Supposedly in short supply

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.