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Microsoft Promises Xbox One Stock Will Be Available At Launch

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Jonathan Lester
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Microsoft Promises Xbox One Stock Will Be Available At Launch

Microsoft wants to make sure that you'll be able to walk into a shop and buy an Xbox One on launch day, as opposed to just relying on pre-orders, eBay or good-old fashioned waiting.

Corporate VP Phil Spencer told Game Informer that they're keen to provide high street and supermarket retail with plenty of stock on November 22nd. “You want people to be able to walk in the store and buy one on day one, so you’re trying to manage the inventory that isn’t pre-sold," he said. "It’s not a yield problem, it’s us trying to manage the hardware side.

“I want parents who don’t think about pre-ordering electronics to be able to walk in and have a chance to find a box. There might be a line, but I don’t want it to be that if you didn’t pre-order in September, you can’t get one. That doesn’t feel like a great consumer experience.

“Availability should feel a lot better than it did for 360. If people want to pick up more controllers and games, they’ll be there. We feel really good about our pre-order number, and we’re managing it through allocation rather than demand. [Pre-order] isn’t the business. It’s way more important to me what happens when people walk in the store. The business is selling consoles.”

Microsoft is also manufacturing a limited number of extra Day One Edition consoles and making them available to retailers, though "limited" seems to be the operative word here.

As DivideByZero says in the comments, though, promising that a new console won't sell out is perhaps not the most encouraging sign either... - Jonathan

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DivideByZero  Sep. 6, 2013 at 14:05

Microsoft promises the Xbox One wont sell out.

Press Statement fail.

JonLester  Sep. 6, 2013 at 14:12

Heh, that's one way of looking at it... ;)

gmdlogan  Sep. 6, 2013 at 15:21

Microsoft promises the Xbox One wont sell out.

Press Statement fail.


I read it that way too. Worried much?

gmdlogan  Sep. 6, 2013 at 15:24

So can't wait for both consoles. Preordered ps4 but will see how the bone grows before adding that. Both will hopefully sell well.


Can barely keep my pants dry after seeing Watch Dogs video's!

cicobuff  Sep. 6, 2013 at 15:25

Meanwhile...

Whilst stockpiles gather dust, everyone in their right mind will be waiting for the PS4 to be released the following week.

DesG  Sep. 6, 2013 at 16:22

They need to have stock available as the PS4 will be sold out, and they might get some sloppy seconds sales :)

I'll not be buying either until the prices come down from the stratosphere.

(360 & PS3 owner)

DivideByZero  Sep. 6, 2013 at 16:30

Can barely keep my pants dry after seeing Watch Dogs video's!


Same... which is why I will be buying that one on PC, having just ordered a graphics card costing more than the Xbox One alone :D

Late  Sep. 6, 2013 at 16:43

Microsoft promises the Xbox One wont sell out.
Press Statement fail.

Exactly as I read it!

Not sure where they'll keep all their excess stock. I think all console overflow warehouses have been reserved by Nintendo.

Anarchist  Sep. 6, 2013 at 17:01

Oh I dunno,

"Consoles will sell out, won't be available in stores on launch!"
"Bloody marketing department, trying to drive up hype and demand with blatantly false misleading statements!"

"Consoles won't sell out, will be available in stores on launch!"
"Bloody marketing department, don't know what they're doing, obviously cant sell consoles"

*Consoles sell out on launch, not available in shops*
"Obviously have manufacturing issues, can't build them fast enough as the manufacturing process is naff!"

*Consoles don't sell out at launch and are available in shops*
"Ha, nobody wants to buy them! Crap console!"


What exactly would you like them to say/do...?

Last edited by Anarchist, Sep. 6, 2013 at 17:04
DivideByZero  Sep. 6, 2013 at 17:12

What exactly would you like them to say/do...?


Well, not keep spouting c*** for a start.

Basically, this is a press announcement to remind you that the console is being released. Nothing more, nothing less.

There have already been tons of these "no news" alerts... there will still be more.

There is no need to announce if any will or wont be available in the shops. Tell people it is coming, tell them when it is coming and then they can either pre-order or not.

cicobuff  Sep. 7, 2013 at 01:26



What exactly would you like them to say/do...?


Just keep their gobs shut like Sony do, let the console do the talking.

Anarchist  Sep. 7, 2013 at 16:50



What exactly would you like them to say/do...?


Just keep their gobs shut like Sony do, let the console do the talking.



If they say nothing, people will still post rubbish about them not keeping fans informed.

Whatever MS do or don't do, the Sony fans will always rubbish them. That's just the way life is.

cicobuff  Sep. 7, 2013 at 19:39



What exactly would you like them to say/do...?


Just keep their gobs shut like Sony do, let the console do the talking.



If they say nothing, people will still post rubbish about them not keeping fans informed.

Whatever MS do or don't do, the Sony fans will always rubbish them. That's just the way life is.


Owning the past two previous generations of both Sony & Microsoft consoles I certainly have little faith in anything Microsoft these days.

Sony are letting the game developers get excited about the PS4, that's the best news to my ears.

Anarchist  Sep. 7, 2013 at 20:38



Owning the past two previous generations of both Sony & Microsoft consoles I certainly have little faith in anything Microsoft these days.

Sony are letting the game developers get excited about the PS4, that's the best news to my ears.


And why is that then? All past experience show that MS always deliver what they say they will, and then stick to it. Sony however, have so much previous history of letting their customers down. PSN getting hacked, losing everyones credit cards and being down for weeks. Removing services like folding, introducing cinavia, removing features and functionality from consoles including Linux, USB ports, card reader, backwards compatibility, SACD support. Etc. I could go on, but its Sony who you should be worrying about whether they will deliver what they say they will, and be sticking to it.

cicobuff  Sep. 7, 2013 at 20:59



Owning the past two previous generations of both Sony & Microsoft consoles I certainly have little faith in anything Microsoft these days.

Sony are letting the game developers get excited about the PS4, that's the best news to my ears.


And why is that then? All past experience show that MS always deliver what they say they will, and then stick to it. Sony however, have so much previous history of letting their customers down. PSN getting hacked, losing everyones credit cards and being down for weeks. Removing services like folding, introducing cinavia, removing features and functionality from consoles including Linux, USB ports, card reader, backwards compatibility, SACD support. Etc. I could go on, but its Sony who you should be worrying about whether they will deliver what they say they will, and be sticking to it.


I have found from owning both the Xbox and the 360 that Sony deliver on the gaming front..I have SACD support in my Blu Ray Players, I have no need for all the features of the 1st revision phat PS3 as did many others.

On the other hand Microsoft have greatly let me down with their lack of exclusives, gaming is where it is at for me personally and Microsoft have failed to deliver with both the original Xbox and the 360 whereas Sony have had an abundance of 1st party titles.

Not only that but Microsoft turned their back on the original Xbox as soon as the 360 was released, whilst the PS2 still had life in it.

Come the launch of the next gen consoles, will Microsoft do the same? With 1st gen titles all but dried up on the 360 whilst there is still a plethora of 1st party development still going for the PS3 history has proved to me already that Microsoft have had their chance with me over the past 10 years....they can shove the Xbone up their proverbial.

Why should I be worried that Sony will continue with quality gaming like they have for the past 3 generations?

Why should I be worried that even after a badly designed PS3 which made it difficult for games developers to program (yet still had/and has upcoming far more exclusives than the 360) Sony listened to games developers and have produced a console that appeals to both their 1st party developers as well as indie publishers?

As a gamer I am not worried at all.

Late  Sep. 8, 2013 at 00:38

Blimeh - it got heated in here.

MattGardner  Sep. 8, 2013 at 10:17

That's why I took off all mah clothes.

Late  Sep. 8, 2013 at 12:20

Thanks for that, Matt.

If you'll all excuse me I've an experiment to conduct with ice cream scoops and my eyes.

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