Written by TheMadMonk Wednesday 30 November 2005 - 11:35:19
"Gamers are likely to have a hard time getting hold of the Xbox 360 when it goes on sale in the UK on Friday. Most shops have already sold out of all their stock because so many people have pre-ordered the new Microsoft console.
The Xbox 360 sold out quickly when it was released in the US last week, with some cashing in by offering consoles on the online auction site eBay The machine is the first of the next generation of consoles, marking the start of a new era in video games. Sony and Nintendo are planning to unleash their next gen consoles during 2006, giving Microsoft an edge over its rivals by releasing the 360 now. The software giant is virtually tied with Nintendo for second place, way behind Sony, in a games market worth $25bn globally. Microsoft expects to ship up to three million 360s worldwide within 90 days.
But the company has admitted that the worldwide launch of the console could mean shortages in the run-up to Christmas. Microsoft has suggested that some 300,000 Xbox 360s are likely to be available for Friday's European launch..."
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