maybe they aren't selling that well?
I don't think that it's not selling well, it's that Microsoft is keeping the supply lines open. Target's around here are getting daily shipments.
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Does a system have to completely sell out of units between launch and the 1st of the year to be successful?
To be honest, how a system does initially on launch is purely for hype purposes. It bears zero relevance to the longterm hopes for success on the platform & has zero bearing on it chance at succeeding.
Point in case: the Dreamcast had what was regarded at the time as the best launch ever. In the US, it went very smoothly (the one exception being some badly pressed GDROMs), it had (at that time) the largest first day sales figures for hardware & software, and yet, in the longterm, the Dreamcast was still a failure at retail for Sega.
The XBox launch was definitely a success in the shortterm for Microsoft - they sold pretty much most they had - but they've definitely had to share the attention with the GameCube and to a lesser extent, the PS2.
Both platforms have their work cut out for them in the long term. The PS2 is gaining more & more owners each day and has a *huge* lead. Is it overcomeable? I think it will be very very hard for Microsoft to catch up - outside of the USA especially.
A good friend (in a senior position of one of the biggest online/mailorder retailers in the UK) just mentioned to me that they've had a *huge* leap in PS2 sales in the past few weeks since the launch of GTA3 - more than they did with GT2 - which goes to show that it's the software that counts at the end of the day....
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