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Microsoft ships incorrect Xbox 360 power cords, fires monkeys in shipping department

Updated 4 years ago
Published Sep 5th, 2007 6:02PM EDT

Nice job, Redmond. It seems that Microsoft has inadvertently shipped 20,000 American Xbox 360s to their European distribution channels. Uh oh. The biggest problem here is that the power supplies are completely incompatible with European outlets, rendering the massive pile of units completely useless. Nice move. Many European gaming stores and Microsoft outlets are said to be overflowing with consoles that they are unable to sell. Demand is still quite high for the console across the shore, but with little in the way of functional stock, most stores are having to turn customers away. Microsoft has not yet officially acknowledged the issue, but if you happened to be stationed overseas and are currently shopping for a new Xbox 360, pay extra attention to the components in the box before you leave the store.


Born with a cell phone in one hand and a tablet in the other, Josh Karp has followed his love of technology through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eight years of experience covering the wireless industry.