Report: GameStop Stops Taking Xbox One Pre-orders - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 June 2013 / 8,436 Views

There are reports that GameStop has stopped taking pre-orders for the Xbox One. Polygon has called many stores around the US and all of them have stopped taking pre-orders. However, they are still taking PlayStation 4 pre-orders.

GameStop has stopped taking pre-orders because they have only been given a small allocation. One GameStop in California will only be given 16 Xbox Ones at launch, while they will be getting 60 PlayStation 4s.

"We were only given an allocation of 16 Xbox Ones but we have 60 PlayStation 4s and we're still taking orders," said a store manager in California.  Another manager in Texas said, "There's no point trying any GameStops. We've stopped that SKU until we get notice."

The amount of consoles that each store will be given is determined by Microsoft and not GameStop. However, pre-orders can still be made on GameStop's website.

"Due to high demand, GameStop is not taking additional store reservations for the Xbox One Day One Edition," said a spokesperson from GameStop. "However, reservations can still be made at ... In the meantime, the Xbox One wireless controller and top Xbox One games like: Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, and Kinect Sports Rivals are available for pre-order at all GameStop stores or online."

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Serious_frusting (on 19 June 2013)

What seth said. Or is M$ doing this on purpose to give the system the illusion of being in high demand, thus driving people to buy it because of it being a hard item to get. (in short, driving console sales)

scat398 (on 19 June 2013)

The system is in high demand just like the ps4 is bit clearly the ram yields are going to slow production. Ms would undoubtedly like to get at least the same amount of units sold as Sony but that may not be possible at this point.

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Ganoncrotch (on 20 June 2013)

I love that gamestop stamps out the potential for the illusion of demand by stating that the stores had exactly 16 units allocated to them :D Massive sales there.

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sethnintendo (on 19 June 2013)

Looks like Xbox One is going to be supply constrained which could help out Nintendo and Sony a decent amount due to consumers not being able to find/buy a system this holiday season.

Fei-Hung (on 25 June 2013)

In all fairness, they have only started working on Xbox One 3 years ago. That is a very short time compared to how long other consoles. This could simply be down to production and hopefully not yield issues, although making the console within 3 years does seem a little rushed.

RJ_Sizzle (on 20 June 2013)

Uh oh, sounds like MS might be dropping the mandatory Kinect in favor of a new SKU... let's wait and see.

Daddo Splat (on 19 June 2013)

Or like some said before they're keeping the bulk of their product to sell out of the MS store online where I bought mine.

Willem (on 19 June 2013)

Creating such illusion wouldn't be a smart move, because the GS employees can explain the reasons right there at the moment, and it's inconsistent with their webshop policies. At first I thought the yield-issues were just rumors, but it's going to look like there might be some truth in there. I can't think of any other reason why MS is not going to deliver as much pre-orders as possible at launch ...

Lisa19 (on 19 June 2013)