With both Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen gamers to hit retailers later this year, pre-orders have reportedly kicked off with a bang as Amazon confirms the rival consoles are helping break pre-order records across the leading online retailer.
“Last week, the Amazon Video Games store made history with its biggest pre-order week ever thanks to the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4,” an official statement from the company has confirmed. It added: “In fact, at the peak of demand last week, Amazon customers were pre-ordering more than 2,500 Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles per minute.”
While Xbox One pre-orders had originally been leading the way, last week’s confirmation of both console’s official pricing saw Sony’s next-gen offering overtake its bitter rival. With the Xbox One price set at £429, Sony undercut the Microsoft console by £80, announcing the PS4 price as £349.
With Amazon suggesting the new consoles have seen gaming related pre-orders soar 4,000 per cent year on year, the retailer has added that day-one advanced sales for the two console double the number of games sold on Black Friday last year, a day renowned for its shopping boom.
Far from the only retailer to have expressed strong uptake of the two new gamers, Blockbuster recently claimed that the PS4’s more tantalizing price saw interest in the PS3 follow-on increase dramatically overnight.
The company’s head of products added: “We are absolutely thrilled with the amazing response to our pre-order service for both the PS4 and Xbox One!”
With interest in the pair of consoles expected to outstrip launch supplies, a number of retailers are already limiting customers to just a single pre-order each.
Addressing the potential stock limitations Sony’s Global Head of the PlayStation Business, Andrew House stated: “demand may well outstrip supply.”
He added: “The company is shifting its internal projections for the product after favourable reaction to the company’s presentation Monday.”
Fergal Gera, Head of Sony PlayStation UK added: “We’ll do our best to have plenty of stock for gamers in the UK.”
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