Gamestop, during their recent Q4 2009 earnings call stated that both Project Natal and PlayStation Move will not been included in their future years sales projection. PlayStation Move and Project Natal are both to be launched this year and as with all new products, nobody can predict how popular they will be or if stock shortages will occur.
It is likely then that Gamestop are worried about stock shortages for both of these peripherals. Gamestop's Tony Bartel said "Currently, Project Natal is not included in our forecast at this point, but after seeing both Project Natal as well as Sony Move, we are very excited about the amount of product that it is going to allow us to sell, not only in terms of the actual peripherals themselves, but also in terms of the software that we anticipate will be launched with that as well as both of them will be hardware sellers. So, there is no doubt that they will meet a major part of our industry by the time that the year is done, and at this point, we have not – we don't have enough information to be able to include them in our forecast, so we have not included them in our forecast."
When quizzed about hardware shortages by Suntrust Robinson Humphrey's David Magee, Tony Bartel replied, "...I can tell you that we do anticipate that we will be in that situation for the PS3 for another couple of months, unfortunately, because we could sell a lot more hardware than what we have on both that (the PS3) and the Wii platform. We do believe that the Wii will come into stock quicker than the PS3. So we do anticipate that those shortages should have bade some time before the next couple of months."
Paul Raines added, "In hardware, we continue to see tightness of supply, but are working with our console manufacturers to accelerate through our supply chain any inventory that becomes available". He then went on to talk about Move and Natal, "In terms of the Sony Move motion controller and Microsoft's Project Natal, we are optimistic about the opportunity for these devices to transform the gaming experience on these consoles. We have seen the gameplay on both technologies, and are working closely with the manufacturers to make sure GameStop will be the destination for both. Title development and product availability for both accessories will be critical for their success".
PlayStation Move stock shortages