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GameStop seeing greater interest in Xbox One since price drop announcement

It's only been a nine days since Microsoft announced a price cut for the Xbox One, but retailer GameStop is already benefiting from the announcement. During a post-earnings financial call today, GameStop president Tony Bartel said the company is seeing "stronger demand" for the Xbox One since last week.

"I definitely think we're already seeing in our stores with our reservation program as well as dialogue with PowerUp Rewards [members that] there's a stronger demand as a result of the price drop," Bartel said. "The good news for us is... we'll sell a lot more units."

"And that means there will be more [Xbox One] units out there to put software on," Bartel went on to say.

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gameon19851246d ago

I know one thing, if Microsoft lives up to the hype they are building for E3 sells should go threw the roof.

The_Infected1246d ago

This is there big chance to turn things around so they better not blow it. Hopefully they will have a killer show but we'll have to wait and see.

christocolus1246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

I totally agree with you guys. If MS can put on an amazing show at E3 we will see an amazing increase in demand for the xbox one.I remember last year immediately after sonys conference amazon and gamestop announced that preorders for the ps4 were over the roof. Gamers watch these shows and make purchases based on what they see and we have tens of millions of gamers still undecided on what to get. MS needs to wow gamers with huge announcements and great games,no one cares if they are 1st,2nd or 3rd party exclusives(a great game is a great game)and MS needs to spend their cash big time,they need to hit the ball out the park.

Halo mc collection,sunset overdrive and forza horizon2 bundles would be great ideas too and maybe include kinect sports rivals as a free game with the kinect sku too.

I'm glad to hear this from gamestop and I hope this interest cuts across the major retailers too.great news.I'm sure Phil and his team must be happy about this.I wish them all the best of luck

@lawboy2

I can't wait to see how June plays out. Its going to be a great month.

Lawboy21246d ago

@ Chris

Couldn't have said it better myself

tuglu_pati1246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

I dont know man, I'm sure they'll have a great showing but people are expecting for the second coming of Christ and they may end up disappointed.

I think its better too stay under the water and then boom blow everyone out of the water with surprises than overhype and under deliver.

Anyway is good to hear sales are picking up, i think its a great machine, Im having tones of fun with it.

georgeenoob1246d ago

With E3 just around the corner and the price drop, X1 is set to dominate PS4 in the U.S.

morganfell1246d ago

Check out the interest for yourself. Here is the current Bestseller List: http://www.gamestop.com/bro...

miyamoto1246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

Was it just yesterday these Xboxers are justifying with their very lives just about everything about the Xbox One from 24/7 online check, DRM, $499, Kinect, TV, TV, TV, 720p is better than 1080p only to have M$ pull the rug under their feet for yet another 180 turncoat u-turn?

I don't get it...

Just like M$, these Xboxers have no integrity nor word of honor. Who in their right mind would take them seriously?

Edit:
And was it Gamestop who had this DEAL with M$ as the sole reseller of used Xbox One games? That is MONOPOLY right there!
How can any sane person ever approve of that sinister agenda against gamers?

This is just terrible. How can people put up with this. The gullibility is turning to a cancer of gaming society.
https://www.youtube.com/wat...

Skips1246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

morganfell... That Watch Dogs and Destiny bundle will definitely be helping Sony outdo MS in the coming months. Wonder what'll happen if they do The Last Of Us bundle as well... Considering the millions of former Xbox gamers switching to PS4 who were interested in The Last Of Us last gen.

Anyways, seeing a lot "Xbone gonna stomp PS4 now!..uh. well.. uh at least in the US!!!! " comments. lol

Wasn't that supposed to happen when Xbox One dropped to 449.99 INCLUDING Kinect, and not just that, but also including Titanfall (A game that was hyped and marketed as the second coming).

I swear, that bundle had Halo level marketing and we all know how numbers turned out that month. lol All Sony needed to do was release Infamous Second Son (Which isn't even one of Sony's bestselling franchises)... : /

AngelicIceDiamond1246d ago

This is wonderful news from Gamespot and I'm glad more ppl are opting in the X1.

The thing is MS biggest threat isn't Sony per say. This E3 is really a battle against themselves.

Think about it the new MS are crawling and clawing themselves out of a whole VS old policy that greatly damaged them last year from the old Xbox team.

Now don't get me wrong they are competing against Sony in every single way but its MS reputation and the well being of the Xbox brand is what they are fighting for.

DRM and no used games did some serious damage to them last year.

In conclusion MS literally Can NOT afford to mess up this E3. Delivering is not optional but a must.

If not then the overall Xbox brand as a whole will be questionable and Sony will own the entire market.

Is this do or die for MS? Sort of because what happens if MS doesn't deliver at E3?

Like I said this great that more gamers are are looking into the console now.

QuickdrawMcgraw1246d ago

If MS can put on a amazing show highlighting their new console they just released...You know the one that over the last year has had roll back after roll back...Until MS has been left with a console that is still weaker then the PS4...And has lost all that made it different the Sony's PS4...MS might make a come back where they and Sony equally share the U.S. market...We all know the rest of the world belongs to Playstation...

Army_of_Darkness1246d ago

What would be really funny is if ms decided to go all out kinect at E3 after announcing the kinectless xbone! Lol! I would love to see the priceless reactions

BX811246d ago

@tuglu

Maybe ms is taking your approach. They haven't been hyping e3 up like they have in the past. Theyve announced some stuff to get it out of the way and that's all I've really seen from them. I think everyone is going to have a good e3 but ms and Nin stand to gain the most.

morganfell1246d ago

@Skips,

This is the same situation that occurred just before, during, and after Titanfall launched when there were two PS4 bundles leading the pack at Gamestop.

Something else of which people should be aware is that big announcements at E3 concerning games coming in 2015 and beyond do not mean squat to 95% of the buying public. What is coming now. What is coming this year. That matters now to most gamers. 2015 games will matter to moist gamers in 2015.

In that regard, 2014, Sony is starting to step it out. In the US with PS Now going open beta, Drive Club going Open Beta, AAA titles fom Sony this year, all means a price drop will not help.

Why?

Because as it was before they cut Kinect, it has never been about price. If it were the matter that little Timmy couldn't scrape together enough pennies for an X1 you wouldn't have these PS4 bundles as the top sellers. During teh Titanfall launch there was a $574 bundle outselling the X1 that came with Titanfall free. It isn't the dollar amount.

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XiSasukeUchiha1246d ago

This is chance for redemption for MS, if they screw up Xbone is doomed!

HollywoodLA1246d ago

Like what hype? Can you cite anything specific?

gameon19851246d ago

Just stop it, there is no need to down play the amount of hype surrounding Microsoft E3 press conference. you would have sounded smarter if you just said you don't think they will live up to the hype, instead of a scared Sony fan boy the way you do right mow.

HollywoodLA1246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

So you can't cite anything specific?

King_of_Nothing1246d ago

Halo 5, Forza horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive, Halo 2 anniversary, Quantum Break, are few specific things people are excited for =)

HollywoodLA1246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

You just named the same games that Microsoft has been trying to hype for month now. Look at xbox sales over the past 6 months. Has it worked? No.

You don't know ANYTHING about what MS is showing at E3, nor Sony, nor Nintendo.

Stop propagating this false notion of hype - when you can't even cite anything new to get hyped about lol.

It's just absurd.

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colonel1791246d ago

Yeah, E3 will play a big factor in sales for the Xbox One, but I am sure Microsoft does have a great show planned for their conference. They are in panic mode, and remember con great Sony turned out after being in that mode at the beginning of the cycle. With Xbox things can only get better, so hopefully they don't waste the chance.

With all that said, Sony will likely have a great conference too, so will be interesting to see if which announcements trump each other. I think Microsoft will have more games announced than Sony, but which will have the best games?

pandaboy1246d ago

Microsoft are like a cornered animal atm. Sony had a chance to finish them off but Microsoft are fighting back and this E3 I think we will see a major 3rd party exclusive again go to the xb1.

Just imagine if it was Sony who secured Titanfall exclusivity and had a major 3rd party exclusive lined up for this E3. It would be all over, Microsoft wouldn't stand a chance, but Sony rested on their laurels and gave Microsoft some time to recuperate. Big mistake Sony.

AngelicIceDiamond1246d ago

@Panda You do realize its beneficial to have both systems around right?

Lol of course I wouldn't expect someone like you to understand its way to logical and realistic for you. Its way beyond your comprehension so for get it you clearly don't think that way.

But.

Just because you don't like something doesn't mean it shouldn't exist. It means it shouldn't exist in YOUR world leave the rest of the world will have options.

pandaboy1246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

Beneficial for the consumer yes, I'm not sure if it's beneficial for sony. There is an argument that the competition microsoft brings helps sony by bringing attention and consumers into gaming.

I'd argue sony would be more profitable having a monopoly without microsoft around. Realise that I'm not talking from my 'world' like you're trying to make out, I'm talking from a sony perspective. You were too quick to assume judgement I'm afraid.

Magicite1246d ago

Gonna make an impact in USA/UK, but in the rest of the world it still will be meh.

troylazlow1246d ago

especially in countries like Canada where the PS4 is now the more expensive console (thanks to Sony jacking up the price $50)

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HeWhoWalks1246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

"Thanks for the input, Jeff."

OT: Of course there is more interest. $100 cheaper is $100 cheaper. The question will be about longevity - will the X1 be able to sustain some of that momentum where necessary?

Right now, they have generated a good amount of buzz for E3 and the price cut will surely aid that as well. So things are definitely looking up.

AngelicIceDiamond1246d ago

"Xbox One is here to stay"

The disagrees mean "no the Xbox isn't here to stay" So where is it going then? Do ppl think MS will suddenly cancel the Xbox division or something?

I don't get it.

If MS plays their cards right then yes they are here to stay.

snookiegamer1246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

Lol peeps hate on Xbox One so much that they are blind gamers.

It's natural that Xbox One interest is on the rise, since the main obstacle has been removed...and that is price.

As a PS4 owner, I want Xbox One to keep pace (sales) so that Sony doesn't become complacent.

troylazlow1246d ago

the community in all these gaming websites makes up 2% of the gaming market (and yes those are legit numbers, I'd share my formula for calculating it but, wheres the fun in that) point is we are a loud voice but a very small voice.

Deividas1246d ago

Im personally planning on getting the Xbox One eventually anyways to play all of its exclusives (just bought a Wii U for that reason) but im gonna wait maybe for another price drop till I buy it.

At least they are on the right track now, or at least looking for the right track

GamingSinceThe80s1246d ago

I was just there asking about Xboxone yesterday.I wanted to know if they would buy my Kinect yet.