GameStop forecasting "largest console launch in history"

Retailer says it will have "significant increase" in launch quantities for Xbox One and PS4 relative to last generation; PS4 "first to know" list double that of Xbox One.

GameStop is expecting to see the "largest console launch in history" this holiday season, CEO Paul Raines said today during a post-earnings financial call.

The retailer saw sales fall for its latest quarter, noting sales have been negatively impacted by consumers holding out until new consoles arrive later in the year.

Raines did not offer an estimation as to which platform--Xbox One or PS4--will reign as king this holiday, but said expectations are high for both systems.

GameStop president Tony Bartel said the company's launch allocations for the Xbox One and PS4 are "much stronger" relative to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. He said GameStop expects a "significant increase" in launch quantities for both platforms.

Overall, Bartel described the launch quantities as "unprecedented."

He did not provide specific numbers, but said GameStop has bolstered its supply chain capacity for the upcoming console launch by 60 percent through using contracted distribution centers.

Regarding preorders, Bartel would not say which system had more at present. However, he did say that the PS4 "first to know" list currently has 1.5 million members, compared to 700,000 on the Xbox One list.

Sony previously announced that PS4 preorders have exceeded 1 million units.

To prepare its employees for the impending arrival of the Xbox One and PS4, Bartel explained that next week, GameStop's 4,400 store managers in the United States will receive hands-on training with both platforms.

"We will continue to be the most knowledgeable source for buying a new console and related games and accessories," Bartel said.

The Xbox One and PS4 will launch in November.

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DrClownAss
DrClownAss

What happens when they can no longer build a better console to the last one and we all lose interest?

Probably mass lay-offs, suicide, rioting and looting because video games were the only thing keeping us off the streets.

So keep the new consoles coming every 4-5 years because it's the only thing stoping us from coming after you.


tightwad34
tightwad34

Seeing how video games are more popular than ever = No Shit.

dmastor
dmastor

This is Great Double the people will have the PS4 maybe even triple  with less servers the xbox One who haswith more servers, Gamers this is excitingNews  xbox guys our online play going to have less people with better servers!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait.

TitanFall 

COD ghost 

Battlefield.

zoo tycoon 

Maybe even a new Gears of war? 

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Raines did not offer an estimation as to which platform--Xbox One or PS4--will reign as king this holiday" That doesn't matter to the fanboys of either side, they'll keep saying the same old stuff, even if actual numbers were revealed. Gamestop is only one of many retailers and the rest of the world is a big place compared to one retailer.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Largest console launch in history? Right. More like blunder of the century. I'm sticking to PC, Wii U and retro games.

NaNoSQDX
NaNoSQDX

I am excited for the PS4. the xbox one doesn't really entice me. I don't care really for motion gaming too much. i'll buy the Wii U sometime soon because i LOVE Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart. I have the PS4 pre ordered and paid off with an extra controller and Knack. All the games coming out are really good from what i am seeing and the indie support from Playstation makes me love Playstation even more. Creativity is something i really like. Really psyched for the Playstation4 and i am going to be at the midnight release and the release date (Nov 15) is on a Friday? and i have weekends off? O TO THE M TO THE G. THIS IS GONNA BE A GREAT GENERATION OF GAMING. oh and btw i don't believe that neither the Playstation4 nor the XboxOne will have issues. I think they both learned from their mistakes from their predecessors. hit me up on PSN IF YOU GOT LAST OF US OR JUST WANNA PLAY THE PS4 GAMES UPCOMING. TeCniquEz_X  lets enjoy this generation and stop the beefing with the consoles. lets just PLAY. 

lazzdamian666
lazzdamian666

2 months ago they were selling like cupcakes then they wasn't selling shit now they selling like cupcakes again.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@lazzdamian666 PS4 preorders in UK are really high, during the holiday season they'll sell like Christmas pudding.

lazzdamian666
lazzdamian666

xbox one or gamestop never going to say that pre order are low that people don't want to buy the console because it don't seem compelling they would utterly self destroy themselves by saying that,this business is about how much people got the product the less people got it the less compelling it is to the gamer ,less people online playing the less fun the gamer has,so if they come out with the truth and be like PS4 is really selling and not xbox PS4 would take all the potential customers that xbox got ,npot saying that PS4 is selling I don't find PS4 or xbox compelling at all ,just making making an assumption .

Boddicker
Boddicker

Gamestop = Death of Console Gaming

Buy games new people, even if you have to wait for a price drop.  I do it all the time.

slainta
slainta

I am honestly quite sick of retailers and press putting the two consoles sales together. We all know which one is the system selling the most in all markets, with the other sinking in Europe. Stop pretending they are both successful because one is selling like crazy. the other isn't.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

I hope to god they both sell out on launch so I can gouge people!

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

"GameStop has bolstered its supply chain capacity for the upcoming console launch by 60 percent through using contracted distribution centers"

I think this means that Gamestop has cleared out their bathrooms.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Meta-Gnostic Yeah, they don't give a shit if their employees need to do number 2. Deal with it, is what they'll say.

chiyochan111
chiyochan111

Personally I will wait unless Sony does its rumored combo pack of Vita and PS4 for 500. No little big planet, RTS, RPG. I like AC 4 but that's on the older system and PC.  I don't play sport games or first person shooters so there is not much driving me to either system at the moment. Besides we all know systems first release will have issues and problems so... waiting for the bugs to be gone is better then getting a console that will have issues 6months down the road...

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Why would you want to have a console that's going to have problems in six months?

erking1991
erking1991

lets gooooo microsoft, bill gates ftmfw, bill fucking gates, get some!!!!!!

tommynj
tommynj

No worries when PS4 players realize they just bought a console with average games on it just because it is cheaper things will change in a hurry.  I'll just be happy that the Xbox One community will be so much better without the 2 year old attitudes on there anymore.

Busta
Busta

@tommynj  Everyone be getting battlefield, cod, and watch dogs anyway.  

sin909
sin909

@tommynj Lol the xbox community is immature! Every troll video i can think of is on xbox.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

@sin909 Okay Sin909 now imagine... Allthose "immature people"Are now switching to PS4. lmfao.... 

96augment
96augment

@tommynj Both systems will eventually have great games and you know it. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@tommynj Yours sounds more like a 4-year-old, so that's a big improvement over the PS4 community.

llantaeusll
llantaeusll

Say what you want but its a great time to be a gamer. Everyone can be happy. So many games,  so AAA titles, so many indie titles,so many systems to choose from(360,X1,Ps3,Ps4,3ds,Vita,Pc,WiiU) dont forgot Oculus Rift............ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh I love being a gamer right now.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Thankfully I'll be off from work on the Playstation 4's launch day. This will be the first time I buy a console at launch.