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Analyst: There'll Be More Xbox Ones Available at Launch Than PS4

Posted by Sammy Barker

Oh, really?

While it’s widely rumoured that Microsoft may be having some manufacturing issues with the Xbox One, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian stated in a recent investor’s note that he believes that the Redmond-based manufacturer’s system will be readily available this Christmas. In fact, the financial forecaster stressed that the North American firm may have up to two to three times more launch units available than the PlayStation 4.

“Despite losing the headline battle at E3, the Xbox One appears to be regaining some momentum, in part due to the used and online policy tweaks,” he wrote. “Importantly, our supply chain checks suggest that Microsoft may have the benefit of a two to three times unit advantage at launch compared to the PS4.”

The comments don’t necessarily tally with the rumours that we’ve been hearing at retail. Despite recently ceasing pre-orders, Sony’s supposedly guaranteed a much greater number of systems to GameStop than Microsoft thus far. It may be that the Xbox maker’s merely being cautious while it tightens up its production pipeline, but seeing as a company executive recently noted that it halted pre-orders due to “high demand”, we’re not buying Sebastian’s comments at all.


User Comments (16)



rastamadeus said:

These analysts know absolutely nothing though. Look at Patcher for example. They somehow make a living out of making ridiculous statements. Here's on for you, "analyst" Paul Thomas thinks Fumito Ueda will have toast for breakfast one day.



rastamadeus said:

@get2sammyb He strikes me as a man who would have a couple of slices, each with a different topping. Or, if he wants to go crazy, have some Coco Rocks.



ViciousDS said:

Yes, more units maybe in just the US.....but Sony will be both ahead in EU and USA total because the started production almost 2 months ago.......and Foxconn is insanely fast at making products over 1 million units easily a month at that facility. Foxconn also makes ipad's and iphones. Remember PS3 was short because of the Cell, we are now using EASILY obtainable 3rd party components in the PS4.....easily going to be the most available console of sony's launch. I'm an analyst because I analyze things........including how many ants my die at my trap a year, how much money i need to spend on food......XD

I'm going to say 10 million units for PS4 at launch for EU and USA.....sounds about right.

That analyst isn't lying though..........X1's will be everywhere with no one wanting technically for the free crowd there will be plenty available XD



ObviouslyAdachi said:

I doesn't matter if they have more. They still won't sell as we'll as the PS4. I don't know anyone who wants an Xbox One. I'll bet that most of those Xbox One's will sit on the shelves and, if anything, the Xbox 360 will see a small surge in sales.



rjejr said:

If MS was able to have 2 to 3 times more units ready at launch, doesn't that mean they would already have enough units ready to go that they could be on store shelves already? Or at least a lot earlier than Sony, say Sept?

How many millions of units do you need to have sitting in a warehouse ready to go before you start selling them? 3m, 5m, 10m?



InsertNameHere said:

“Importantly, our supply chain checks suggest that Microsoft may have the benefit of a two to three times unit advantage at launch compared to the PS4.”

I highly doubt that they would have that many units. They're flip flopping way too hard to be doing even half that well, so I don't understand why this guy is writing checks that Microsoft can't cash.



get2sammyb said:

@rjejr You'd think so, wouldn't you? You'd also think that they'd have kept pre-orders open, and would be offering bigger allocations to retailers — especially if the demand is so high. I don't buy this report at all. Microsoft may manufacture more systems than Sony - but I doubt it's going to be as big of a number as is being claimed here.



Zombie_Barioth said:

Just because you have more units doesn't mean your product will sell better. The only adavntage I could see is people who don't care what console they get and just pick whatever is left, but how many are willing to shell out an extra $100 on the spot to do so?



AaronYeager said:

This is just another one of microsoft's tactics to try and save face. It was humiliating for PS4 to be all sold out at just about all major retailers and Xbox One dragging far behind even getting surpassed by the Ouya at one point. Numerous sources throughout the internet all pointed out that the PS4 was outselling Xbox one. Even Gamestop and Amazon made it officially known. Now all of a sudden Microsoft wants to say they are stopping pre orders due to high demand, the exact same words out of Sony's mouth weeks ago.

I'm not trying to sound like a hater and I don't think it's so much the Xbox One I dislike, as it is Microsoft themselves. Everything they do seems desperate and it always feels like they're trying to copy Sony: PS4 doesn't have all them ridiculous policies, Xbox does a 180. PS4 has a feature where you can download 15 minutes of gameplay and share it with the push of a button, suddenly out of no where Xbox 1 can record your last 5 minutes, Microsoft takes away the family share feature then finds out the PS4 has it, now all of a sudden they want to bring it back. Sony says they are stopping preorders due to high demand, weeks later Microsoft says the same thing. It's no wonder Sony is slow to put out details of PS4, because Microsoft will just rip it and claim it as their own.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@ajaychitown Yeah, Microsoft seems totally lost. Somehow I picture a blindfolded man, stumbling through a wood and trying to hit some tasty Piñatas (which represent Sonys desirable PS4 features) while mostly avoiding to crash into the trees.

I loved my 360, but nowadays, MS just seem to have totally lost contact with the reality and wishes of their consumers.



AaronYeager said:

@Reverend_Skeeve As much as I didn't like Xbox One's original policies, I would have accepted and respected them a lot more if they would have just stuck to their guns. The most annoying part of it all is till this very day they still never gave the reason behind those policies. For a company that always talks about vision, they never shared with us the consumers what their vision was. Even though I'm a PlayStation fan I'm not a fanboy and was very open to trying out Microsoft's new console. I watched their whole press conference anxious to learn more about their console. Ultimetly what turned me off above all else was their own communication and lack of integrity. For a company as large as Microsoft to do a 180 ( and they are still doing 180's ) this close to the launch of their product to make their console more like PS4 is not a good sign at all.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@ajaychitown Agreed. I didn't like the original policies a bit and the always connected Kinect is a deal breaker for me anyway, but it really seems like MS is just struggling in the dark, with no clear vision. It's almost as if the roles are reversed. This gen, MS did a good job I think, console wise and concerning communication, whereas Sony had some communication problems at the start of PS3 and around the PSN hack.

Now, Sony seems to have found back its stride. I was very happy with my 360, but until MS doesn't sort out this...thing (and gets rid of the always on Kinect requirement) I won't even consider an Xbox 180.

I have absolutely no problem to skip MS, though. Loved my 360, but also loved my PS1 and PS2 and never had the first Xbox, so...

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