Microsoft claims Xbox One sold out worldwide; Retailers beg to differ

Recently, Sony (maker of the PlayStation 4 video game console) announced that more than 2.1 million PS4 units have sold worldwide.

In response, Microsoft's Xbox VP Yusuf Mehdi told website Ars Technica that their Xbox One is "sold out at retailers around the world."

A quick over-the-phone check at a six randomly-selected retailers found that isn't quite the case.

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GamersHeaven1782d ago

So pathetic and desperate Microsoft need to shut up already we all know this is a big pile of bs.

Angels37851782d ago

Seems like everyone and their mother beg to differ xD Microsoft seem eager to generate demand atm....

Enemy1782d ago

Microsoft creating false demand, trying to make Xbone seem as demanded as the PS4, which is far, far away from the actual truth.

Eonjay1782d ago (Edited 1782d ago )

Im a little confused about it. I will check the mall tomorrow. I think people are taking it out of context though. They don't mean sold out like PS4 sold out. They mean going fast and attempting to restock some retailers.

By the same token people should understand that different retailers have different situations. The reason why its so hard to get PS4 before Christmas is due to backed up preorders and stupid high demand. Thats what the warnings about preorder deadlines were foreshadowing.

With PS4 its first come first serve. I do think Microsoft is doing a better job with providing adequate stock... but like Jack Trenton said, Sony's major issue (insufficient stock verus demand) is a good problem to have.

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gamesR4fun1782d ago

this strategy is filled with so much fail

even if they are selling 2:1 vs the ps4 it's not like they ain't selling this bs will only hurt them more.

Bigpappy1782d ago

This article is a dumb article. having one or 2 units in some stores means nothing.

When GameStop and ToysRus call to say they need more console because they sold they stock, do you think that all the stores have zero units left? This is the kind of reporting shows what happens when a fanboy get hired or creates his own website.

spicelicka1781d ago

lol real pathetic are the people here flaunting their fanboy junk.

Out of a million units a few units were still found in stock, and some of them were just returned.

Firstly who the hell cares.

Secondly, I'm sure MS doesn't follow around the retailers like dog for constant updates. It's the retailers problem if anything.

Either way good luck comparing your tiny ones guys, I'm gonna go enjoy some games.

nukeitall1781d ago

I cannot for the life of me find an Xbox One in stock at any retailer near me in San Diego. I missed out on both Best Buy and Amazon.


hakeem09961781d ago

So just because they good at replenishing their stocks ,they liars. good to know !!!I told you guys that MS was going to make sure that the XBOXONE was available threw out the holidays .I used to work retail one thing i know is that around the holidays stores leave certain stock to be sold on a specific day ,back in the day my old store had 360's and PS3's in stock but we were not allowed to sell them until a set date so we would tell customers they were sold out .it's a common practice in retail . Most of the stores right now have xboxone and ps4's, but they won't sell them until are told by corporate.

Tony-A1781d ago

To be honest, Yusuf may not have been lying.

Do I personally believe that Xbox Ones are selling like hotcakes, or anywhere near what PS4 is pulling? Absolutely not. In fact, I think that the gap is only going to widen as the holidays progress, and I don't ever see the XBO surpassing the PS4 in worldwide sales. The best chance MS had at being Sony was last gen with the 360, and even then they apparently still lost.

But PR is a work of sneaky bullsh*t, and the man is probably not lying here. XBOs are most certainly still available everywhere I go, and most likely heavily in stock all over the world, but there could be a couple of stores somewhere in this world that just doesn't have supply yet.

He said that the XBO is "sold out at retailers around the world." By saying that, it can give the illusion that he's stating a mass sell-out of units in every territory when, in fact, he can still be telling the truth even if the only stores that don't have XBOs are one Gamestop in East Nowhere, Kansas and one Wal-Mart in No-One Cares, New York. Two retailers in separate locations gives him the okay to say that they're sold out across the world.

Kinda confusing, but that's the magic of spin, I guess. He can say this all he wants, the XBO has not gained any form of hype whatsoever from what I've seen. The only "cool" thing that anyone mentions is voice control - which is #1: available on PS4 and #2: not worth an extra $100. I mean, come on.... it's basically a less intelligent Siri.

badz1491781d ago

that's the thing about this "issue". it might be sold out in some retailers, but when Yusuf Mehdi specifically said;

"sold out at retailers around the world."

it won't take long for people to accuse them for LYING! does it hurt them to use the word "some" or "selected" or even "many" before the word retailers there?

mikeslemonade1781d ago

Yep.. straight from the horses mouth. How much more more proof do you want? Time.. and time again.

mgeezy3131781d ago


If they're selling a low amount of console shipments at a time, then of course they'll sell out fast. That's a no brainer.

n4rc1781d ago

Sony boys at it again in here I see...

Its called supply chain management... Ms is good at it...

But a quick visit to best buy and im told they get new stock of both every week.. So if ms is lying so is sony

b163o11781d ago

M$ is hilarious, they claim to be sold out, but in the same breath throw silly numbers out like "Since X1 release 160million zombies have been killed" or "125 million combos were achieved in Killer instinct" know one cares about these numbers. You all just released a new console, and the best you can come up with is numbers about the most insignificant facts about it. Wow things are not looking good for you, and this is just the beginning of its cycle. Can't imagine what the future holds. I would say I feel bad, but I don't...

Prime1571781d ago

You all are right. It's simple. The demand is higher for ps4 and so it sells out faster. X1 still sells out, just not as fast as both systems are keeping up with the same amount of supply. I can attest first hand.

I work in a gaming retail store in Ohio. I worked black Friday from 12am to 8am... it was miserable, absolutely miserable. However, I did get too observe this demand during the "rush" of midnight to 3am.

360 sales have always blown away ps3 sales in this store (that's why 360 has always been the first thing you see when you walk in) at literally close to a 5:1 ratio.

So, black Friday comes and we have 29 x1s and 27 ps4s. Ps4 sold out by 3am, x1 still had 19 in what we call "the closet" when my shift ended at 8am. Later, I was curious and asked the night manager (after sleeping from 9 am to 4pm) if we sold through the x1s (around 8pm), and she said, "we got through most but there are still 7 or 8 left."

Yes, both are putting out about the same supply - both sets of fanboys can appreciate and see that... but the demand is for ps4 so it sells out much faster; that it's why you can find x1s in stock.

Deadpoolio1781d ago

@Eonjay Really your going to try and defend it LMAO....Their exact words were it was sold out at all retailers, ALL meaning unavailable anywhere...There is no misunderstanding they LIED like Microsoft does best....Smoke and mirrors, lies and misdirection

flyingmunky1781d ago

^The thing about the ones on amazon being sold out so quickly....

Doesn't anyone think it's suspect that the scalpers may be buying all their stock to drive demand for their 899$ xbone consoles?

At least in Amazon's case I don't think them being sold out is a result of 'real' demand.

Ohohoho1781d ago

As long as there are at least 2 stores sold out then, technically, it's not a lie. They didn't say EVERY store.

Still, they'd have done better to just say "we've sold really well, better than the Xbox 360, and we're happy with those numbers."

GHOSTxx4201781d ago

Almost every retailer in my city has xbox one but no ps4s.

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EcliPS31782d ago

Bring on the hate but here comes the truth. I wince every time I come to N4G because the front page is littered with Pro Sony material, or Anti Xbox articles. It's too bad this couldn't become a haven for gamers, instead of just absolute flamebait articles and fanboy comments.

Did anyone stop to think that it may be possible that MS is keeping up with demand? Is it possible they produced more consoles and are releasing them to said retailers multiple times per week? I mean, most retailers have these things called "trucks" which bring something called "product" to their store to replenish stock. Is it possible that adversely, Sony may have limited stock hence not being able to be found anywhere? It's happened quite often in the past. Of course not though. This is N4G. This is a hate mongering cesspool that contains only fanboys with blinders.

There are plenty of articles and comments on here saying "Xbox not really sold out", "My friend's dog saw one at Kmart" or"Amazon still has em". But I never saw the article saying that Amazon replenished their stock twice with Xbox One's and they sold out within 7 hours each time.

On this site, there's always one side to the story, and it's pro Sony. This website is a huge circlejerk of fanboys complaining. Years ago this website used to be moderately split at least, with fanboys from each side spewing hate at each other. But now it's just trolling flamebait articles from blogs and garbage websites.

I'm done with it. Constant sensationalist titles and stupid people.

maximus19851782d ago

the eclipse is over your eyes. dont you wish you could ban us like microsoft

M-M1782d ago (Edited 1782d ago )

No one is forcing you to come to this site. The only reason why there are negative articles is that Microsoft sucks at PR and they're not clear in their messaging lol.

gobluesamg1782d ago

Dont let the door hitya....

TheWarOrphan1782d ago

I've seen mainly truths be told on this site. Its generation playstation now! If you don't like it get out and [xbox tv]!

gamesR4fun1782d ago

you would've liked it here a few years ago when it was the other way around
buck up tho in another ten years a brand new set of fans will take over no doubt

Eonjay1782d ago

I really believe that Microsoft is better able to keep stock up because they arent serving as many regions and because the demand isnt as ridiculous as the PS4. It can be argued that they made a wise decision by reducing the number of territories they launched in.

demonddel1782d ago

bruh you couldnt have said it better I understand exactly what you are saying

Majin-vegeta1782d ago


OT:Plenty in the central valley area.

Eonjay1782d ago

By the way... people are simply arguing that if its so easy for Microsoft to replenish retailers, then stock is available somewhere. If Amazon sold out twice in one day and has them back up this fast, then there has to be units available somewhere or Microsoft has immaculate timing.

Edsword1782d ago

When your done crying, I just want you to know that nobody cares.

Ju1782d ago

MS sold less than Sony on a global scale. How much is hard to say because those numbers are twisted for our all amusement.

Surprisingly, MS was closer on Sony in Americas than I thought: they sold 70% what the PS4 sold at launch, while in Europe I rather think the number is <50% (700k vs ~300K).

Now, these numbers do not indicate that MS has higher demand than Sony and it also does not indicate that MS manages supply better. It rather shows demand is quite higher for the PS4.

Now, one can say Sony underestimated the demand and threw everything they had on to the market at launch and ran out of supply while MS managed to resupply faster by launching "moderately". That's the optimistic view.

Given the cash reserve MS has, they can afford and would probably have tried to fill stock beyond Sony - in expectation of shortage for either console. But given that the reported numbers are in fact in favor for Sony I rather think the more likely picture is, MS "optimistically" reported "shipped" numbers (who can prove they weren't - it will sell eventually) while stock remained after launch. Those plus resupplies is what you see in stores.

Also, Sony must have sold another ~300K after launch in the US/Canada - after ~900K at launch the report says 2.1M global with 700K Europe; means Sony restocked and sold an additional 300K in Americas (most likely around Thanks Giving).

Both companies resupply as fast as they can, PS4 just sell through faster.

Trindividual1781d ago

erm cuz sony is good and microsoft is evil? FACT

kenshiro1001781d ago

So Sony is only allowed to make mistakes. Gotcha.

Anyone with a brain knows that Microsoft screwed up big time and it'll take a miracle for them to go up against Sony.

Apparently you weren't around when this was a pro Microsoft site.

isa_scout1781d ago

Don't let the door smack you in the ass on the way out. Did you ever stop to think that the reason there are more Playstation fans now is because a lot of former Xbox fans made the switch? I did, and I couldn't be happier.

Smootherkuzz1781d ago

I agree, this is the worst I have seen. Why are these people worry about where someone spends their money? What fail to remember is that these game companies are laughing all the way to the Bank. I think most of this junk comes from young kids thinking they have up on the other and the others just like see bs online and the more people that act like them just adds more silliness. Anyway back to gaming.

Prime1571781d ago

Look, I understand and agree with you too an extent. I think both companies are manufacturing very similar numbers (within a few ten thousand I gander).

What Sony fanboys see (I'm a Sony fanboy) is that the demand is causing the ps4 to sell out much faster than x1. Literally hours for ps4 and many hours to days for x1.

So, I agree that we Sony fanboys are probably annoying you MS fanboys, but all we want is for you to, at least, recognize that the demand for ps4 is higher. Just like you want us to recognize that x1 is selling out, just slower, to the point that we can still find them (if we wanted).

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bellome1781d ago

It is fair that you find the front page littered with Pro Sony material when the other company is pure shit. This is the consumer voice, the market has chosen, deal with it.

pompombrum1781d ago (Edited 1781d ago )

Microsoft lost their dedicated fanboys when they near enough abandoned them in favour of trying to lure the Wii crowd in. While they were kinect kinect kinect, Sony were throwing AAA quality exclusives at gamers from all directions. It's no surprise that this place isn't as split anymore.

At the end of the day, it's called news 4 GAMERS and for most, it's fairly obvious which company really has your back. Microsoft are too busy trying to market their console as an entertainment system shying away from being labelled a games console while Sony are loud and proud of being a games console. I'm no fanboy however going by the last three years, I know which console maker values me most as a gamer and I'll be vocal about my support while continue to hate on the one that came close to trying to ruin console gaming with their DRM box.

That's not to say I won't buy an Xbox One.. I'm a gamer at heart and don't want to miss on the many great experiences that won't be available on PS4/PC however Microsoft have a long way to go before they regain my confidence in them.

SonyKong641781d ago

pro Sony articles have nothing to do with Sony doing the right thing and appealing to the majority of gamers that care about their hobby, right?

and negative Microsoft articles have nothing to do with the anti consumer profit before everything strategy Microsoft has taken over the years.. has nothing to do with the HISTORY of lies and deceptions allot of us have just grown disgusted with, right?

Microsoft defenders are delusional at best.

SoulSercher6201781d ago

Then don't come back. The faster you leave the better.

mananimal1781d ago


Dont forget to take your Microsoft tissue for your watery eyes, your Microsoft hanky for your runny nose, & Microsoft pampers for your soaked under trousers on the way out the door.

warczar1781d ago

you will NOT be missed. I'm sure you can find a pro-micro website somewhere to blow smoke up your ass.

Anon19741781d ago

@ EcliPS3. It's amazing how you see only what you want to see. After the PS4 launch, what were the top articles? They were low review scores for Knack. They were multiple reports of PS4 "Blue line of death" among other complaints. Those were your top stories. How often over the last year or so have you come to this page to see an article about how lousy PS Vita sales are? How many articles in the past rocketed to the top about how Blu-Ray won't save the PS3, or 3D won't save the PS3, or PS Move won't save the PS3?

Quite frankly, I don't know what page you've been visiting, but it sure as hell ain't N4G. Yes we're seeing a lot of positive Sony articles now, and why shouldn't we? The PS4 is hitting it out of the park with consumers. But to bitch and moan that it's all pro-Sony and're simply deluded.

By all means, take yourself, your duplicate accounts and your little tantrums and take your leave from the N4G community. If you aren't interested in contributing to the community, you aren't welcome.

Raiden1781d ago

Im with you on this my fellow gamer, people have no clue, cannot and girls are stupid fool. We are camera and are entitled to our opinions but when you stupid kids and worst yet dumb journalists with no common sense writing flame bait it pisses me off. So you called the the store to find out stock availability and you are told yes x1 is in ztockand for that you report MS PR is lying, did you ask each store how many time they are re stock from both console makers, no you didn't, when MS cut the the countries to 13 it was laughed at, it was to make sure that console was always available, PS4 is not because the speed themselves too widely, remember the ps 4 is available in more countries than the X1, the X1 sale should not be close to ps4 but it should be constant and available and that is MS game plan supply. Each gamer should be happy with there purchase, sadly I was not so lucky to have one yet, more important things to spend my cash on, but i was tempted after watching my friend turn on his tv via the X1. Anyway I think it best if all xbox fans leave this site its not worth it

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tigertom531782d ago

from what i have heard microsoft has been sending store with a steady supply of xbox ones but have been selling within a few hours. PS4 have been coming in at a much slower pace but all have been selling...

BX811782d ago

Yeah I can see ms having a good supply of consoles. I can see why Sony would be behind not expecting such a huge surge for the ps4. Either way neither console is failing. Wish these kids would get over it.

tigertom531781d ago

I do think the demand and hype is stronger with Sony, but both will do very well this generation...

Prime1571781d ago

I think it's more complicated than that... I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just arguing company strategy.

Ps4 and x1 reported almost the same exact launch number sales in 24 hours. Period. The difference is that ps4 was NA only, and x1 had 8 countries.

That being said, the staggered ps4 launch has seen surges of stock rather than a regular supply, whereas the x1 gives regular stock to its fewer countries.

I think x1 is still playing catch-up in NA, which has the most outspoken Sony fanboys because 1) it's MS' home turf, and 2) 360 kids in America gave ps3 lovers a SIZEABLE CRAP-TON (yes, that's a real measurement) of... well... crap.

irepbtown1781d ago

I can't speak for every store globally, but in England, where I live most supermarkets and regular game stores such as Game have sold out of both X1 and PS4. Well Game hasn't strictly run out of consoles, they've just decided to sell it for £600+ (RRP £349).

Of course I can't speak for America, but I think you'd find it pretty difficult to get either PS4 or X1 any time soon.

Here's 2 links from the biggest supermarket in England (Tesco) to prove both are out of stock:

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joab7771781d ago

Just release the numbers like Sony has. No one care as if ur sold out. Its easy to say u have sold out when we don't know how many were shipped. It doesn't matter if Sony is ahead. Its early...just give the numbers or don't say anything.

ToyboxDX1781d ago (Edited 1781d ago )

MS can't/wouldn't release their numbers simply because it is MUCH lower than Sony's.

MS sold around 200K plus in Europe and 790K plus in US on 22 Nov.

Sony sold 1.1 million in US on 15 Nov and 700K plus in Europe on 29 Nov.

By 1 Dec, on a worldwide scale, Sony sold 2.1 million units meaning an additional 300K on top of above numbers.

At best, we assume XBone is selling as fast as PS4, meaning 300K, total is still only 1.3 to 1.4 millions by 1 Dec.

A more realistic case would be XBone selling much less than PS4 after launch, say around 100K, that means a low 1.2 to 1.3 million units by 1 Dec.

No matter how MS tries to spin the story, the fact is there for all to see, hence why they couldn't announce any figures at all.

In fact, by saying they sold out the Xbone, they're trying to cover up that low figure such that when people question them on why they have a much lower figure, they can just say they sold out all units and couldn't produce additional units fast enough.

MeknSence1781d ago

So what your saying is that the "1.1 million sold" is actually what shipped? SMH. But yet you claim that it is sold out? SMH again!

assdan1781d ago

What't the point in doing this crap? Your product is doing as well as you thought, so you make it sound better than it really is? This kinda crap is why I'll never trust xbox. Half of their press has been misleading the public into believing things that are incredibly false.

Nathaniel_Drake1781d ago

I mean is it really surprising? MS was channel stuffing the 360. They are a bad corporation to support gaming as also the news of the indie contract. I hope they do get out of the console business with their new hire. People say competition is good but this just slows down gaming, we need another company to take over

clae11781d ago

What's pathetic is websites making articles like this to feed the trolls and fanboys. So some claim that ps4 is available in some stores then sony would be pathetic aswell.

What's more pathetic is fanboys wasting time calling stores just to verify. For what? to feel good about your purchase? Or just bored playing your beloved console?

Azzanation1781d ago (Edited 1781d ago )

That's because MS have the supply to restock stores dip $hit. That's what happens when you sell out. They order more.

come_bom1781d ago

I find fanboys so pathetic.

GamerzElite1781d ago

Nothing new, a couples of day before Microsoft Store were selling their Day One edition.

geddesmond1781d ago

I live in Ireland. PS4 has been sold out since day one while Xbox1s are still in shops and X1s have been available for sale in Ireland for longer. Most people don't want an Xbox because of its weaker power. Most gamers now know how important it is to have a consol that can run games the way developers want them to run without limitations on graphics or framerate.

I'm not saying X1 isn't capable of doing that. I'm just saying with PS4 the possibilities of improving further on what MS can do is there

Alvidta1781d ago

You know what seems so desperate and pathetic? that article.

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r1sh121781d ago

did you read the article.
They found 3 in total!

2 in a store, and 1 that was returned.

Hardly any stock, so sold out makes sense.
Im sure if these bloggers checked across many stores they would find a ps4 or 2

ovnipc1781d ago

Idk if they are saying the truth or not but 3 of my friends are looking for xone here on florida and cant find one. One of them found a ps4 on gamestop and got it cause he cant find a xone.

dlocsta1781d ago

Once again you people are showing just how stupid you are. If you call a store and they say they have "one" in the back and the same thing is said for the next five stores you call, they are sold out. No company is going to count a single unit as having stock on the shelves you morons! Stop with all the hate. Both consoles are doing well and let's hope they both continue to do well. If you don't like the XB1 don't buy it but don't be a whiny punk and complain every chance you get about something you don't even want in the first place. Enjoy whatever YOU choose to purchase.