Microsoft outlines how you can find an Xbox One this holiday

Major Nelson highlights "tips and tricks" you can use to find an console this holiday season.

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Though the Xbox team is delivering new shipments of Xbox One consoles to retailers "as fast as possible," various stores remain sold out of the system, Microsoft has said. That doesn't mean it's impossible to find a console, however.

Writing on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft director of Xbox Live programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb outlined some "tips and tricks" you can use to find a console this holiday season.

In addition to the methods listed below, Hryb said tracking sites like XboxOneLocator and NowInStock are a good way to find out when systems are in stock. He also suggested following his Twitter account, where he will tweet details about availability.

  • Sign up for email newsletters and alerts from your favorite retailers and follow them on Twitter and Facebook for real-time updates.

  • Call your local retailers to find out which day of the week they receive shipments. You can check in each week to see if they have new stock.

  • Use retailers’ online stock checkers to find a store with Xbox One in stock near you, although we recommend calling to confirm.

  • Check with stores outside of densely populated areas – you may have more luck in smaller locations.

On the same day that Sony announced PlayStation 4 worldwide sales have reached 2.1 million units, Microsoft said yesterday that the Xbox One is seeing "unprecedented" demand, but did not share a new sales figure beyond the 1 million units sold in 24 hours from November.

Discussion

742 comments
yvonnehays
yvonnehays

Here's some advice for Microsoft:  Build and ship enough units to meet demand, pricks!

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

Oh great because I really didn't know how to go to a store and purchase one. Can give us tips and tricks on purchasing groceries?

Ereheru
Ereheru

Why does this guy call himself "Major Nelson" when he is clearly more a "Darren (#2) Stevens after Endora's curse"?

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

Go into a store. Look for fully stocked shelves of Xbones. Spend $500+ tax on your new cable box. Die a little inside.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Asking your retailer when they receive shipments is stupid.

Major retailers in December receive trucks 5-7 days a week and UPS/FedEx shipments 5-6 days a week.

Items as hot as Xbox and PS4 will arrive by UPS/FedEx.

demondogx
demondogx

Somewhere in a desert in mexico

RossRichard
RossRichard

Just check the stores. I have seen an XBox One in stock a few times, just doing my normal day to day thing. Have yet to see a PS4 in stock in a store, and the ones I see online always want to put you into a $800+ bundle (like Newegg for example).

ant19831983
ant19831983

Major Nelson highlights "tips and tricks" you can use to find an console this holiday season. lol!!!

john1217727
john1217727

I wish the MS execs would shut up - they do no nothing but spew bs. Amazon has it in stock now. So go there and buy it - no big strategizing needed.  The Xbox One is not currently that hard to find in the USA. Could be that MS is doing a good job of restocking or it could be that the demand for it isn't there.  The PS4 is currently not available on Amazon but they just finished the launch in Europe. Hopefully Sony will be able to restock in the USA. Per Gamestop, they had over 2 million back orders for the PS4, not sure what the back up number for the Xbox One but I'd like to know.  Anecdotal stories from fan boys stating 'well I went to the store and they had plenty of this console but not the other' and that must mean that one console is doing better than the other," cannot be taken seriously even if true because it just reflects the situation of that specific store.

glennwinton
glennwinton

Step 1: Go to Store

Step 2: Buy easily in stock Xbox One

Step 3: Sell Xbox on ebay for 1000 dollars

Step 4: Locate PS4 and purchase for gaming

DIGN
DIGN

Anyone notice the Xbox ONE upside down in the bottom right of the truck?

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

"Call your local retailers... each week", "call to confirm"... Thanks Major Nelson in giving tips so that thousands call and annoy the hell out of retail workers.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

Major Nelson, you're so awesome! Maybe you can tell me where to find a PS4 instead? These steps don't work for it.

CidX1
CidX1

Its like sony's "how to lend a game" video. This time its, walk into store, get one of many XBO left on shelf and buy it.

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

Or walk into your local shop. Lol! There is no stock problem with the X1 no matter how much Microsoft tries to hype it.

virtualskill
virtualskill

LOL I have a tip on how you can find one: 

Walk in store --> Look at shelf

NicAgent
NicAgent

Although they are far and few between, try to go to a Microsoft store.  They have plenty of XONEs in stock.

themc_7
themc_7

I got one on launch w/ a pre-order. Around me (Toronto area) all locations are sold out

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Lol the midnight lines for ps4 were like 3 times as long as the one for xbone at best buy... and this is in Houston. I'm surprised ms is making these statements

jaoman9
jaoman9

i can find one easily here in oregon almost no ones buying them

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@snacky_smorez I despise the way microsoft speaks to their consumers. I mean they talk to them as if they are mindless children who do not have any sense at all. They need to realise most gamers actually know the score already and don't need to be told.

streamline
streamline

@Ereheru It's annoying, isn't it? It's more an insult to the I Dream of Jeannie actor than homage when this MS employee's on screen presence is not very good.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@KamuiFei that is something i don't get about the usa who cares about price before tax you are paying people want to know what they are paying. here in the uk where the xbox one is £429 that is including tax

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

@john1217727 He never said you can't get it right now. Amazon has it available since yesterday. But now since Gamespot, IGN and others are letting people know, its going to fly off the shelf even faster. Microsoft started their mass production of the console 2-3 weeks before Sony started their mass production. So the Xbox will restock slightly faster. 

john1217727
john1217727

@glennwinton Have you checked Xbox One prices on Ebay lately - you'd be lucky to sell the Xbox one for $100.00 profit.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@DIGN It's upside down? Oh, no....it's obviously broken. 

Confirmed: Xbox shipments have at least one broken unit per layer of truck.

krystyla
krystyla

@DIGN back when the photo first came up 2 weeks ago it was already noticed

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@rabbitcancer There is, actually, but you Sonies keep telling yourselves that. I've been to 3 GameStops within 3 areas here in Cincinnati that do not have any that weren't pre-ordered, as well as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Kmart (lol they still exist), not to mention there are not any online for more than 10 minutes.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@NicAgent Seriously, i can't use the word bufu as an adjective? Anyway, yea, if you want to drive to the only MS store in your city, likely only one in the state. In Cincinnati ours is on the absolute west bufu side of the city, in a mall no one goes to, right next to the Apple store. 

Nothing could make me go there, NOTHING. Not a Xbox, PS4, not even free live-at-home adult film-star maids

themc_7
themc_7

@SphinxDemon they both sold out on Day one in most places around me. Both sold 1 million units day one.

Unbound72
Unbound72

@jaoman9 Strange.. Xbone is sold out completely in my area but I was able to walk into Walmart and purchase the PS4 on Monday. So by that logic PS4 is not doing so hot amiright?

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@jaoman9 People in Oregon don't play video games. They go to hippie woods festivals and hang out in giant bookstores in Portland and otherwise find better things to do.

aXeem316
aXeem316

@jaoman9 u watch u f c ? - i think chael sonnen is from oregon too

Fastnova00007
Fastnova00007

@Aaronp2k @snacky_smorez You're forgetting that most of the general population are idiots.  The general population cannot tell the difference between an Android phone or Iphone.  I'm sure most parents wont even know the difference between a PS4 or xbone.  I'm sure most of them need to be told what to do...

Ereheru
Ereheru

@streamline @Ereheru Well, I'm not sure it's quite an insult to Larry Hagman, but he seems more like "J.R. Ewing" than the guy who was such a do-it-yourself guy he wouldn't let a genie grant his wishes...though I guess that's better than being like his role in Superman, "Guy who molests Miss Teschmacher during CPR"...

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@jtthegame316 @KamuiFei Sales tax is a bitch. A tax that shouldn't exist. It also varies from suburb to city to state. They had raised sales tax here for a while to 7.5% to pay for a new stadium once, from 6.0%. So awesome.

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Well from reading most of the comments xboner isn't as popular in the states. To say I didn't buy either because my PC is a supercomputer

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Governments tax people on everything.would not mind if they was not lining there own pockets with it all

john1217727
john1217727

@Daveof89 @john1217727 @glennwinton True - it's really not worth the time or the effort. PS4s are currently being sold for between $150 to $200 over retail price so you're probably best off just keeping it as well.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@coak @Grenadeh Oh good. Fuck them. And no deathstream it's not legal you ignorant pissant, go back to school and learn your American government.

The only reason it is legal is because they worded it so that the fee is not a tax, because a tax would be completely illegal. Even though it is a tax.

coak
coak

@Grenadeh ...you don't have to pay it.. pay the $75 fee for refusing to pay it.. I do. 

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Take the last two sentences of yours to a political blog, not here. Lolz

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@SphinxDemon It's more popular in the states, people just aren't rushing out to buy one because we're all broke and being forced to buy health insurance lest we be illegally taxed by the government 500 dollars for not doing it.

Oh wait right it's "not a tax" so hence it's not unconstitutional.

Fucking Obamadministration.

themc_7
themc_7

@SphinxDemon yeah yeah PC master race. We're all very impressed down here at the Bureau.