by Anton Shilov
07/18/2013 | 11:59 PM
Two influential Microsoft Corp.’s employees have revealed that Xbox One pre-orders have sold out across the U.S. and that they are also well ahead of pre-orders on Xbox 360 during the same period. It looks like the Xbox One is going to be a success at launch, at least from Microsoft’s point of view. Unfortunately, the execs did not reveal any particular numbers.
“Just found out Xbox One pre-orders are trending ahead of Xbox 360 pre-orders during the same time period [and are] sold out at most U.S. retailers,” said Larry Hryb, Xbox’s director of programming for Xbox Live, in a Twitter post.
While Microsoft Xbox 360 was the first current-generation console launched in 2005, a year ahead of Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii, it inherited the rather poor reputation of the original Xbox, hence early interest towards the console was limited. Moreover, back in 2005 online pre-orders were not as popular as they are now, therefore it was easy for Xbox One to get significantly ahead of its predecessor on the Internet.
A similar tweet has been published by Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft’s chief of staff for devices and studios.
“Xbox One pre-orders are already sold out at most major U.S. retailers, also trending above [Xbox] 360 historical levels,” Mr. Greenberg wrote.
Without giving exact number of game Xbox One consoles pre-ordered, Microsoft updated the interested parties, which includes gamers, analysts, investors, game developers and others, that the demand for the upcoming system is healthy. Nonetheless, the intrigue remains whether Microsoft Xbox One will be more successful than Sony PlayStation 4 at launch and which of the companies will be able to ship more units in the first month of availability.
Microsoft Xbox One is based on AMD Fusion custom-designed system-on-chip with eight x86 low-power/low-cost Jaguar cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics with GCN architecture (with 32MB ESRAM/EDRAM buffer) as well as 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The console features 500GB hard disk drive, Blu-ray disc drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet, output of video with up to 4K resolution (3840*2160) using HDMI 1.4 as well as 7.1-channel audio. The new Xbox One comes with completely redesigned Kinect sensor that will feature 1920*1080 RGB camera, improved infrared sensor and enhanced voice controls. The console sports a number of functions, e.g. TV-cable pass-through that will seamlessly integrate it into the living room.
The Xbox One launch bundle will be available for $499.99 in the U.S., £429 in the U.K. and €499 in European markets. The console will be released in 21 markets around the world in November 2013.