Analyst says 360 supply problems easing

Supply expected to meet demand in late March; projects 10-12 million 360s shipped by end of 2006.

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In a research note to investors this week, American Technology Research analyst PJ McNealy indicates that the Xbox 360 shortage that has dogged the platform since its North American launch last November is almost over.

"We surveyed 125 retailers late last week, and 21 percent had at least one Xbox 360 Core ($299 version) console in stock," McNealy wrote. "Most also reported receiving shipments last week and are now seeing a relatively steady flow after stock-outs abounded for most of December and January."

ATR found that 26 stores had Xbox 360s to sell, but 21 of those only had Core units, and most had only one to three units in stock. Of the 125 retailers, McNealy suggested only two had "decent inventory," with one store having 10 Premium units, and another having seven Premium and six Core.

"We heard commentary from several retailers that is consistent with what we have heard from industry contacts over the past six weeks: Inventory is expected to flow better in late February, and by late March inventory levels should be consistently filled," McNealy wrote.

As a result of the finding, McNealy said ATR's Xbox 360 estimates remain unchanged, expecting nearly 6 million units to ship by the end of June, and 10-12 million by the end of the year.

Discussion

170 comments
jkmetalf
jkmetalf

Yeah, whatever they say. Here in central N.J, I have found one core system and no one knows anything about when their getting anything. Wonderful. Good news though, I saw that gamestop is going to be selling bundles again starting the 17th, so I guess that means lots of 360s will be coming in within the next few weeks.

dillon_o4
dillon_o4

damn M$ hurray up i want one!!!

roonagraphics
roonagraphics

about damn time they start getting sense and supply for the consumers isnt it bad enough that it cost to much for my budget?

gamer_punk5
gamer_punk5

YES they are on shelves now... So now all we need is for Halo 3 and possibly WoW to come out for it and I can live in front of my TV again.

xDiesel9x
xDiesel9x

That's good b/c I know many that want one! I LOVE mine!!! It is the bomb!! The PS3 WILL HAVE THE SAME DELAYS!! Also it will be way too expensive plus will have to catch up to the 360 in the game category!! 360 is the BEST!!!

BugCatchingNet
BugCatchingNet

It is now mid March...and I still can't find a premium anywhere in Philadelphia...and I already have a game, a controller, the wireless adapter, and the plug and play...ugh...

daveg1
daveg1

good news now people can hold of a 360!

GaaraZanta
GaaraZanta

That's good, I guess. I'm not getting a Xbox360 until I see the Revolution and PS3, then I will decide.

ultimate_zero
ultimate_zero

Thrallia... PS3 will cost $400 the same amount the 360 costs right now, thats not expensive, plus how would you know its expensive, they didn't even announce the price yet. Anyways thats good news.

thekey
thekey

M$ needs to STOP making and shipping core systems! NO body wants core systems, they want the premium ones. Bring the premiums.

Dune571
Dune571

I guess the stores they surveyed arent in oregon.

sharpshooter188
sharpshooter188

too bad mine is still broken. i still have to ship the stupid thing. im not paying 40$ for a damn new vga cable.

Agreb91
Agreb91

That's good to know More 360s are getting out there and more poeple can get them

quietguy
quietguy

After numerous roundings and realist predictions. Best bet at 4-7 miilion shipped. Will need more cuz first batch WILL be gobbled up

jsloane
jsloane

yeah...finally got mine at the local best buy last week wish i had money for more games though... this is gonna be a great month for 360 games. GRAW, Oblivion, The Outfit and Fight Night 3 (If I liked boxing anyway)

ewmgreendawg
ewmgreendawg

this is true. the local circuit city finally started putting xbox 360's in their weekly add when they recieved a recent shipment. i got mine on sunday!!! yayyy!

claymanhb
claymanhb

LOL-I know why all the PS3 fanboys are posting here...because they have nothing to do! Their little console won't be released until ??/??/????. I have a 360 because I didn't feel like waiting for the PS3, and I'm 100% satisfied. Can't wait for Far Cry: Predator. But will probably buy a PS3 when it comes out, since my PS2 POS is broken and i want to play all my old games. BTW-Fight Night 3 is best game ever! I got my console on thursday. Try calling all the best buys in socal. I did that once a day for a 3 days and finally they had some. :)

bdolan72a
bdolan72a

Still can't find one in socal...

HaloGod111
HaloGod111

Its about time, I cant wait to get my hands on it and play fight night round 3

kaito2
kaito2

I'm looking forward to getting an Xbox360, but I will probably wait until a few more games come out. I just recently updated my PC to tide me over until I can get a 360. By the way, as a long time PC gamer turned console player, I disagree that you are "denying" yourself something by not playing games on a PC. Doom 3 was a great tech-demo to justify why you paid all that money for your new graphics card, but was fun for only about the first hour or so. At least the Xbox version allowed co-op play. CS Source just isn't fun. And, it was nice to play Call of Duty 2 in high res, but I miss the excellent 5.1 sound from the 360 version. Sometimes I think PC games are more about showing of the latest graphical effects at the expensive of gameplay. Don't get me wrong, the PC has some great, exclusive games, but in the end the games aren't anymore consistent in quality than most consoles.

snaretrap745
snaretrap745

wow. if the 360 has so much hold up, i wonder if i will ever be able to purchase the ps3 without having to preorder it.....

Metamorphos1s
Metamorphos1s

PDZ is overated. Dont get xbox 360 for this game. Get it for something like Ghost Recon Advance War Fighter or Fight Night, Halo 3, Splinter Cell Double Agent, Geometry wars =P, Oblivion...

Frost451
Frost451

Mine has been sitting on my desk not even plugged in for the last few weeks. I dropped a little cash on some new PC parts and now all my old games run like 10 times faster. If you ask me the 360 is over rated and if you dont have a HDTV dont even bother. I was playing counter strike source the other day and thinking how much more fun that is then any multiplayer game that I have played on the 360. Dont get me wrong PG3 was very fun at first, but after you get bumped off the track a few times you see what I mean. Yes, the PC will cost you more then a 360 but the gaming experience on the PC is still way better then any console. Upgrade your video card, upgrade your processor, or upgrade your ram. You might be supprised how much better some of your games will play. If you dont have a PC then might not know what you have been missing out on. Here are some great PC games that are far and way better then anything on the 360. GTR GT legends IL2/ace Counter strike source Call of duty 2/multiplayer Day of defeat Doom 3 Dawn of War Lock on Half life 2 Dont cheat yourself out of some of the best gaming that has ever hit the PC.

rbunnell
rbunnell

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mrgio69
mrgio69

well from what i been told by a buddy of mine whos is a manager at a certain game store is that microsoft is intentionally holding back and actually telling stores to say they are sold out just too cause public demand

HaloMC90
HaloMC90

for the people who dont have one, i wouldnt even bother getting one anytime soon untill they get some more games out cause it is really old now... i have beat all the games i got and all it has been is a $500 dvd player for the past month.

zeldarob88
zeldarob88

bored88 Finally. I'm still not going to buy one though. Hopefully the PS3 won't have as many shortages ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ps3 wont have as many shortages if its $900 cuz not too many people will buy it for that much

HeyzeusNYC
HeyzeusNYC

Don't get me Wrong I was Playstaion Fan boy back in the day.. Until Xbox came out... The only reason why PS is doing soo good its cuz its been out longer with more games.. But 1 Thing Sony Doesn't have good that Xbox has is XBOX LIVE.. Ever since then I've seen the light And realized wow First American Made system Very Successful.. YES!.. I got my 360 on luanch been loving it since then but they need more games ....But March is the month for the Xbox360 Yes indeed. I'm still gettin the PS3 But I dk about paying soo much money thats kind of a rip off... This reminds me When Sony PS1 came out charging 400 bucks for it... Well w/e All I can say is that I'll be happy now my friends can get a xbox360 now Tired of playing with strangers and having 6 of my buddies playing.

Toyeboy
Toyeboy

My local Ebgames said they won't get any till April, but Best Buy gets them every week.

spartan_104
spartan_104

If the 360 had better games to play, I might care.

thekey
thekey

The 360 will make it. It's doing really well sony fan-boys can't stand it because M$ has been delivering on there promises, the 360 is a great system, under rated. People hate and comprehend that by this next-gen console's end 360 will be number one in the end. Games Games games, the PS3 Is going to be lame. I don't think it's going to do all that, but only time will tell. In the mean time I'm going to be in the next-gen zone while you PS3 fanboys sit at home waiting for sony to tell them when the next gen area starts. The 360 is climbing the charts and sony knows this there acting like they don't 100 million the PS3 won't sell that many, this time. Yeah 360 is in the house!!!!

cmontyx49
cmontyx49

Some facts that Everyone should shut up and Accept: Fanboys Suck (Both sides) We don't know anything useful about the PS3 other than it will probably be expensive A gamer posting that MS sux because of the launch foul up, is just that, and not an actual expert on ANYTHING A XBOX 360 sitting on a shelf does not mean they aren't selling, just leveling out in sales, or growing in supply Nobody has won the next gen console war yet, It is more like an Arms Race right now.

blacknation
blacknation

ps3 late late late....... i want the 360 now.... i dont have nothing against sony but the system never come out until 2007.

rwgober92
rwgober92

about friekin time... ive been waiting for mine since feb. and still havent gotten it yet... if i dont get mine by the time oblivion comes out im gonna do somethin i never do.... cry

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

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VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Well, one thing seems to always manage to occur. You have your haters and Sony-Nintendo fanny boys here that just love to do their little bit of nay saying.... With the other 90% of US gamers that actually wants an affordable next gen console, that do not arbitrarily restrict themselves from buying something just because they "hate" a company (for reasons they cannot verbalize, because they do not know why), and for those that actually like to support the only US company in the console wars, then this is good news.

ssj5_nick
ssj5_nick

I got my tax return and I finally had enough to buy it and a game! I didn't actually expect there to be one, but there it was. The $400 dollar version was just sitting there at Shopko. I couldn't believe it. I thought maybe it was for demonstration purposes, so I was barely able to control myself when the sales associate told me I could buy it!

acesion
acesion

Man cant wait to get a 360 me and about 18 of my friends have been waiting since launch to get one. I mean i dont know anyone who has a 360 yet i know alot of people who want one ive never seen this for any system like ps2 came out 5 people got one then when org xbox came out I was the only one. I cant realistically see a steady flow of consels by march since every body i know wants one and doesnt have one and weve been going to best buy on shiping days and there is still a line of people waiting.

Brain-Dead360
Brain-Dead360

It'll be nice when some of my friends get 360's so we can start having weekly LAN partys with COD2!!!!

dodgyd55
dodgyd55

lol good 1 mastertony88 it should be master cards nu add for buying the 360. but i think sony would try and stop it (to try and stop YET more humiliation) and i hope-that, that post soulknight63133 wasn't directed towards me. I LOVE my 360

mastertony88
mastertony88

Xbox 360 costs $400.... Xbox 360 games costs $60.... Xbox 360 killing Sony PS3.... priceless

xboxruler007
xboxruler007

Well that's pretty cool, I've been waiting for one since it came out....

oatimus
oatimus

that never affected best buy... they get shipments every 7 to 10 business days with about 20 premium and 10 core units each time

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

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dodgyd55
dodgyd55

for microsoft being an american company they seem to be shafting you on this in favour for places like japan.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1what going on bill!?!?!?!?