E3 2014: $399 Xbox Ones "Flying Off The Shelves" at GameStop

GameStop executive Bob Puzon says the new $399 model is a "huge win and a huge opportunity."

The $399 Xbox One went on sale yesterday at retailers worldwide, and GameStop is already seeing a boost in business as a result, according to senior vice president of merchandising Bob Puzon.

"They went on sale in GameStop yesterday; these things started to fly off the shelves," Puzon told GameSpot at E3 today in Los Angeles. "It's a huge win and a huge opportunity for us."

Though the $399 Xbox One may be the hot new item, Puzon pointed out that the $499 standard Xbox One is still "very vibrant" for GameStop.

The $399 Xbox One does not come with Kinect, but Microsoft will begin selling standalone cameras for the console later this year. Puzon said, "that'll be interesting to see how many of those folks come back and buy the Kinect."

Microsoft sold 3 million consoles in the two months following the system's release at the end of 2013. However, the company has not announced a new sales update so far in 2014, only saying the system has shipped, not sold, 5 million units to date.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

466 comments
steelmouth
steelmouth

but is the flying enough to close the 3mil gap?

isane-bishop
isane-bishop

This is good! Come September! I hope Xbox One will sell out each month! It is a great gaming console!

WitIsWisdom
WitIsWisdom

What are they going to say?  That they aren't selling any better?  90% of the media talking about sales has a hand in the honey pot at some point in the chain.....


Trying to generate false hype to spike sales is hilarious.  Sure... there will be a spike of sales just like any other price drop.  Amazon numbers don't lie.... staying in the 40's shows that if there was a sales spike (which usually is largest in the first two weeks) that it wasn't by much...


Sure it has only been a couple days... however, that should have boosted numbers to the top 10.  Sitting in the 40's proves that MS is just trying to buy publicity again.


I could be wrong... however, most people that REALLY wanted an X1 already had one, and with PS4 having great publicity and no backpeddling (not to mention stronger hardware at the same price point) the incentives of buying an X1 are really no higher than they were before, especially because they removed the Kinect to be able to drop the price point.


You want to see a real spike in sales?  Drop the price another $50.

Mommas_b_o_y
Mommas_b_o_y

flying off the shelves at gamespot, but no one is buying on amazon. sounds fishy. 

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

typical pownies they are mad because the sony conference was terrible

lithus
lithus

Not exactly a big surprise. Everyone has demanded this from the beginning. But I'm sure this is great news for the other fanboys who jump on the Anti-MS bandwagon. (Total sarcasm, fanboy haters can x-it)

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Well this will certainly make the competition between Sony and Microsoft much more interesting. Gotta admit, it's got me a little nervous.

minecraftgreek
minecraftgreek

Very Vibrant sales of the $499 unit means that E3 has sold more people in general to get an Xbox One.


The fact the $399 unit is flying off shelves isn't surprising.  The announcement of a $399 unit pretty much halted sales in their tracks for people waiting for June 9th.

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

Lol I went to gamespot today, there so many Xbox 3$ on the shelf it wasn't funny, this is a gamespot/gamestop hyping method and it's an Epic FAIL!

Dcyple3000
Dcyple3000

Yea MS showed games from last year and only 3 "new" games, 2 we knew of, and 1 that did look cool. Sony showed New IP's like crazy, new 1st party games, 1st ever gameplay, reveals. blockbuster original content like MS has, and a solution for Backwards Compatibility. if you compare all conferences Sony had the most content and surprises. only Xbots claim MS won. I'm not saying it wasn't good I'm just saying it wasn't better than Sony's, Nintendo's, or Ubisofts

Foppe
Foppe

Perhaps it's about time to release it in the second half of Europe?

BenjaminBanklin
BenjaminBanklin

Yeah right. I'm looking at Amazon's best sellers right now. Regular Xbox One is at 41 and Titanfall Xbox is at 54. While Destiny PS4 is at 4 and regular PS4 is at 7. Quit lying, Gamestop! Xbox is about have the same old bummy months it's been having. HAHAHA! 

mr_nee
mr_nee

Yes, yes. Titanfall incresed bone's sales like million times, but when sales figures came out -- that statement turned out to be "slightly" exaggerated

kahnseal
kahnseal

damn you sony fans are upset. stop hating, you got your uncharted 4 treat now go to sleeeeeeeeeeep.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

This doesn't bother me in the slightest.  I still play my Xbox One primarily for the awesome games, which it already has, and by the looks of things will continue to be the case.  Can't WAIT for my Halo MC Collection.  Seriously wonderful idea 343!  :D  Also can't wait for Quantum Break!  Woo!

roberttheman
roberttheman

Just just bought the Xbox One a few weeks ago with the connect for 399

oflow
oflow

I got mine. Based on Sony's presentation theres no reason to buy a PS4 til 2015 so I'll probably buy a WiiU on sale somewhere and play some good ole misognystic Bayonetta 2.

alaannn
alaannn

just back orders since the kinsctless x1 was annonced sort of like a mini launch would of been suprising if it didnt spike

kimjong-un
kimjong-un

No worries NSA spying on me now. Thank you Microsoft - Kim

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@WitIsWisdom If they weren't selling any better, I'm sure they would say "They're not selling any better". Why would they need to lie? Or they would just not comment on Xbox one sales and talk about something else. You say there is no incentive to buy an X1? they just dropped the price 100$, and it's the only place to play games like Halo, Gears of War, Sunset Overdrive, Quantum Break, Titanfall, Phantom Dust. People with money and who have an interest in those games, and there are millions, that will be incentive enough, with the 100$ price drop. And let's not forget in September, Xbox One will be released in 26 MORE countries that Sony is already released in. So X1 will see a large spike, while sony will remain the same.
 

hina_ken
hina_ken

@WitIsWisdom Seriously?!?  


There are plenty (more than I can count at least) of articles saying they aren't selling, or selling as well.  So that kills your first point.


False hype is "greatness awaits", perfect example.  You want great games?  Now wait for them.


There are over 100 million people who haven't taken the plunge into next gen yet, so saying "most people that really wanted an X1 already had one" is so far off base it isn't even funny!


Yes, the PS4 has great publicity, and is a little more powerful, but this E3 has proven that the incentives to buy an Xbox One are not only very high, but much greater than any other system out there.


But, that is all in an opinion.  

If you prefer games that are slightly, barely noticeably better, and want to wait until next year for some exclusive games, than the PS4 is for you.


If you want some fresh new IPs, extra functionality, all the same cross plat games, tons of exclusive content first, and you want it without a years wait, than the X1 is for you.

hina_ken
hina_ken

@gunnmetal Of course it was terrible, we knew it would be!


Of course they are mad, we knew they would be!


I would be too if I hadn't switched from PS4 to X1, gladd I did when I did!

Vodoo
Vodoo

First off, they don't keep consoles out on the shelf, they're in the back room. They keep like 1 unit out for people to see. So you are a lying putz just for saying that.

lithus
lithus

You are such a lying putz.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@Dcyple3000 lol sony didnt show anything impressive. bunch of indie games that are timed exclusives.

minecraftgreek
minecraftgreek

@BenjaminBanklin Why would I buy it at Amazon, when gamestop has them in stock and is right down the street.  Amazon numbers only tell you what the stats are for people buying consoles from Amazon.   Gamestop isn't Amazon, so the comparison doesn't make them a liar.  Use some logic.

hina_ken
hina_ken

@kahnseal If you call a short video a treat, then they are easy to impress.  So lets wait a year and see how it is coming then.

TabularBeast
TabularBeast

@kimjong-un Do you people still feel this is a funny joke? It's old and so overused, it was never funny in the first place.

Dcyple3000
Dcyple3000

@gunnmetal LBP3 is pretty big instant GOTY candidate, BloodBourne come on a souls game with a shotgun you have to be crazy no to like that. and No Man's Sky on PS4 first is a big thing cause the first people there will get the credit for finding it and if we all share this universe being 1st makes a big deal. but i bet PC and PS4 will be on a different server and X1 will have its own, which is stupid. by what your saying its ok for Xbox to have timed exclusives but not Sony cause that was the only thing MS mad apparent throughout the whole show

BenjaminBanklin
BenjaminBanklin

@minecraftgreek @BenjaminBanklin That doesn't make any sense. Why would people buy tons of PS4s from Amazon, and few Xboxes? So you're saying people rather buy PS4s from Amazon and Xboxes from Gamestop? That's weird. Amazon is still the biggest online retailer and a good indicator of what the market is like. There's even anecdotal reports from Gamestop employees that the Xbox Ones are doing the same business as before. That's logic working for you.

theprismhead
theprismhead

@TabularBeast @kimjong-un Excatly. Privacy is a serious thing. I just hope they don't start installing spying devices into everything now that kinect was a success (partially).

hina_ken
hina_ken

@Dcyple3000  That was the only interesting part of Sony's show was No Man's Sky.


But no worries, as I could care less about first, and it will be on X1 soon.  Plenty of things to occupy until then.

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@BenjaminBanklin What he's saying is you have NO idea how many xbox one's Gamestop is selling. Gamestop is NOT Amazon. And like he said, why would he purchase something then wait 3 days for it to get there when he can go down the street and get it right then. The reason PS4's are so high on Amazon is because people don't care to get them right away since Sony has 0 games to play. So they are not in any hurry to get there PS4's. Xbox One's have tons of games to play so people would rather pick them up right then and there. And Pony's are a bunch of 14 years old who don't have their driver's licenses yet so they have to get things mailed to them.

vassago_
vassago_

@theprismhead @TabularBeast @kimjong-un Seriously? Do you have a cellphone? Facebook? Twitter? Email? You're ALREADY being spied on by the NSA. They're not getting realtime streams from Kinect cameras, you goofs.

TabularBeast
TabularBeast

@Tiger_Ali Nah, I don't need to lighten up. I'm sorry I don't see the appeal in an overused, unfunny joke. That horse has long been beaten dead as well as every other Microsoft/Xbox joke.