NEWS - Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Aussies And Kiwis Last In Line For Xbox 360

It's official: Australia and New Zealand are now last in line to receive the Xbox 360, Microsoft announced today. It's strange, too, since Microsoft's market share for current-gen consoles is largest in those countries at about 40 percent. As it stands, the Xbox 360 is slated to launch in Australia and New Zealand on March 23, three weeks later than the original March 2 launch date. Microsoft said the delay is due to "short-term manufacturing issues due to component shortages stemming from challenges in ramping supply." Production issues have hampered Microsoft's ambitious world-wide launch from day one, thanks mostly to the 1,700 individual components that make up this complex machine. Manufacturing issues have played a part in sales figures; only 1.5 million consoles were sold in 2005, well below Microsoft's original forecast. After working out these short-term kinks, Microsoft will hopefully be able to get its manufacturing back on track for the Aussies and Kiwis. A Microsoft representative said today "The good news for consumers is that there will be a bigger supply of consoles on hand on day one to help fulfill demand." Microsoft was anticipating 3 million consoles to be sold by the end of February, but it now predicts selling about 500,000 less than that. Celestica has signed on as an additional manufacturing partner, so Microsoft is still expecting to sell better than 4.5 million units worldwide before the end of June, which would make the Xbox 360 the fasting-selling console ever. Typically, Australia and New Zealand launches run concurrent with European launches. 500,000 360s have been sold in Europe while only 100,000 have been sold in Japan, the most difficult market for Microsoft to crack. In North America, 900,000 consoles were sold in 2005.


Site Statistics

Registered Members: 43,984
Forum Posts: 725,139
Xbox One Titles: 655
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,084
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 583
Xbox Titles: 847
Staff Reviews: 1,448
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 13,078
Screenshots: 28,839
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News

See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

GOW 4 Horde Credit and XP Earn Rate Updates
Post by Nato King
1 Replies, 54 Views

Post by Nato King
1 Replies, 55 Views

Red Dead Redemption 2 releasing Fall 2017
Post by Nato King
5 Replies, 109 Views

Xbox One S Protoype Zebra
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 144 Views

Xbox One South Korea Edition Limitee Mother Pearl
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 90 Views

Xbox One Official China Edition limitee Lunar New Year Monkey 2016
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 101 Views

Xbox Play Anywhere Set up.
Post by Nato King
6 Replies, 168 Views

CONTEST! Win a copy of Worms W.M.D.!
Post by Variation-XBA
9 Replies, 325 Views

The Gears of War 4 Live Broadcast Airs Today
Post by Nato King
7 Replies, 207 Views

Post by Nato King
9 Replies, 258 Views

Spoiler: First 12mintues of Battlefield 1
Post by Nato King
9 Replies, 242 Views

Custom Xbox Addict Controller!
Post by Variation-XBA
8 Replies, 320 Views

Post by BananaMan
5 Replies, 275 Views

Post by Nato King
7 Replies, 263 Views

Club for Forza Horizon 3
Post by TheOutcast-XBA
9 Replies, 1158 Views

© 2000-2016 - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics