The Xbox One may be doing fairly well in the United States and the United Kingdom, but it’s another story in the land of beer and bratwurst.
German retailer Saturn is currently selling the Xbox One 500GB model with a free download code for EA’s FIFA 15 for €333 – the equivalent of around £250-£260 making the cheapest ever bundle and more than £100 cheaper than the UK package.
What’s more, according the manager of this particular Saturn store in Wolfsburg, the Xbox One just isn’t selling so they’ve had a few “manager’s specials” to try and tempt gamers into shelling out for the Xbox One.
Down below is a picture of the Xbox One bundle available in-store only and at a greatly reduced price. Note that on the Saturn.de website the very same bundle is listed for €399, almost €70 more.
Meanwhile in the very same store the PS4 is nowhere to be seen and it’s been this way for a couple of weeks according to the manager.
It’s not the only Xbox related item being sold on the cheap either, there were a fair few top-tier titles priced a few Euros cheaper than their PS4 counterparts.
“We sold out all of our PlayStation 4 consoles before Christmas and only had reserved stock up until a few days ago, now we have nothing” he said when I asked about the lack of Sony machines within the store
Apparently this isn’t just a localised issue either. According to the store manager there’s a big issue with supply and demand for the PS4 whilst other stores in the Niedersachsen region are struggling to get the Xbox One consoles off the shelf and as such many other stores have introduced limited “manager’s specials” in a bid to shift some units.
It’s also worth noting that this particular retailer isn’t the one having problems getting Xbox One’s out the door.
After visiting another German retailer, Media Markt, the store’s manager confessed that the only PS4’s they currently have in stock are second-hand returns. He did note that they were also having slow sales of the Xbox One, though they did peak during the Christmas shopping period, however it’s back to fully stocked shelves that don’t need replenishing.
I took the opportunity to canvass a few gamers who were lingering around the stores, asking their opinions on both next-gen machines and which they opted for and the general opinion is that the Xbox One is a lower quality machine whereas the PS4 is seen as a premium product from a top-name brand.
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