All the outrage over the Xbox One hasn’t stopped consumers from pre-ordering an overwhelming amount of Xbox One.  GameStop has reached its cap for ‘in store’ Xbox One pre-orders, but is still accepting pre-orders online. According to Polygon: Retail managers say senior managers sent out a nationwide email to store managers a few days ago telling them to cease taking pre-orders. Many had already stopped taking launch-date orders, because they had run out of individual store-level allocations. Polygon called stores around the country, all of which declined to take Xbox One pre-orders. They are still taking PlayStation 4 orders. Store managers say allocations for Sony’s machine are considerably higher than Microsoft’s. One store manager in California said, “We were only given an allocation of 16 Xbox Ones but we have 60 PlayStation 4s and we’re still taking orders.” Another in Texas said, “There’s no point trying any GameStops. We’ve stopped ...

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The Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft plans to extend its Xbox 360 subscription plan, where buyers pay $99 and then $19.99 per month for two years for an Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle, beyond its Microsoft stores to all U.S. Best Buy Co. stores and a "select" grouping of GameStop Corp. stores. The deal includes access to Xbox Live Gold (usually around $60 per year). Microsoft still considers the scheme a pilot, noting that consumers have responded well so far. While many feel the deal is all about supporting “soft” Xbox sales as the current generation comes to an end, Lewis Ward, an analyst at IDC, speculates that it is all about preparing customers for the same deal next year, when the next version of the Xbox console is expected to be announced. Microsoft has positioned the Xbox 360 as the premier entertainment computer, and while the current deal makes ...

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