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Q&A: Microsoft’s Spencer on Xbox One Demand

The introduction of Microsoft’s next-generation game console has not gone smoothly.

Initially, the company upset some users by introducing new rules restricting the sale and trade of game disks, while requiring the new machine to connect to the Internet every day. Even though it reversed those policies,the perception that Microsoft had stumbled became a theme that echoed across the Internet months before the launch.

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Thatguy-310984d ago OffTopicShow
mewhy32984d ago

@dboyc310
That's a good one. It reminds me of the E3 audience at the micro$oft conference. Now on topic. The PS4is outselling the bone world wide. period.

jackanderson1985984d ago

it's not outselling a thing because it hasn't even been released yet

BG11579984d ago

Because probably the PS4 will come out in more than 13 countries?
That should give you a hint.

jmc8888984d ago (Edited 984d ago )

That's a very incorrect way of seeing things.

I guess the thousands upon thousands that have already paid for their consoles and/or traded in earlier systems was just for fun right?

Sure some people could cancel non-paying pre-orders. But most people wouldn't pre-order it to begin with if they didn't have a legitimate desire to own it.

Others paid a small deposit down. Either way the moment a single person paid a single dollar for the console, the sales began.

What's next, saying no one played GTA V until the release date?

UltimateMaster984d ago (Edited 984d ago )

Xbone is just a short term to Xbox One.
Hey, don't look at the gamer, Microsoft is the one who called it One.
I'm not the one calling it an Xbone.
I see pirates when you say Xbone... like they want to take over your ship and steal everything you possess.

...Oh, I get it now.

jackanderson1985984d ago

@BG11579

check out MS sales in those 18 countries that Sony is launching where the xbox one isn't.... they don't amount to that much over 8 years

@jmc8888

it's actually a very correct way of looking at things. Pre-orders are just saying maybe I'll take this in november... even those who pay a deposit/full price can get it back if they don't want the console. Lots of people pre-order these things at launch in the hopes of selling em on at a ridiculously inflated price.

Sometimes shit happens at the local stores like they've run out of stock so when Billy comes in to pick up his PS4 they've none in stock so they'll either say wait till we get new stock or offer him a xbox one to buy (they're a business they'll try sell anything).

Not sure where the analogy of playing GTA came in but ok yeah sure.

@ultimatemaster

I haven't a clue what you are on about

alexkoepp983d ago

Countries launched in really doesn't matter. If there are 1 million of each system available at launch and Xbox only sells in US, and Playstation launches in every country on earth, there are still only 1 million units available. Launching in all those countries means people in the US have less available consoles to buy... and US is the only country that matters... go USA!

BG11579983d ago

@jackanderson1985 @alexkoepp
The PS4 has been in production full-throttle since the middle of the year. There were no production problems that rose until today. Sony is speaking of + millions pre-orders and an objective of 5 millions console sold until March 2014.
Even so, it's true that a drought of PS4 may occurs in the beginning after the pre-orders are shipped.
Yet; Sony is looking very optimistically to the sale numbers of the PS4. They must have a reason.

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Belking984d ago

lol..yea right...and 3ds is smashing vita world wide....so is the old DS...lol

sic_chops984d ago

Still sold more than M$'s handheld. Last word.

OpieWinston984d ago

Kids these days, you're so narrow minded.

awesomeperson984d ago

From reading your comment history - you really shouldn't be calling anyone a "narrow minded" kid.

But on that subject, what is narrow-minded about his comment? Sure it reeks of fanboyism, as do most comments on this site, but what he said is true. The PS4 is, and will, outsell the Xbox One worldwide.

The real challenge for Sony is if they can regain marketshare in the UK and the US.

LogicStomper984d ago

"But on that subject, what is narrow-minded about his comment?"

The term 'fanboy' is used to describe one who has a undeniable bias towards one thing. They would only see the negatives about an alternative and all the positives about their preferred thing. Using this definition, we can now say that this also fits under the term narrow-minded.

So OpieWinston stands correct. Not feeling so awesome now huh?

Trekster_Gamer984d ago

Oh there is a shocker yet another Sony troll first to comment...

walkincarpet984d ago

x1 may have slow start but will sell more in the casual market because of all its features just like PS3 numbers were boosted for blu-ray.

Gekko36984d ago

@All The praystation will do well so will the Xbox One.

Pick a console and buy it. This baby arguement of "mines better than yours" is that of young children who haven't learned how to share.

It's like playing as kids and the boy who owns the ball, get the hump with the others and takes his ball hom.

Chill, buy a Praystation if you want and enjoy.

Stop the nit picking and relax

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xDHAV0K24x984d ago

Sooo ur saying x1 will fail like the wiiu?

WeAreLegion984d ago

The Xbox One will outsell the Wii U within months of release. The PS4 will, too. Just saying. Lol. I have a Wii U.

It's a graveyard of sadness. :/

GraveLord984d ago

Nope. Not a chance.

Xbox One will be successful enough, just not PS4 successful.

MasterCornholio983d ago

I believe that the Xbox One will sell better than the Wii U but less than the PS4 during its first year on the market. After that anything can happen.

Nexus 7 2013

kingdip90984d ago

I wonder why they won't talk pre order nunbers? I would love to know what they are...

The_Infected984d ago

Even if they did they'd probably lie about the numbers.

devwan984d ago

They could always correct it a couple of days later, it's worked before.

On topic: Spencer did well dodging around a bit on that last question.

Also, "over a two- or three-year period, you start to get some of those swing consumers making decisions. I would take a longer term view."

Does that suggest the big price drops might be 2 or 3 years away and that microsoft are confident they can charge what they like for a couple of years as people will buy it up regardless? Unit cost is a big factor for those "swingers".

Chevalier984d ago

They only just recently opened preorders again for us. My store now has a whopping 44 xbox ones presold. Too bad for them ps4 preorders in my store are 302 units. So yeah in Canada at least I can confirm that EB/Gamestop it's getting ridiculous how skewed it is. 100 preorders would be unheard of for most stores, ps4 moved into ridiculous amounts for our stores like 3 months ago where all our stores passed that amount and it just keeps going.

Regis984d ago

@Chevalier
Hey no waiting too long for the xbox then and you can pick up a PS4 while you are there.

MorePowerOfGreen984d ago (Edited 984d ago )

There has to be a date or deadline for Microsoft to reveal specifics. Microsoft has never spewed numbers randomly. You won't know until after dates like Black friday and the like. Advertising and all the details of the console are not even in full gear yet. What would be the point?

Lets not forget Microsoft sells the Xbox One in their stores and on their websites not to mention on Xbox Live.

Chevalier984d ago

Yeah no point in talking about how bad they are losing in preorders they should just focus on positives. If they had good numbers they'd be talking about it plain and simple. My store has 302 ps4 preorders and only 44 xbox ones, not single store out of 9 in my city has over 50 units whereas ps4 numbers are over 150 per store (over 100 system preorders are unheard of till ps4 came along). Our top store has 451 preorders for ps4 and about 100 xbox ones preordered, only store that comes close to those ps4 numbers is in New York somewhere.

MorePowerOfGreen984d ago

Yeah I don't know the allocation details of both companies at any given time or area.

I don't know if you're talking over time in total or all at once which both seem hard to believe unless effect by what I got at above.

thekhurg984d ago

They're definitely lower than PS4 - and did anyone find it odd that he sort of wrote off sales this year? Saying that sales won't play out until NEXT holiday and beyond.

They're probably going to have some inventory issues in meeting the demand that'll be out there this year. So they'll downplay any significance for starting strong out the gate.

Chevalier984d ago

@Regis

No they won't because our actual xbox one stock we're given is pathetically low so I'd say it's pretty unlikely. MS are the ones that got us to close our preorders of their own doing and I can assure you while Microsoft wants to tell you the demand is high and it's due to high demand it's not. When they were telling you guys they were sold out it was actually not a lie, just nice twisting of words. When we 'sold out' we had a whopping 40 TOTAL xbox one units and now in 2 weeks since we reopened xbox one orders we sold 4 more, while Microsoft cut our stock Sony said keep going and now we're at 302 ps4's which is just beyond ridiculous (no pun intended with 'Beyond' by the way however fitting). We have NEVER seen numbers like Sony are getting ever, certainly in 6 years I worked at EB have never seen numbers like this. Unfortunately xbox one is still floundering about.

Godoftheweek984d ago (Edited 984d ago )

My store had 120 PS2 preorders for comparison. Woodfield mall Funcoland ( now Gamestop) Chicago burb Illinois. It was the store with the most preorders out of any store in the Chicago area. I had a Japanese modded PS2 that I brought to my store on a regular basis so that I could increase preorders. I even had the unreleased Madden 2001.

300 is ridiculous. PS4 will dwarf any console launch before it I m o.

You can book it, lead pipe lock it, and cue up the gravity challenged lady.

dethpuck984d ago

If they sell all they can produce what is the problem? Ps4 is doing great no question. But x1 will sell just fine especially when halo 5 and titanfall drop. I'm getting both consoles so I don't care I want both to be successful

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