Microsoft really know how to build hype. Thats why there the biggest software company in the world. Don't worry you will be able to walk into shops on the 2nd and buy a XBox 360. Im convinced 200K + machines will be available in the UK on day one. It seems like the whole world has pre-ordered one, but thats because we are reading sites thats just about the XBox 360. Im betting 100-120K pre-orders have been taken so far. Im confident of being able to walk into a 24HR Tesco Extra a few hours before, or a PC World the next day, and being able to get one off the shelf. It might be harder to find that component HDTV cable i want though.