears of War 4 2TB Limited Edition bundle. While that may be a sound option in theory, not everyone wants to purchase a garish red console with claw marks on it, complete with a matching red wireless controller. While this might be appropriate for diehard Gears of War fans, not everyone wants something like that sitting in their entrainment center (or to pay an extra $50 for the privilege).
So if you want that 2TB Xbox One S console, you’d better run out and grab one while you can or settle for the less capacious 500GB and 1TB models.
We still can’t wrap our brain around why Microsoft would choose to leave money on the table by abandoning this particular 2TB SKU, and it’s not exactly like 2TB 2.5-inch HDDs are a rare commodity these days. But perhaps this is just a “Disney” ploy by Microsoft, in which the console is locked away in the “vault” for a few months only to return at an opportune time.