Recent Xbox 360 supply shortages
were probably more to do with the fact that one of the Chinese OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) responsible for making the hardware had not yet been replaced.
Back in March 2007 we reported that
AOpen owner, Taiwan-based Wistron, would gradually discontinue the production of Xbox 360s for Microsoft in 2008, due to declining profits on production of the consoles.
This left Microsoft with two Chinese 360 makers in the form of Celistica and Flextronics.
Now a report in Digitimes indicates that the gap has been filled with Pegatron Technology and Unihan Technology, "two OEM makers spun off from Asustek Computer... will undertake the production at their factories in Suzhou, China, with an initial monthly shipment volume of about 500,000 units".
In a twist that will leave fanboys howling - we hope - Digitimes also points out that, "In addition to the Xbox 360, Pegatron and Unihan are undertaking OEM production of PlayStation 3 consoles for Sony, the sources noted".
So, maybe the shortages are not all about stockpiling inventory for the release of GTA IV