Despite the uncertainty towards some aspects of Microsoft’s new Xbox One console, it appears that initial pre-order figures for the system are showing no signs of slowing down whatsoever. Some new reports have emerged, suggesting that the Xbox One is actually outselling the Sony PS4 at the moment in the UK for pre-orders made.
This is particularly surprising, not just over the lingering issues over Kinect privacy, always-on internet connections and used-game fees, but because Microsoft are yet to show their true games lineup yet. This is because the May 21 was largely used to demonstrate the hardware and business plan, while E3 2013 next month will be used to focus solely on what games are coming for the system.
Despite that, UK consumers appear to be adamant that Microsoft’s next console is already the next-gen system of choice. MCV has published a report, citing their close source within the retail chain that Xbox One pre-orders are currently beating PS4 orders.
If true, this will be particularly refreshing for Microsoft, given the huge internet backlash the company has faced over the last week. It shows that consumers ultimately have the final say, and perhaps that fierce criticism of some aspects of the Xbox One still have no impact in their deciding factor on which console feels right for them.
Sony, on the other hand are likely to gain an even bigger PS4 following, once the actual console unit is shown next month. A good reason for Microsoft’s apparent pre-order victory in the UK could be solely due to the fact that we haven’t seen the PS4 hardware yet. Sony has already confirmed that hardware will be shown at E3, while the company will also reveal plans for their used-game strategy – another crucial factor in the decision making for consumers.
The question we want to know, is have you pre-ordered an Xbox One or PS4 in the UK yet? If so, what reasons do you give for picking that console of choice? Don’t forget you can reserve your console now from GAME for £20 if you have yet to do so.
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