Microsoft Xbox 360 and Kinect: Shortages looming

Most of us have probably heard of how popular the Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming console and its Kinect accessory was over the holiday season with Microsoft gaining huge sales of one of the latest must-have devices.

Now we have news that in fact sales over the holiday period were so good there may soon be a shortage of the Xbox and Kinect. Sales of the gaming console year-by-year rose by a huge 42%. David Murphy over on PC Mag tells how a Microsoft spokesman said in an e-mail to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “In order to keep up with holiday demand in December for Xbox 360 and Kinect, Microsoft pulled units from its January and February production.”

The e-mail went on to say that shortages were still experienced at the end of December and supply restrictions were anticipated through the first two months of this year. In fact Microsoft then went on to explain that the reason behind sales of the Nintendo Wii (2.3 million) surpassing those of the Xbox (1.9 million) in December, was the shortages experienced for their own gaming console.

The Kinect was still the bestselling console accessory in December though, with over 8 million now sold. Josh Lowensohn over on Cnet also reports on sales of the Xbox along with overall gaming sales for 2010 and notes that sales of video games actually went down last year to $18.58 billion compared to $19.66 billion the year before.

What do you think about the possible shortages for the Xbox 360 and Kinect accessory early this year? Have you already noticed any lack of these devices where you are? We’d be interested to hear about this so why not send us your comments.