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Microsoft: Retailers ran out of time to sell 900K Xbox One units by end of 2013

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Microsoft has responded to reports that it left 900,000 Xbox One units on the shelf during the Q3 by saying it had shipped the units to retailers but there was no time to sell them through to customers before the New Year, according to a report today from GameSpot.

The same GameStop report, now updated with Microsoft’s statement, reported that the platform holder’s financial reports indicated 3.9 million Xbox One units had shipped to retailers worldwide before the quarter ended on Dec. 31.

That leaves 900,000 Xbox One consoles that didn’t make it to consumers before the end of the year, as Microsoft announced earlier this month it had sold-through 3 million units. You can read that Examiner report by clicking here.

Microsoft, in response, sent a statement saying that time constraints didn’t allow for the additional shipments to arrive in the arms of customers, but they are selling those 900,000 Xbox One machines now.

"We sold through nearly every unit we could in the holiday period and pulled forward as many units as we could from Q3. However, only some of those shipments were sold into the channel in the final period of the quarter and so there was not time to sell the units through to customers," said Microsoft corporate public relations representative David Dennis. "These units are now being sold through to customers."

Sony indicated shortly after Microsoft's announcement of the 3 million next-gen consoles sold that they had pushed out 4.2 million PlayStation 4 systems from its launch in November until the end of 2013. You can read that full Examiner report by clicking here.

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