The European launch has been and gone, and some of us are happy little bunnies, sitting quite nicely with our Xbox 360’s in hand, slapping n00bs on Xbox Live and loosing hours of our lives playing 360 games. However, some of us are not so lucky. As we are all very much aware, there has been a huge shortage of Xbox 360’s during the launch. However, according to a recent Press Release from Microsoft themselves, there was a hint or two about Stock replenishes. Taken directly from the Release:
Despite the sell-out, gamers who missed out on launch day can still experience the next generation of gaming and entertainment this Christmas. Xbox will be replenishing stock at retail over thecoming weeks and into 2006, so anxious gamers should continue to check back at their local retailer.
Lisa Morgan from Game PLC also confirmed it: “Xbox 360 sales have been tremendous this weekend” Comments Lisa, “We have sold out almost all of our initial allocation over the weekend, and have seen great sales on games and accessories too. We will be getting more stock in over the next few weeks and expect similar levels of support from consumers and expect the exceptional levels of demand to continue.”
So that’s confirmation that there will be stock replenishes BEFORE 2006, so we can expect more stock to come in before/during xmas, and then into 2006 where we expect the shortage to be gone.
According to the press release, the European launch was a massive hit, with thousands of gamers queuing at stores in all 16 Euro countries just to get their hands on a 360 first. Early reports also indicate a huge want for Accessories and Games, with almost every 360 purchase being accompanied by them.
Neil Thompson, Senior European Regional Director, Home and Entertainment Division says: “We are working around the clock to manufacture as many Xbox 360s as we can and are replenishing retail stores in Europe in the weeks coming up to Christmas. We remain committed to delivering up to 3 million consoles to consumers worldwide in our first 90 days alone. Consumers should check back with their retailers frequently.”
Rest assured, there may still be hope for you gamers who don’t have a 360!