Xbox 360: sold out in stores, a lot on eBay

American gamers hardly manage to get hold of the new game console from Microsoft, the Xbox 360. Since Tuesday morning, the new game computer in the United States for sale, but now many electronics stores report a major shortage. On eBay, the Xbox 360 is already a popular item. In the first 12 hours just after the launch, 1, 800 Xbox 360 devices have already changed ownership, eBay writes in a statement

American gamers hardly manage to get hold of the new game console from Microsoft, the Xbox 360. Since Tuesday morning, the new game computer in the United States for sale, but now many electronics stores report a major shortage. On eBay, the Xbox 360 is already a popular item.

In the first 12 hours just after the launch, 1, 800 Xbox 360 devices have already changed ownership, eBay writes in a statement. The average price on the auction site for the new game console is $ 660, according to eBay, compared to a retail price of $ 300 or $ 400 (premium). Some of the devices that were offered along with video games were themselves sold for amounts of more than 2500 dollars.
Microsoft hopes to sell three million Xbox360 computers in the next three months. Analysts expect the deficits to continue in the coming days, possibly even well into December. A similar situation is expected if the game computer comes to lie in European stores on 2 December.
With the Xbox360, Microsoft opens the attack on 'games market leader' Sony. In 2001 it failed with the first Xbox, which was a great success in America, but not in Japan, home country of competitors Sony and Nintendo. According to Microsoft, the launch of the first Xbox failed because Sony then had a year ahead with its Playstation 2. Microsoft now comes first with a new generation of gaming computers, with processors that according to developers of the company ten times more powerful than in the old version.
At the first launch in Japan in 2002 there were hardly any games available. Microsoft now has an extensive offer. In the US, eighteen games went on sale, in the Netherlands there will be fifteen. Online gaming has received more attention with the Xbox 360. This way smaller games can also be retrieved via the internet.