Xbox 360 Shortages, Or Preparation for New SKU(s)?

While everyone anticipates the announcement of Gears of War 2 along with a ton of info including a possible demo on Xbox live next week of Too Human at GDC there’s one thing Microsoft may announce that most people didn’t expect. It’s been well documented (You can check it out for yourself if you walk into your local brick and mortar stores) that finding an Xbox 360 in 2008 has been fairly difficult. In response, last week Microsoft PR came out and said “It’s just a cause of better than expected sales during the holiday period”. That statement may have served more than the one purpose of spinning Sony’s first monthly NPD victory since the release of the PS3. Maybe this whole shortage has been buying Microsoft a lot of time over the course of the last few months to develop and introduce new SKUs.

I took what Microsoft had to say at face value that supplies were coming, but they never did specify of which flavor. I know taking information from a retailer is pretty skeptical at best but this was brought to my attention this morning and make of it what you will but it appears extremely odd that online retailer Amazon is now showing that EVERY Xbox 360 SKU as “Discontinued by manufacturer: YES”.