Xbox One available in store at Launch Confirms Microsoft

Microsoft Game Studios vice president Phil Spencer has confirmed that stocks of the Xbox One will be held back at launch to ensure that the consoles are available in store. This means that if you haven’t pre-ordered, you will have the chance to at least be able to pick up an Xbox One in store at launch. As to how many other people have the same idea would determine your success, but that is definitely Microsoft’s aim.

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allformats1536d ago

Someone makes a story about a next-gen console being available in stores at launch? Come on, man.

JumpToGamer1536d ago

Well as someone who hasn't pre-ordered an Xbox One yet, the fact that you "may" be able to pick one up in store is quite big, especially considering how popular it has proved to be with everywhere selling out of pre-orders, so there is still chance to be able to pick one up at launch. That's the premise behind writing the story.

If it's a Nintendo 2DS I would agree, but since it's gonna be pretty hard to pick one up, this is quite big. My thinking anyway, would be a crazy world if we thought the same eh? ;)

mewhy321536d ago

Well of course there's going to be stock at the store. I mean the pre-orders for the bone were so poor that all that production has to go somewhere. Now they're trying to make a spin on the bad sales by saying that now you'll be able to buy this thing at the store. LOL. You won't be able to buy PS4 at the store because it's "SOLD OUT" before it even releases. But there will be tons of stock for the bone since it's selling so poorly compared to PS4.

ProjectVulcan1536d ago (Edited 1536d ago )

Selling out seems like a bad thing in terms of profitability but it can be priceless in terms of media coverage. It creates a sense false or real, it doesn't matter, of a product in extreme demand.

This creates excitement in consumers when they manage to capture the product, buy it and get it home and open the box.

Seeing boxes and boxes sat on shelves not long after launch can easily generate negative PR.

Remember Tretton famously saying he would give anyone $1000 who could find a PS3 on a shelf after launch?

This was clearly a statement to attempt to create the idea that PS3 was in massive demand.

Believe it or not, companies want that concept they are 'sold out' when they launch their machine. Its much more preferable than seeing racks of unsold units.

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abzdine1536d ago

normal, pre orders aren't that high so the rest of the consoles will be shipped to stores.

StanSmith1536d ago


You do realise that Sony are doing the same thing with PS4?

Quote from the article "And some machines WILL be held back so that stores have something on shelves come launch day at the end of the year.

One retail source told us that Sony “doesn’t want consumers who couldn’t buy PS4 to buy Xbox One instead”."

tokugawa1536d ago

allformats you are dedicatedtogamers alt account. 100%

come on admit it

dumahim1536d ago

I'm sure some stores will have some in stock on launch day. Problem is, people are going to be camping out over night, or longer to nab those. To anyone relying on walking into a store on 11/22, good luck.

GraveLord1536d ago

It's not selling out because its popular, its selling out because there aren't that many up for pre-order to begin with.

Anyway everything will have stock in stores are at launch. How much is the real question.

rainslacker1535d ago (Edited 1535d ago )

All companies hold back supply to have it in store. Particularly for the holiday season. It's just really bad not to have a single unit available in stores, with no hope of getting one. Even with the massive shortages of the Wii or the moderate shortages of the PS3, they did pop up in stores from time to time.


Exactly right. Nintendo was saying how the Wii U was completely sold out for launch. within a week every store was saying how they just happen to get some stock in, then people realized it was readily available no matter where you went.

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GameCents1536d ago (Edited 1536d ago )

After SONY fans demanded to be told about FCC approval (when they hoped it hadn't gotten it), MS is now just trying to be open and give you people obvious useless information that you so desperately seem to crave.

There you go.

rainslacker1535d ago

Or maybe they're just trying to ease the worries of those that weren't able to secure a pre-order? I know for a fact that there are people that were unable to secure a pre-order, or aren't the type to pre-order, but still want an X1, and perhaps MS doesn't want them looking at the competition.

I'm not a huge fan of MS right now, but I didn't take their statement as something really to be used as fuel for the console war.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1536d ago

"Xbox One available in store at Launch Confirms Microsoft"


hakeem09961535d ago

My friends and I don't put money on shit we never seen or held .I've never preordered anything in my life so it's a good news for me .Once i've held both system and see what they both have to offer ,i would like to be able to make a purchase ,i'm happy that both MS and Sony will have more than the preordered box available at lunch

ZBlacktt1536d ago

Kind of says their pre-orders sells didn't crush them like it did Sony. I mean Amazon and Gamestop both stopped taking orders for PS4's. Like 2 and 3 times each....

CustardTrout1536d ago

Sony are doing the same with PS 4...

ZBlacktt1536d ago

Sony has also said they are working their warehouses 24 hours a day to meet the demand. Yet some are being told their orders might not be exactly launch day. If they pre-ordered on the 2nd and 3rd rounds at Amazon. Lets not act like this is new news now, lol.

SilentNegotiator1536d ago (Edited 1536d ago )

Amazon is probably handling a million pre-orders alone; you really think they're going to be able to get those ALL out on the same day?

QuickdrawMcgraw1536d ago

Shhh ZBlack you will up set the masses here on N4Xbox.

ZBlacktt1536d ago

People obviously don't read much news or the stories put out. You could post a direct fact on here and kids would still click disagree. Everyone and their mother is aware PS4>X1 in pre orders by a million miles. It's not even a question.

tcozzens1536d ago

I work at a Gamestop and to be completely honest, both of the preorders sell right out of stock as soon as we get them in. (and at my store particularly, and some others in my region have more xbox one preorders than PS4). Both have been sold out and both stopped taking preorders more than 2-3 times each haha

WeAreLegion1535d ago

Calling BS on a store having more XBO pre-orders than PS4. Sony had significantly more available.

tcozzens1534d ago

@wearelegion, I will print out a reserve sheet and post it as long as my boss allows it. Also, I said in my store in particular, we are a xbox heavy store, but yes its by like 5-6 more.

T21535d ago

Both companies will hold stock so that news outlets will report on black Friday of stampedes of people crushing each other to get an xbox, ps4 ... Sadly its great press

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demonddel1536d ago

Hey does Americans get a free game with the Day One edition

FITgamer1536d ago

No need to give more bait to to fish already on your hook.

demonddel1536d ago

All because I asked do we as Americans get a free game like the European markets

Vip3r1536d ago

Wow, what a world we live in whereby I can actually walk into a shop and buy a console when it's officially released.

Such luxuries spoil us.

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