Gartner Research

Myth-Busting the Xbox 360 Shortage

Published: 21 December 2005

ID: G00183804

Analyst(s): Robert Bois


As if Microsoft isn't already enough of a lightning rod, the company is now under fire for allegedly misjudging demand, failing in the supply chain, or possibly even intentionally creating a shortage for the new Xbox 360 video game system. A thorough review of recent history, however, paired with the realities of the high-tech manufacturing supply and demand chain expose some slightly less sinister possibilities.

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