Friday, June 21, 2013

Xbox One, PS4 set Amazon.com pre-order records

Now that prices and features have been revealed, pre-orders for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have really taken off, online retailer Amazon.com said on Friday. In an official statement, the company wrote:
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.

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.
The company added that, compared to last year's (notably next-generation-console-free) E3 week, the week of E3 saw a 4,000 percent increase in console purchases, year-over-year.

Also, the day-one pre-orders for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were, Amazon.com said, "nearly two times that of all video game sales on Black Friday last year."

Both consoles made a lot of news at E3, but not all of it was good. Microsoft's original requirement that the Xbox One check in daily -- online -- as a form of DRM angered many gamers. The company was forced to reverse its stance, as the PS4 began making hay with its more liberal Internet and used game policies.

Both consoles are expected to hit later this year, in time for the holiday, with rumors pointing to November for both.



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