Xbox One shipping forecast lowered due to poor component yield, claims Chinese paper

Wednesday, 28th August 2013 09:35 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft is claimed to have lowered its Xbox One shipping forecast for 2013 due to poor yield rates on several of the console’s components.

Digitimes reports that Chinese paper Economic Daily News has cited market watchers who claim Xbox One’s shipping forecast has dropped from 7 million units to 6.2 million.

It is claimed that poor yield rates are to blame. The Xbox One’s device’s camera module, optical disc drive and assembly are cited as key issues in the lowered forecast.

We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment, so treat this as rumour for now.

Thanks Loci.



  1. monkeygourmet

    I hear Cadbury is bringing out an Oriental Chocolate bar…

    It’s going to be called a ‘Chinese Wispa’…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. OmegaSlayer


    #2 1 year ago
  3. VibraniumSpork


    (Or, more aptly: )

    #3 1 year ago
  4. dsr

    Yeah, reach, go ahead, MS will deny that and keep telling us about “localization” issues.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. VibraniumSpork

    Just to clarify though, “poor yield rates are to blame,” means that they’re just taking longer to produce than expected rather than indicating any quality control issues with the unit themselves, yes?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. pukem0n

    who the hell cares?

    anyone interested will get it by launch anyway ^^

    #6 1 year ago
  7. godzillaisdead

    This doesn’t bode well for the quality of them. I can see some disc tray faults at launch

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Djoenz

    You sound paranoid and naive man. It’ll be all goooood.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. monkeygourmet


    Ha! :D

    Shit, am I going to get banned now?! O_o

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Lloytron

    @5 low yield rates means that many components are failing testing during manufacturing. This could either mean that they are either slightly prone to fail, or that they have increased their quality measurements to prevent in market failiures.

    @7, you can’t conclude that as you don’t know what their quality criteria is.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. orakaa

    Seriously, I can’t see why people pre-order the next consoles (I’m talking about all of them) as
    1- there are very little interesting launch games
    2- we don’t know, for now, if there will be high failure rates or not (and I definitely don’t trust Microsoft on that one after both my original Xbox and 360s that failed me)

    @12: edit – My mistake

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Djoenz

    TBH I was slightly sarcastic -__-

    #12 1 year ago
  13. VibraniumSpork

    @9 Nah. You’d have to declare an all out Jihad on ps3fanboy or some such to get banned around here I’d imagine. ^_^

    @10 Thanks for the intel Lloytron!

    #13 1 year ago
  14. VibraniumSpork

    @11 It’s the beginning of the end of the console generation man…I just wanna be there for the last hurrah before gaming’s overrun with disc-tray-free streaming boxes and mind-bendingly powerful phablets ;)

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Joe Musashi

    No. This cannot be accurate. It’s a localisation issue.


    #15 1 year ago

    LOL, Xbox None!

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Klaxusprime

    Claims already dismissed by Microsoft and other sources…

    #17 1 year ago
  18. DrDamn

    Further to @10 when manufacturing chips they don’t expect every one to work. They do have a target of what percentage should pass the testing though and that is what the yield is. A wafer will produce X chips and Y of those should work. So yield = Y/X. If there is a low yield then Y is lower than expected. That doesn’t necessarily imply the ones which do pass are more prone to failure, they did pass after all, just that they got fewer than expected from the wafer. It does mean that they have fewer chips to make machines from and potentially it’s more expensive for them to male (depends on the manufacturing deal).

    #18 1 year ago

    @17 Of course they’re going to dismiss these claims, their hardly going to admit this to us and the media and make them selves look even more incompetent . :P

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Djoenz

    Its not being dismissed by Microsoft according to that article.

    /In response, Microsoft said it has not released any figures about shipment goals or pre-order, and therefore it cannot comment on such claims./

    Xbox One suppliers on the other hand:

    Lite-On IT, reportedly the supplier of Xbox One’s Blu-ray disc drive, said it does not comment on individual clients or orders, but maintained that it remains optimistic about its gaming business. If there is any adjustment to orders, the company said it will fully cooperate with its clients.

    Sources with the optical disc drive (ODD) industry pointed out that the Blu-ray disc drive is already a mature product and though gaming ODDs need to have better stability and performance compared to PC-used ones, the yield rate should not be a big issue.

    Camera module supplier Newmax issued a statement to dismiss the low-yield claim. It said its rders remain normal and its current yield rates are in line with its original planning. The company did not say whether Microsoft is its client in the statement.

    Some market watchers noted that Nexmax is the camera module supplier of the new Kinect and the orders are expected to boost the company’s performance significantly in the second half of 2013.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. The_Red

    So the GAF rumor about yield problems was true? Another CBOAT win.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. 44m

    @17 is actually right. This rumor was denied by Albert Penello last night.,2817,2423677,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Djoenz
    The one who supplied it denied it.
    Penello is denying it. It must be a false report then. Where do they get these lame sources from pff.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. darthroseman

    Regardless, their launch consoles always have issues, this cannot be denied.

    #24 1 year ago

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