UK retail powerhouse GAME has clarified that while it is still taking pre-orders of Microsoft's forthcoming next generation machine, Xbox 360, there is currently no word on how many units the group or country will be getting.
Shortly after putting a placeholder section on its site for taking Xbox 360 pre-orders, GAME created a notice saying: "We are now unable to promise delivery of the Xbox 360 pre-Christmas. We will endeavour to fulfil new orders placed for the system as soon as is possible but are currently unable to speculate when exactly that will be. We are however, able to continue to take orders for our first allocation of the Xbox 360 Core System until further notice."
While it may seem the company is limiting its orders based on the popularity for the higher priced system - which includes a wireless controller, 20GB hard-drive, Xbox Live headset and universal remote control for GBP 279.99 - over the Core System which contains none of the above for GBP 209.99, the reality is that currently Microsoft has been unable to reveal how many units of the machine it will be releasing into the market pre-Christmas, and GAME is naturally taking a cautious stance.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Simon Soffe, head of PR and communications, said: "We want to make sure that as many GAME customers as possible can buy an Xbox 360 as soon as it’s launched. We’re very actively taking pre-orders from customers in all our stores and online. It’s still very early days, and the launch timing and stock volumes have not been confirmed. Once they are confirmed, we’ll be able to give our customers more information about when they’ll receive their new console."
Microsoft was unable to clarify the situation at the time of publication.
Xbox 360 is expected to launch in Europe in late November, although a final date has yet to be confirmed by Microsoft.