Most major online retailers see replenished Xbox One stock following holidays

Microsoft executives had the company fighting hard to make sure its new Xbox One console was available during the holiday season, and it appears that has resulted in readily available online stock following the post-Christmas shopping season.

Bundle-free Xbox One consoles have been available at most major online retailers following Christmas, including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStopthe Microsoft Store and Walmart. Bundled versions of the console are also available at several outlets, though their availability varies by store. Given Microsoft’s production of Xbox One, stock should continue to be available now that the console’s debut and the holiday shopping season has passed.

Xbox One entered “full production” in September, with the first shipments sent to retailers at about the same time. In its first nine days of release, Microsoft sold 909,132 Xbox One units, according to the NPD Group.

One of the most notable decisions Microsoft made with its console was to use DDR3 memory with an on-board ESDRM chip instead of GDDR5, which was partially done because of production yields. Xbox One architects said the decision was made for power consumption and “the commodity memory is cheaper as well, so you can afford more.”

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Some (mostly Sony fanboys) think this was a mistake by MS, releasing in less markets and having units left on the shelf. But I think, for consumers, it was the best decision. The people in the countries where it wasn't released yet are not constantly out there looking for it and being disappointed that they can't buy something that has been released and those in the countries where it has been release have the comfort of knowing that they can go buy one. That's unusual with console launches ever since the PS2 started this launch craziness and, frankly, it's refreshing.

Darth Tigris said,
Some (mostly Sony fanboys) think this was a mistake by MS, releasing in less markets and having units left on the shelf. But I think, for consumers, it was the best decision. The people in the countries where it wasn't released yet are not constantly out there looking for it and being disappointed that they can't buy something that has been released and those in the countries where it has been release have the comfort of knowing that they can go buy one. That's unusual with console launches ever since the PS2 started this launch craziness and, frankly, it's refreshing.

So... not having it released in your country without a time frame or expected release date is supposed to be better?

I can respect the idea of improving the quality of the release, but as far as stock is concerned, first come, first serve is fine by me. If you spent the extra time to get something, by all means you deserve it more than my indecisive self haha.

dead.cell said,

So... not having it released in your country without a time frame or expected release date is supposed to be better?

I can respect the idea of improving the quality of the release, but as far as stock is concerned, first come, first serve is fine by me. If you spent the extra time to get something, by all means you deserve it more than my indecisive self haha.

As a consumer, I think the mad rush to purchase things in fear that you won't be able to get it isn't very constructive. It fosters greed and selfishness, which are negative and destructive traits in society.

I remember when I bought a 360 in the launch window (a month to the day after release) and how frustrating that month was as I searched and searched. Then after I do get one, none of my friends could find one for another month and I felt THEIR frustration and mine too as we wanted to play stuff together. It's just bad for consumers overall.

As for the other countries, when it gets closer to release they'll get a date too. The 13 didn't have a solid release date until about a month out, even though there was a vague "holiday 2013" window just like the rest have a vague "2014" one.

dead.cell said,

So... not having it released in your country without a time frame or expected release date is supposed to be better?

I can respect the idea of improving the quality of the release, but as far as stock is concerned, first come, first serve is fine by me. If you spent the extra time to get something, by all means you deserve it more than my indecisive self haha.

But the issue is there are people out there buying it on day one to sell it on ebay to make money. Why do they deserve to get the console instead of somebody that will actually use it?

xWhiplash said,
But the issue is there are people out there buying it on day one to sell it on ebay to make money. Why do they deserve to get the console instead of somebody that will actually use it?

Because they put in the effort to preorder it?

I dunno. The second someone wants to tell me they "need" a console, I've already lost interest in the conversation. Nobody NEEDS a console, but even if they did, they likely should have kept up with what was going on regarding its release. In retail stores merely a few days before release, you still get people asking to pre-order it. You tell them they can't, then suddenly their mad at everyone besides themselves because they didn't keep up.

As for the eBay sellers, if they bought the console, it is their property, and if they choose to sell it to last minute shoppers who care more for convenience, then by all means, they're free to do with it what they will.

Besides, this holiday season left people with ample ability to grab ahold of both consoles if they knew where to look. Problem is, many people are lazy. Not something I feel bad about at least.

Mike Greenway said,
It seems to me that the last paragraph in the post is off topic?

How is a major decision Microsoft made regarding console output not relevant to console stock?

Honestly, I wish the Mfg's of consoles would just flood the market to prevent resellers on eBay getting outrageous prices

Xbox One's have been pretty readily in stock and ebay resellers aren't getting much for their consoles. A couple of my (unethical) friends tried it and couldn't move their consoles quickly. I think they eventually sold them, but for not even $50 profit.

It was their goal to have enough stock at retail stores for the holidays so people could walk in and buy one without issue or long delays. I'd say they've met their goal just fine, it's why they decided to cut down the initial launch countries from 21 to 13 because of supply and other things. Sony by contrast seems to be spread thin with all the markets they're trying to cover.

Gaffney said,
UK stock has been getting better over the last two weeks but it's still going in and out of stock daily.

My local Tesco Extra (the massive version of Tesco stores in the UK) had completely sold out of all Xbox One games when I went in there looking for Ryse earlier today. You would think that games would be relatively easy to keep in stock, but apparently not.

I have a couple of family members in the same predicament. Both college students. I was feeling jolly this season and bought an Xbox for both of them. One is pre-med, if he flunks out, the Mrs. will have my testicles.

New computer is definitely a better place to put your money, if it's a constraint, at least until one "must have" exclusive game appears on either console, in my opinion. I have an XB1, but I'm reduced to playing Spartan Assault, which I already bought for W8

The only real reason that I bought an xb1 is that I know that I will absolutely buy one to play TF when it comes out in March, and it doesn't matter much to me whether I buy it now or then.

* waits patiently, taps feet.

Enron said,
Maybe if they make a surgeon simulator using Kinect, he can benefit.
And you probably just want to win at QWOP by actually running? Way to take the fun out of it!

I never noticed a depleted stock in my area(Los Angeles/Orange County). We were able to purchase 4 Xbox One's since release. The two Best Buys near me have had Xbox One's in stock since 2 weeks after the initial release. However, I noticed that most places are sold out of the PS4's. We needed one for a nephew and everyone was sold out. Of course every area is different.

Mr. Hand said,
Aren't people tired of this console bickering yet?
Who's console bickering. I'm sharing my experience from the holiday season. The bickering comes from the younger guys. I'm an older gentleman with a family who plays his Xbox on the weekends for about 2 hours.

Yeah that's not bickering.

On topic, I think Microsoft has been able to keep a steady supply of XB1s going out to stores. The bickering will resume once the December sales figures are out.

Yeah, same here in the Houston region. I was surprised to see the local Best Buy had them where people could easily walk in and out with one without any fuss. They still sell quickly, but not as I had expected them to.

Talys said,
Wow, you purchased 4 xb1's?
Yes Sir! It was a good year financially and shopping for family members is a rush like no other. One of those Xbox One's was for me that I waited in line for at Best Buy for 13 hours on release day. Little did I know stock would be good just 2 weeks later.

JHBrown said,
Yes Sir! It was a good year financially and shopping for family members is a rush like no other. One of those Xbox One's was for me that I waited in line for at Best Buy for 13 hours on release day. Little did I know stock would be good just 2 weeks later.

Congrats! I bought one online, and amazingly, it arrived at noon on launch day. I was so happy!