Wait, I Thought Xbox One Wasn't Going to Sell at $499?

Gamestop has sold out, Best Buy has sold out, and the latest retailer to sell out of Xbox One pre-orders is Amazon. But, Den of Geek's Robert Bernstein thought everyone was dead set against buying Xbox One at $499. So, he asks the question, what happened to change everyone's minds?

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Wizziokid1619d ago (Edited 1619d ago )

We have no idea how much stock either MS or Sony put out there so them selling out means nothing really.

Abash1619d ago

Yup, and I think these pre-orders selling out for both consoles are thanks to scalpers really. I mean it's obvious the PS4 is significantly more favored than the Xbox One, but I still think both will have good launches and the sales in the months after the holidays will be the reality of how much consumers want either console

Cmk01211619d ago

exactly, and if MS sells less units the console also cost more so opportunity for more profit since higher price. Both of them will have great launches with Sony having the better of the two early on for sure.

georgeenoob1619d ago (Edited 1619d ago )


Only thing more favorable over X1 is price. X1 has the more favorable line-up (Halo alone is what makes it more favorable to consumers), and on top of that it comes with a very advanced camera. Sure N4G hates kinect, but the average consumer will almost always look at it as a big plus.

monkey6021619d ago

Do you work in retail and deal with the gaming public? I can swear the biggest factor in a sale is the price. Halo will not sell the xbox one ay this time. Its usually spouted that the hardcore adopt on day one and the casual follow after but that is not so this time around. 400€ is a killer price for a launch console and the average consumer want fifa and battlefield here in ireland. Its a landslide for the ps4 here so far with store targets for the ps4 being an amazing 3 times the xbox one's. The one will find its feet in due time but this holiday season its in for a grueling

gaffyh1619d ago

Who said it wouldn't sell out? The PS3 sold out at launch and it was $599, new consoles ALWAYS sell out. What matter is what happens after, because the mass market (not necessarily casual gamers), tend to go for the cheaper console.

mcstorm1619d ago

@monkey602 I have to disagree with you in a way because the bulk of fifa and bf and cod fans will not get a Xbox one or ps4. They will buy the ps3 or 360 version. None of them games will be a system seller including the other games like watch dog ect.

I've said since we knew the one and ps4 were announced that there won't be a big jump of early adopters like in the past gens because of the support the current gen is getting come the latter end of this year. All the big name games gta 5, gt6, cod, bf4, ac black flag and more are on the current gen consoles and alto won't want to spend £350 to £420 on a console and then another £54 for bf4 when they can get the same game on there current console for £40.

Its the very hard core and exclusive games like forza 5 that will sell the next gen. I see sales of the one and ps4 getting bigger come the 1st 12 to 18 months of being on sale but would not surprise me if the 360 and ps3 numbers carry on doing well come the next 12 months.

MysticStrummer1619d ago

@George - Less than 1/3 of 360 buyers bought a Kinect, and the lineup strength is entirely subjective.

christian hour1619d ago (Edited 1619d ago )

Obviously both consoles were going to do great during launch, that was never an issue for me, but longterm I think xbox one could be in high water unless they start working now to fix the mistakes they've made these recent months.

From my own personal experience from people within my social circle (old school chums, close friends, work mates etc on Facebook or down the pub) anyone I know that seems to be ordering an xbox one has proven to be either misinformed or just unaware of gaming news in general.

They all happen to be the kind of people that don't generally game that much apart from the yearly fifas and cods etc, so in short, casual gamers.

Anyone I know who is a "hardcore" gamer, and pretty much all of em were 360 last gen so i never had anyone to play ps3 with, have completely boycotted microsoft in favour of the ps3.

So it seems to me, at least in my area, the people pre-ordering xbox one are:

casual fifa/cod folk that dont think too much about their gaming,

gamers that don't mind some of microsofts consumer fuckery for whatever reasons,

and fanboys in serious denial that their flagship console kinda pulled a lot of shitty fast ones hoping nobody would notice and got busted :P

Everyone else is getting ps4. I don't know anyone in Ireland who's getting a wii-u other than for the inevitable Zelda release. But thats not to say there arent people in Ireland getting the wii-u :P That would be silly.

inveni01618d ago

The One will sell. It just will. There are too many uninformed consumers out there. Will it last? Will it be competitive? That's another story.

HammadTheBeast1618d ago


That Halo game isn't coming out in first year gg,

denawayne1618d ago (Edited 1618d ago )

@invenio - I'm a well informed, 30+ year console owner/player and I am buying Xbox One. I have my reasons as do thousands of other people who pre-ordered it. In fact, after all the negativity surrounding the Xbox One, you'd pretty much have to be informed to make the decision to buy one.

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PurpHerbison1618d ago

"casual fifa/cod folk" bring home the bacon.

christian hour1618d ago (Edited 1618d ago )


Unfortunately that is true, and its why we're seeing less creative games outside of the indie circle.

Gaming has changed drastically in the last 8-9 years and although I'm not happy with a lot of those changes, Non gamers being the majority that are being catered too etc or at least thats how it felt with 360 this gen, but a lot of good changes have come about too so as with everything, pros and cons.

Sony seem to be the one remainging force that can balance its user base with diverse genres and experiences that fall outside of the currently popular fps/sports/action genres.

And if thats all they're in to, more power to em, I just wish they'd leave your comfort zone once in a while and join real gamers and unlock entirely new experiences for themselves :) It's like licking an apple and then saying you've tasted all you need to taste.

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kayoss1619d ago

At $499 sells out this week since the it was available for Pre order but imagine if it was at $399? It would have sold out a few days after it was available for pre-order.

hesido1619d ago

We have a rough idea by looking at best sellers of 2013 on Amazon:

PS4 launch ed. sold out, number 3rd. Xbox launch ed. sold out, at number 6. Which means there was more PS4's allocated to Amazon, excluding PS4 bundles, which also seem to have sold out. Also, Xbox took much longer to be sold out.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1619d ago

well ps4 is #10 in usa amazon and xbox one is #53..

lol odd for usa no?

Lou-Cipher1618d ago

"well ps4 is #10 in usa amazon and xbox one is #53"

This right here has to be terrifying to Microsoft. United States & United Kingdom was their bread and butter for the 360 over the PS3.

With Microsoft losing those two huge markets to the PS4 this time around, (and it looks by a very large margin) It's not looking healthy for the Xbox ones future.

X1 will sell enough to stay in business, but it looks like it is going to be dominated this go round.

Shadowsteal1619d ago

This guy is stupid. Sony allowed retailers to take unlimited per-orders until recently. I work at Bestbuy currently and my stores ratio of preorders were 3.5:1 another bestbuy near my house said they got 3:1 and my friend from GameStop told me his store got 4:1 and another store he asked got 3.5:1. All these stores are located in New York City. So if Sony allowed one gamestop to sell 100 ps4s that means they sold roughly 25-35 Xbox ones. Yet they're still both sold out.

PSN-JeRzYzFyNeSt1619d ago

whats your point? that microsofts problem if they are plannig on a launch day console only.. if i were microsoft id be like ight we sold out of launch day consoles start taking pre orders for day 2 and on or whatever but they dont want to... sony just had a different approach

Scatpants1618d ago

His point is that the author is claiming that because the xboxone is sold out it is selling well when in reality they just provided less units so that it would sell out no matter how bad it is actually being outsold by the PS4. They want people to think that because it is sold out it must be really popular and they should jump on the bandwagon as soon as they can get one.

Lvl_up_gamer1618d ago

Well MS did say they will be doing a world wide launch, minus Japan, whereas Sony has stated that they want to focus on North America at the cost of a late launch in either Japan or Europe.

So it makes sense if the PS4 has more units available in the US and are selling out at a higher unit count when MS have less units in NA but are launching world wide...

Hicken1618d ago

21 countries isn't much of a worldwide launch...

Lvl_up_gamer1618d ago

@ Hicken

And yet it's still much more then Sony is launching your comment is pretty narrow minded and irrelevant.

Much like most of your comments.

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lgn151618d ago

Yup keep telling yourself that

ALLWRONG1618d ago (Edited 1618d ago )

Welcome to the wall of excuses and fear. Sold out is sold out no matter how many times you say "but but but" it's still sold out.

Hicken1618d ago

Selling out of five isn't the same as selling out of fifty.

MikeMyers1618d ago

"Selling out of five isn't the same as selling out of fifty."

Ahh yes, the old immature comeback all because you want it to fail and in all likelihood because of your loyalty to Sony's consoles. Must explain why you're so interested in this topic.

Lou-Cipher1618d ago


Not sure how you can criticize Hicken's statement?

Microsoft wants people to believe that they are doing as well as Sony, but the FACTUAL MATH shows that they are not even close to the same sells as the PS4.

It's not a fanboy hate thing, It's just MATH.

Sony is selling MORE consoles in every single country, and are doing it at a much FASTER pace.

ALLWRONG1618d ago

And how would you know if it's 5, 50, or 500?

"sold out" must be painful for you.

HammadTheBeast1618d ago

Well PS4 is #10 on Amazon US, while Xbox One is #50.... sooooo....

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3-4-51618d ago (Edited 1618d ago )

Gamestop was taking 64 orders per store compared to Xb1's 16 per store.

Then Once PS4's were sold out, they extended it.

There is a big difference between selling out of 2 million units and selling out of 3 million units.

saint_seya1618d ago

Please dont make sense here, its no allowed..
No matter if theres only 100k consoles, they are sold out ;)

Ausbo1618d ago

i think people are buying the xbox one cause it has a pretty good launch lineup. Despite all thier f**kups, a lot of people could care less about the bad PR and press.

greenlantern28141618d ago

Sold out means nothing how many sells it what matters. Now idk who has what available at launch, but everyone knew the fans of Xbox and the fans of sony not to mention the scalpers trying to make money where gonna guarantee these systems to sell out. But sales in the long run not just launch day is what matters.

avengers19781618d ago

Well PS3's still sold at 600$... It's not really the 500$ it's the fact PS4 is 100$ cheaper, and believe it or not there are people that will choose the PS4 because the price difference, some people are not brand loyal... I know it's hard to believe

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NYC_Gamer1619d ago (Edited 1619d ago )

" Robert Bernstein thought everyone was dead set against buying Xbox One at $499"

That's wrong to claim everyone was against the X1 price since many of the comments were coming from online gaming forums which doesn't represent every gamer

Upstate89871619d ago

I see your point, but it wasn't just from online gaming forums. I don't know about you, but everyone I spoke to in person pretty much said they weren't ordering an Xbox One.

NexGen1619d ago

Are you really pretending to be confused?

I'm sure you're aware that you did not speak with everyone in the world/region/city/neighborhood . Nice attempt at being cute.

Seraphemz1619d ago

Just curious, was that before or after the 180?

I think that more people bought the system AFTER they decided to change the DRM policy..

torchic1619d ago

people on forums and people in the know how don't equal general population, you know that.

pete0071619d ago

you didnt speak to me and alot others around the world, me, on the other hand, my friends and relatives only think of xbox one, because of kinekt 2.0, cause we all have kids at home and kinektimals, etc, is still one of their favourite games, so dont forget that we, parents, with kids dont give a penny for ps4, due to the lack of innovation, besides a refreshed online, new plastic quality, i dont see my kids playing ps4 when all they want is a 360 right now, its more family driven than playstation, believe me. even my wife doesnt bother when we play, cause its fun

n4rc1618d ago

Myself and all my friends got our x1 ordered the day after e3.. And I personally don't know anyone getting a ps4..

Different circles yields different results.. Fact is the fan base is pretty even..

Same with my area.. GameStop dude said they sold out in hours.. Had to look around to get ours.. But I don't argue another area might be the exact opposite

Many of us are getting both.. I think the public opinion is blown out of proportion.

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Kryptix1619d ago

That's true, it's just like in the PS3 days where it still sold at launch even with that really high price. Loyalists will always buy their favorite brand without knowing what it does on all sides. The difference this time around is that the PS4 sold out way quicker than the Xbox One's. And Gamestop's "unlimited" supply of PS4 preorder stock have run out a long while ago. Sony might have underestimated how good it would sell but I'm also guessing the stock was high and ended selling all of it. Launch day is gonna be crazy!

Scatpants1618d ago (Edited 1618d ago )

Honestly if I could buy both right now I would, but I'm already getting the PS4. I'll probably pick up the Bone around tax return time. I really like the looks of the controller a lot better and the rumbling triggers sound like a cool feature. Also Halo and Titanfall.

greenlantern28141618d ago

While the 500$ price tag or 100$ price difference won't matter to some people it will matter to other people. The system selling out is not an indication ( even for ps4) of how many they sold. Also as mentioned numerous times pre orders are not sales people could cancel. And if a small % of 360 owners let's say 5% decide the 100$ is a reason not to buy xb1 and opt for ps4 than ms losses around 4 million and sony gains around 4 million.
I know that is pure speculation but it could happen

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Stryfeno21619d ago (Edited 1619d ago )

Well people buy 2nd generation IPad at that price so why wouldn't you think Xbox One won't?

hkgamer1619d ago

Because apple products are hip and cool (man I sound like such a geek).

kayoss1619d ago

Because its Apple's rule
If you buy a Iphone 3G, its the law to buy Iphone 3GS because the "S" stands for Special. Eventhough its the same thing.

Dno1619d ago

Wii u was sold out also from preorders so was the vita.

This article is stupid.

punisher991619d ago

Yeah but the question is. How many pre orders did the Wii U and Vita have? Actual numbers is the real question. Not sell outs.

Manic20141619d ago

True but nintendo had a big pre-order limitation due to product cost compared to last gen and the pre-orders of the xbone and PS4. They were going through a bad time as a company.

D-riders1619d ago (Edited 1619d ago )

system not sell out??? what a stupid person to write this.

of course it will sell out.

also look at stock the ps4 is sold out of four bundles on amazon and a "Unlimted" supply at gamestop