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Microsoft seeing Xbox shortages in U.S.

Microsoft is seeing shortages of its Xbox 360 video game console in the United States, as the company failed to anticipate strong post-holiday demand, Microsoft's games business global marketing vice president Jeff Bell said on Wednesday, February 13.

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ktchong3567d ago (Edited 3567d ago )

A month ago I was saying that Xbox 360 seemed to be selling out everywhere I went, and people (or just the Sony fanboys) denied it and suggested that I was lying.

doshey3567d ago

ya may be selling out but i really doubt that the 360 is in that high of a demand at this point

ktchong3567d ago (Edited 3567d ago )

Actually, Xbox 360 is still selling out most everywhere -- at least in the US it is. I've just visited the shopping mall and a couple of video game stores last night. The only model available was the cheap 'o Arcade. Premium and especially Elite was nowhere to be found last night.

ruibing3567d ago

Check nowinstock.com if you need to buy any 360 or accessories, as of right now everything is in stock. Using local stores as evidence is nothing more than a self-fulfilling prophecy.

http://www.nowinstock.net/x...

mintaro3567d ago (Edited 3567d ago )

how does The Round Peg have so many disagrees.
what is there to disagree with?

Cryos3566d ago (Edited 3566d ago )

People are probably disagreeing because a SHORTAGE is different then HIGH DEMAND and selling out. Saying that you can't find whatever console anywhere is an example of a shortage. MS admits as much.

The problem comes in when you (the consumer) views the shortage as high demand. And this is not necessarily the case.

For example:
If a store gets in a box of systems (lets say 10) this week. If they're next shipment is next week, and they sell all 10 consoles in 2-3 days, this equals shortage AND high demand.

But

Let's say a store gets a box of consoles in and they sell out in 5-7 days. Now let's imagine that they don't get a shipment for the next week. On day 12 you go in and, whoops, no systems. High Demand? No. Average demand, but a Shortage on the supply end.

tplarkin73566d ago

I went to 4 different stores 3 weeks ago (in the Chicago suburbs). There were no Premiums or Elites. I was forced to buy an Arcade model and a HDD.

There is definitely a shortage of 360s. By the way, I saw 2 large displays full of PS3s at BestBuy when I bought the Arcade Pack.

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Silellak3567d ago

It's not terribly surprising. There were a lot of 360's sold in the US over Christmas, and people tend to migrate towards the system their friends have. You can play with them online, borrow games, etc.

That, and price cuts, are the big reasons you see sales of a system skyrocket as it gets older. People forget that most of the 120 million PS2's weren't sold until the system reached the magical $199 price point.

You can see the opposite happening in Japan. Less people owning one = less incentive to get one yourself.

I'm not sure why people are surprised that the 360 is still selling well. Just because the PS3's 2008 line-up looks to be better than the 360's doesn't mean that all those awesome games that came out in 2007 went anywhere - they're still incentive to buy the system.

I know I personally have a backlog of impressive 2007 games to catch-up on at one point, assuming I ever finish the Witcher or find a way to stop being hopelessly addicted to CoD4...

ThaGeNeCySt3567d ago

"I'm not sure why people are surprised that the 360 is still selling well. Just because the PS3's 2008 line-up looks to be better than the 360's doesn't mean that all those awesome games that came out in 2007 went anywhere - they're still incentive to buy the system."

I love this right here, this is COMPLETELY TRUE... just because 08 rolls around doesn't mean 07 is obsolete... the same way Uncharted/Ratchet & Clank/Heavenly Sword are reasons to own a PS3 as well as the games 08 holds for the PS3.

etownone3567d ago

i dont understand why you get disagrees when all you point out is fact.

and as for ThaGeNeCySt..... none of those games are AAA, none of those are reviewed higher than 90% on metacritic.com, and none of those sold over a million yet.... so those games are NOT imcentives to buy a ps3,
unlike the AAA games that came out in 07 on the 360

-EvoAnubis-3566d ago

Hmm. None of those have sold a million?

http://n4g.com/ps3/NewsCom-...

Oops . . . you might be wrong about that. I guess maybe we should base statements on actual facts and not fanboy assumptions, yeah? Or, at the least, if you're going to do the latter, take it to the open zone.

kenjix3567d ago

All the holiday RROD machines need replacements, probably hard to keep up :P

Dashmoney1013567d ago (Edited 3567d ago )

all thats at my local walmart is a 1 or 2

ReBurn3567d ago

The only 360's I've seen lately are Arcade systems. Those things are everywhere.