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PS4 and Xbox One help Amazon hit 4,000% yoy increase in console pre-orders

Friday, 21st June 2013 16:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Amazon has announced its Video Games Store has broken a record, thanks to PS4 and Xbox One. According to a statement the retailer sent over, there was a 4,000% year-on-year increase in console pre-orders during E3. Granted, the only console that came out was Wii U and 3DS XL – but still. The firm said pre-orders for the two consoles have been twice that of all video games orders made during Black Friday 2012 – a massive day for any retailer normally. At its peak, customers pre-ordered 2,500 next-gen consoles a minute during E3.

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11 Comments

  1. MCTJim

    Nice :D

    #1 2 years ago
  2. js779

    yeah, yeah… console market is dead… whatever! “PC, mobile and tablets is where it’s at now!” … oh, wait! PC market is dying, too. Like for sure this time. Hm, well guess Apple it is then. – NO! Apple is doomed and can’t innovate anymore! – Ok, ok, I got it. We have to stick with Android. No, Android is shit, ugly and Google is spying on us all! Damn. – Ah, now I know: Valve, the white knight in shining armor, will save us all with their cheap sales and the mighty Steambox. No more used game sales, just DRM! No Halo, no Uncharted but Half-Life and Left for Dead all day long, baby. – But, but… – No, no don’t worry, everything is fine. These are the good guys, they know exactly what everyone wants and will respect consumer rights. – But, will all PlayStation and Xbox fans just seize to exist then? All preordered consoles burned or thrown in the dust to rot? Will we, the fans, the buyers, be The Last of Us by then? – Guess we have to find out. Just hope is what we got left now.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. POOP CRUSTY

    Point is console market will never die. In a world were we constantly have things to make our lives easier. It’s a heck of a lot easier(and somewhat cheaper) to play on a console.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. actuallyisnotafox

    @3 i feel the same about retail, a quote awhile ago stated that online games will be lucky to even hit 1million dowloads, now considering how well most games do, i cant see :p so screw those guys who say consoles and retail will fade out

    #4 2 years ago
  5. diggidy

    But I thought the future of gaming was PC, Tablets and Smart Phones?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Ristas

    2500 consoles a minute? Wow.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. The_Red

    While Amazon sales are not the indication of future, this fills me with hope that PS4 / X1 are NOT headed for a crash like some Wii U fans were predicting (“Wait until PS4 / X1 posts numbers lower than Wii U!”).

    I was honestly worried and it is good to see 2 systems showing signs of great sales after the disasters that were Vita and Wii U (Both solid systems).

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OnionPowder

    2500 consoles a minute for how many minutes? That’s impressive if that’s the average over a period of let’s say an hour, but if it was for like 5 minutes or so that’s just inflated number BS.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. mistermogul

    4000 yoy yay!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Francis O

    Not hating on these numbers. But pre-orders really don’t mean much.

    -The Dreamcast had the most successful USA launch at the time it released
    http://www.shinforce.com/dreamcast/SalesRecord.ht

    -Gamecube’s initial sales outpaced the PS2 and Xbox’s http://money.cnn.com/2001/11/29/technology/ninten

    -PSP sales were on par with DS sales in Japan for the first few months

    http://www.gamespot.com/news/psp-sales-outpace-th

    #10 2 years ago
  11. The_Red

    @10
    I knew it :)

    Seriously though, all of those system failed because the 3rd parties mostly abandoned them. Wii U also had strong pre-orders.
    Then we can look at PS3 which didn’t have super strong pre-orders or even launch. It was doing pretty badly but even before Sony changed its ways, PS3 bounced back simply because every major third party including GTA4 and COD4 came for it.

    #11 2 years ago

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