New York City may still have lots of Xbox One units for sale

Late on Friday, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One had sold over 1 million units in its first 24 hours after launch. The company also claimed, "Xbox One is now sold out at most retailers.  We are working to replenish stock as fast as possible to meet the unprecedented demand from our customers."

While that may be true in other parts of the U.S. and the other 12 markets that were a part of the Xbox One launch, it would appear that New York City still has plenty of Microsoft's consoles to go around. DualShockers posted up images of Xbox One boxes that are waiting to be bought at the large Toys "R" Us location in Times Square this past weekend, where a store clerk claimed there were "easily a few hundred" units available for purchase.

The same report claims that the Best Buy store just a few blocks away also had lots of Xbox One consoles for sale, and even showed pictures of what looks like a large number of the Day One Edition that are siting on top of the store's gaming shelves. Both locations said that they did not have any PlayStation 4 units for sale.

So does this mean that Microsoft's next console isn't selling as well as they company has claimed? That may be too early to say at this point. It's possible that NYC and other large cities simply got more units shipped to them compared to what Microsoft shipped to the rest of the country.

Source: DualShockers | Image via DualShockers

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I don't think this is odd. It happens that some have more in stock than others. I guess Microsoft's distribution chain could me more optimal but it's hard to predict consumer patterns depending on area. Some may be running out while others have more in stock. It doesn't imply anything special unless we know what Microsoft has been aiming for. They most likely try to not run out of stock immediately since that hurts sales...

Yeah, those are truly desperate and almost none of them are verified purchases whereas the PS4 ones were. GAF and N4G PS fanboy desperation.

Our store had maybe a pallet full. Unfortunately, I think they were all preorders, but it sucks having to see them all sitting there, in their pretty black day one boxes.

its kinda sad and funny that playstation fanboys are resorting to calling stores and going to stores to take pictures. i guess they were too hurt by the sales numbers.

Why would that be? IIRC PS4 sold the same amount of units just in North America, so to me it seems like PS4 is winning so far. So, why would PS fanboys be hurt?

Ericko said,
Why would that be? IIRC PS4 sold the same amount of units just in North America, so to me it seems like PS4 is winning so far. So, why would PS fanboys be hurt?

I see this all the time, but it makes no sense to me. Sony had 1 million launch units and allocated them in North America. Microsoft had one million launch units and allocated them in 13 countries. Both sold their initial yield. How is it that one company did better than the other? Microsoft could have launched just in the US, and said they sold one million its in 1 country, but that gets them no further ahead -- instead, Europeans and Canadians would be passed.

vcfan said,
oh dear. the insecurity is just oozing from you guys.

Winning? By that statement alone it shows that you're taking things too seriously. As long as there is healthy competition then we all "win". Sony putting Xbox in the grave would be as bad as Xbox putting Sony in the ground.

If PS4 sells better, I honestly don't care. Xbox is not going away. PS4 is not going away.

Xbox2 will eventually come out. PS5 will eventually come out. Buy the one that suits you and just enjoy life, eh?

laserfloyd said,

Winning? By that statement alone it shows that you're taking things too seriously.

Not really, I was just trying to refute the OP's statement.

BTW, I don't own any consoles. My brother has a PS3 and that's just because I was able to buy it dirt cheap. Maybe I'm just hurt because two million consoles have been sold and I don't own any?

Ericko said,
Why would that be? IIRC PS4 sold the same amount of units just in North America, so to me it seems like PS4 is winning so far. So, why would PS fanboys be hurt?

Selling more does not really matter when the experience is not as good. So I'm not sure if the PS4 is winning on every level.

The target where I live has several in stock. The one 2 towns over does not. But best buy has a stack of ps4s and no xo

Doesnt anyone remember them saying that they were going to have extra units for people who didnt pre-order? They said they didnt want it to be where you walked into a store and couldnt find one.

http://www.vg247.com/2013/09/0...microsofts-spencer-assures/

Yes they did. I think MS had different strategy than Sony. Instead of launching just North America, they launched in 13 countries including Europe. Instead of selling everyting on pre-order, they opted to allocate more for walk-in purchases on day one. I am not surprised if they have extras for those who did not pre-order. IMO, this seems like a better buyer experience than Sony, which sold out all PS4 from pre-orders and had very limited retail boxes.

Quote:
Speaking with GameInformer, Spencer said, “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. 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.”

If that's the case, maybe I'll take a short train ride into the city and grab me a couple. The Day One editions are going for a bunch on ebay...

spacer said,
If that's the case, maybe I'll take a short train ride into the city and grab me a couple. The Day One editions are going for a bunch on ebay...

I sold mine locally for 660

It was unprecedented? Surely they had an estimate of how many consoles they would sell judging from either Xbox 360 launch, Xbox One pre orders, or even by looking at Playstation's launch stats.

In my opinion, they only sold a certain amount and then they'll try to slowly milk the sales over the holidays.

Yea, okay. Why are fanboys so desperate about spinning and lying when we clearly know both consoles have demand that well exceeds current supply. They should be happy consoles are more popular than ever, and the poke and swipers have not taken over as some news sites would have you believe.

OK First of all the story came from Dualshockers, a notorious PS fanboy site. Second of all those are all Day One editions which were probably preorders, which means that some people will have either changed their mind about buying it since May or might have forgotten that they preordered them from these stores. Either way the store may be obligated to hold them for those who have paid for, or reserved with a deposit specifically a Day One edition Xbox One. Please just take tome time to think through why those might be there before spreading FUD.

Oh and you could just pick up a phone and call them to ask before posting. Do some legwork to verify please.

But did they lie though? Dualshockers are corroborate what's been making it's way around the Internet. That there are plenty of Xbox's still on the shelves in Europe, Australia and now even America. And that the console is indeed not sold out.

Ok, I took your advice, and I called the Times Square Toy's r Us, and they do have them in stock - Rep, "we have enough in stock."

Maybe Toy's r Us didn't sell their stock considering the Eastern launch of XB1 was in New York Times Square, and everyone was there rather than Toy's r Us. MS might have sold 1 million, but not from Toy's r Us. Then again, that store is the last thing in my mind to visit or purchase for consoles.

Good thing about it, if PS4 is sold out, and there are still stock of XB1 out there, that means people may opt for the XB1 for the holidays. Dual edge sword!

RommelS said,
Ok, I took your advice, and I called the Times Square Toy's r Us, and they do have them in stock - Rep, "we have enough in stock."

That's my point. The lack of thoroughness in just checking the facts on some of these sites astounds me. Thanks for actually doing the research. +1 to you.

It still doesn't mean they didn't sell 1 million + Xbox Ones. We don't know how many they produced. It just means that there are some store with stock left. I went to Wall mart, Target, and Best Buy in NJ just outside of NY and they were all sold out. We don't know what their stock level was or how many have been produced. Only MS knows that information. For now, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, but I'll accept that not all stores are sold out of Xbox Ones.

And someone claims they called and you blindly believe them? Please, post the audio recording and list the time and number and who you talked it. If I say I called up Bill Gates and got sales numbers would you believe me?

This is a bigger store than most, but stores had a couple consoles each. Wasn't there an story here where it was reported there was 4 at the author's store? While I would expect the Times Square store to have more, to have 100s sitting on shelves like this days later makes it sound a little fishy. In a city like NY with millions of people, they could easily sell through a couple hundred. I wouldn't be surprised if this picture was taken the day before release with the boxes on display but not reachable.

Also, I remember going to a TrU during Christmas after the release and there were many 360 boxes sitting on shelves but they were empty. I got excited when I thought I found some, but they were display boxes. Are they sure this is not what these boxes are?

WhatTheSchmidt said,
This is a bigger store than most, but stores had a couple consoles each. Wasn't there an story here where it was reported there was 4 at the author's store? While I would expect the Times Square store to have more, to have 100s sitting on shelves like this days later makes it sound a little fishy. In a city like NY with millions of people, they could easily sell through a couple hundred. I wouldn't be surprised if this picture was taken the day before release with the boxes on display but not reachable.

Also, I remember going to a TrU during Christmas after the release and there were many 360 boxes sitting on shelves but they were empty. I got excited when I thought I found some, but they were display boxes. Are they sure this is not what these boxes are?

Well it says in the original article that the BB got 1500 consoles, so I'd imagine they'd have some left.

Spicoli said,
And someone claims they called and you blindly believe them? Please, post the audio recording and list the time and number and who you talked it. If I say I called up Bill Gates and got sales numbers would you believe me?

The store phone number is published in the site directory, good luck finding BG one......

Spicoli said,
And someone claims they called and you blindly believe them? Please, post the audio recording and list the time and number and who you talked it. If I say I called up Bill Gates and got sales numbers would you believe me?

If I provided you the number of the store, would you believe me? Considering the store number can be found online. If I provided you with the name of the rep, would you believe me? If I have a recording, you could easily say that is fake.

However, I do know what I did, and that was I decided to call the store because I was curious about it. You know, now these days, if you have a cell phone, nope wait a minute, a smartphone, you can call long distance, and ask a store if they have a produce in stock. Now that I made the call, I decided to provide the information that was presented to me. Too bad, I just couldn't fly to my old stumping ground (Tri-state area, and yes, that is including NYC), take picture of myself and the hundreds of Xbox Ones to provide proof. Pft!

spenser.d said,

Well it says in the original article that the BB got 1500 consoles, so I'd imagine they'd have some left.

NYC has over 8.3 million people. If a TrU out in the middle of nowhere got a stack of 1500 consoles, I could believe that there would be many left over. But when a TrU in one of the biggest cities in the world gets 1500, they could sell out of those in seconds.

Also, the title of this article claims there are "lots" of consoles left. But they do not define what "lots" means, they do not give an exact count, and purposely leave that out in the usual flame bait way that only Neowin can do.