Game: Xbox One launch will "easily surpass" that of Xbox 360

Early sales data looks positive, says UK retailer, while Microsoft warns of stock shortages in the run-up to Christmas.

Following the launch of the Xbox One in the UK, retailer Game has said that the Xbox One will "easily surpass" the sales of the Xbox 360 based off early sales data.

Game held midnight openings for the console in over 300 of its stores, and chief digital officer Ian Chambers described the launch as "incredible."

"You could almost taste the excitement," he said. "Gamers had been waiting for Xbox One for over eight years, and we saw a massive turnout at the midnight openings at more than 300 GAME stores across the UK."

"We've seen record preorder numbers for the new generation consoles, and looking at the initial response, it's clear that sales will easily surpass that delivered at the Xbox 360 launch."

"The first of the new generation consoles has set the bar high," concluded Chambers.

Meanwhile, Microsoft executive Phil Harrison said that Xbox One stock could disappear in the run-up to Christmas. "There will be difficulty getting stock through until Christmas," he said in an interview with MCV, "but we will do everything we can to accelerate that. And then from a software point of view on our services, that are constantly upgrading, we will continue to innovate there. From a games and product point of view, we have a very strong lineup for the year ahead. So this is really just one day in the calendar and then tomorrow it is back to work. We have some big games to bring to market in the first quarter and beyond."

Sony will launch the PlayStation 4 across Europe next Friday, November 29.

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kenluskin
kenluskin

IDC is estimating 35 million game consoles will be sold in 2014.

AMD  is providing chips for all .


At an estimated price of $100 per chip, that is over $3 Billion in revenues for AMD.

Which will make these game chips AMD's  largest business area.

Wall st does NOT understand,  and is focusing on  AMD's  PC chips,  that will only provide slightly more than $2 billion in 2014 revenues.


Over the next  5 years,  Apple , Samsung, Google, etc will  build competitive "smart"  TV boxes.

AMD has the best main  brain solution  for these TV boxes.


The smart TV box category should grow to  200 million per year in unit sales.


AMD is the best way to play the change from a dumb TV paradigm to a smart TV one.

richthequick
richthequick

loving my xbox 1 shame my broadband isnt fibre optic some of the updates in games are massive there certainly taken there time to install but hey thats life,forzas finally installed after a 6gb install the graphics are awsome

northArrow
northArrow

I'd be genuinely surprised if this is true. I don't personally know a single person excited about the Xbox One, all of my friends and coworkers are planning to switch to the PS4 next gen - when there are more games available. There's just not really anything appealing about the Xbox.

Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion

The only reason the PS4 didn't sell more than a million units is because that's all they were able to get on the shelves.  I would be willing to bet that XB1 sells everything they have on the shelves, as well.  The initial claim of victory in salves volume will most likely be determined by how many units they can get on shelves, more than anything.  Demand is clearly waaaaaay beyond supply at the moment.  It is a very exciting time for gamers.

aXeem316
aXeem316

 God be with you if u decided to buy an xbone (GREEN SCREEN OF DEATH)

thomasn7
thomasn7

Got mine yesterday and it is pretty darn awesome. COD Ghosts looks awesome on Xbox One.

garysingh34
garysingh34

So who's leaving theirs unopened till Christmas? I'm at work and my wife's phoned to say its arrived. Shall I set it up tonight?

demondogx
demondogx

Oh look its that UK game retailer company that went almost completely bankrupt trying to act like professionals

berserker66666
berserker66666

I guess later on, it'll say Xbone RROD will easily surpass that of Xbox 360

dmastor
dmastor

360 was a great system that cost MS alot of money because of system failures hope Xbox one can be great without the RROD  failures  

bluefox755
bluefox755

I certainly hope so, that's not a very high bar, lol.

cmatt28
cmatt28

Taste the excitement huh?

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

"Gamers have been waiting for the Xbox one for eight years"? Pretty sure they weren't waiting for eight years. So when the next gen launches will they say "games have been waiting for 16 years for this"?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

It does surprise me somewhat to hear about the number of UK pre-orders...  I know that traditionally the UK has been quite a strong market for the Xbox, but given the fact the TV feature hasn't even been announced yet (although it will be Sky) just seems a bit weird.  The smart TV feature is actually a pretty big deal.

Guess it must have been the free FIFA bundle?

To be honest I wish both consoles the best of luck, gaming is an industry trying to fight its doubters at the moment.  Mobile gaming, gaming and violence, soaring production costs.  They need all the positive coverage they can get.

It's a shame to see people on both sides experiencing issues with the launch consoles, but it was always going to happen.  Sad fact is social media just exaggerates things.

Enjoy your chosen platform anyway peeps :)

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I wish the X1 all the luck in the world, but until they make a kinectless sku I won't be interested in a purchase.

coaltango
coaltango

all i wanna know will it surpass the PS4 sales??

Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion

@aXeem316 Spybox One...coming online.  The NSA is waiting anxiously for all of that data and rubbing their hands together and laughing.

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

@garysingh34 You should set it up to see if it's not faulty. It will be a bit sad to realize it only on Christmas Eve.

VexxRed
VexxRed

@garysingh34 My wife got me the console but says its from "santa". Looks like i wont be rocking it out until xmas. Bummer. 

Ayebang
Ayebang

@dmastor and I hope ps 4 will not cause Sony big losses ps 3 did before.

Ps 3 nearly made Sony sink into the sea. 3 $billion loss each in the fist 2 years and cause domino to other divisions.

Sony had to cut cost of research and development on gaming division and others.

This is why psn has been so bad. Sony did not have enough fund to create it.

Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion

@cmatt28 It tastes like the B.O. of guys standing in line for hours, combined with the old nasty gum stuck to the sidewalk.  YUMMY!

alethestudent
alethestudent

@snacky_smorez I have been waiting for 8 years actually I could not afford the 360 on launch but I could afford this one. 

gamespotpanayis
gamespotpanayis

@bunchanumbers They could actually sell one without the Kinect, a controller, an HDMI cable and without the headset.  That should knock £100-£150 off the price.

People could then choose to add what they fancy in terms of peripherals and save money on the basic Xbox One at the same time.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@bunchanumbers how about just waiting till it goes down i price to buy it if you can't afford it. because it will happen the how package will get price drops just like the 360 and  ps 3 did before. don't moan about kinect kinect is just another way of controlling the system and is integrated this time round so selling xbox one wihout kinect would be like selling xbox one with out a controller. hence why it comes with a controller and kinect and they are both controllers for the system along with smartglass which you can download free on your phone and tablet.

Pre_ordered_PS4
Pre_ordered_PS4

@bunchanumbers If they can show some unique and genuinely interesting experiences using the Kinect, then I will consider purchsing it alongside my 360, PS3 & PS4. Until that happens though, I'm just not convinced at all

danbodamnit
danbodamnit

Can you not tell that video was skipping? I'll admit there will be problems, but I'm seeing the same video on the very few sites covering it .and it kills me how often I see you two fanboys on here trollin, I'm really starting to believe you two can't afford either console and are mad about that.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@SteamyPotatoes Seems like both consoles will have their launch issues. My local retailer wants me to confirm my own console order today (for a PS4) or lose it and now I'm wondering if I should rather just wait. >_>

All the best launch titles I can get for my PC anyway. >_<

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@coaltango I think right now that depends more on which company can meet the demands for stock, than on popularity.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@Pre_ordered_PS4 @bunchanumbers I'm still waiting on a game that actually uses the kinect. There needs to be a kinect version of Mario. Something kinect related that you can't do without. Like how the Wii had Wii Sports.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@TenraiSenshi @coaltango I think more importantly it goes on simple mathematics.  The PS4 has always had a strong European presence and is also launching in more countries than the Xbox.

Pair that with the fact it sold 1 million alone in North America (Xbox's usual stomping ground) and the figures seem pretty clear.

Cheaper console with the same games will sell more.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@bunchanumbers @Pre_ordered_PS4 I think the main issue is that gaming still needs a controller.  Until there's mind control at least anyway.

Controlling a game by moving your entire body is always going to be limited.  They need a 'Wii Mote' or something to go with it.

Pre_ordered_PS4
Pre_ordered_PS4

@beastman9999 @SteamyPotatoes @TenraiSenshi 

very interesting. Whether this will have a substantial positive effect, only time will tell.