Microsoft Predicts Xbox 360 And Kinect Shortages

Microsoft has warned that shortages of both its Xbox 360 console and Kinect could occur in January and February owing to the blockbuster holiday shopping season last year.

In an email to Seattlepi.com, a Microsoft spokesperson admitted that the company had pulled units that it had allocated for early 2011 and expects the shortage to continue into the first few months of the new year.

“Despite this, Microsoft still experienced out-of-supply situations in late December, and it expects supply constraint to continue in January and February as it works with retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments to replenish the channel,” the spokesperson said in the emailed statement.

Microsoft sold 1.9 million Xbox 360 consoles in December but still lagged behind Nintendo's Wii which sold a whopping 2.3 million units in the same month.

The company cited unit shortages as the reason that it didn't sell more consoles, despite syphoning off units from its January and February production line.