Amazon had its biggest preorder week ever, with early sales of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One leading the charge. At some points, over 2500 preorders for the next-gen consoles were being processed per minute, a 4000% increase over last year's E3 week console sales. In fact, taken together, Day One preorders smashed last year's Black Friday, with the Xbox One and PS4 combining to double not just console sales last year, but all video game related sales on what is traditionally the best sales day of the year. While the Playstation 4 took an early lead in the presale race, Microsoft has made a strong comeback. With their public reversal of their once a day connection requirement, as well as the lifting of the used game ban, the Xbox One has surged past the Playstation 4 to become the top selling item on Amazon.com.
With the fury of gamers everywhere descending upon the unveiling of the Xbox One, many had speculated whether or not Microsoft would be able to pull off a viable launch for their latest gaming centerpiece. However, these early indications seem to show that the gaming public has been mollified by Microsoft's willingness to change course. Some in the industry still harbor strong doubts regarding the Kinect and the ability of publishers to insert their own onerous DRM requirements, but this news from Amazon indicates that the public may be a little more willing to forgive. These preorder sale numbers have to be at least somewhat relieving to Don Mattrick and Co, although it is far too soon to tell how either console will do long term. As the launch of the Wii U illustrated, early numbers mean nothing if they can't be sustained, but if consumers are truly willing to give Microsoft another look, the Xbox One still has the potential to be a dominant force in the next-gen marketplace, with a wealth of exclusive titles and features.
Amazon has yet to release more specific sale numbers for either console, but rest assured that when they do, you'll read about it here on RivalCast Media.