Nelson: Microsoft “ran out” of consoles over Christmas

Thursday, 13th January 2011 10:07 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Major Nelson last night claimed on Twitter (via GI) that Microsoft sold out of Xbox 360 in the US over the Christmas season.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s NPD release, Nelson said: “I found out we ran out of consoles at end of the month so don’t expect to win Dec.”

He added: “Jan/Feb supply is tight as well. Likely amazing YOY growth numbers for Xbox.”

Analysts are predicting large sales for 360 over PS3, with both EEDAR and Michael Pachter pointing to the Microsoft console coming close to Wii sales for December.

Kinect launched last November globally, and was pushed hard on a marketing level in the US. Microsoft said at CES earlier this month that the motion sensor had shipped 8 million units within 60 days of launching.

We’ll bring you the NPD data as soon as it’s released this evening.



  1. Blerk

    Ah, the old “we ran out!” chestnut. Honest, guv. :-D

    #1 4 years ago
  2. unacomn

    That reminds me. I’ve run out of my new book that has yet to be published. It’s flying of the shelves. Reserve yours today.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

    First the mii/avater, then the motion sensor & now the ever popular “hold back supply to generate more demand marketing ploy… I swear the next Halo game will have Master Chief as a fat Italian plumber Which would be kinda cool :D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. earlyrock

    I ran out of milk myself. Had to pop out to Budgens. Pain in the ass.

    #4 4 years ago

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