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Xbox One Vs PS4 pre-orders so far in UK

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.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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I have pre-ordered the Xbox One. 🙂 for the following reasons… 1. Much better controllers. 2. Lower specs maybe, but the difference isn’t all that great that you’ll be able to notice it in any games. Look at PS3 vs. 360, PS3 had more power yet no games stood above their 360 counterparts and there wasn’t even any kind of Party communication even after 7 years. 3. If you lose any remotes, Kinect is right there. 4. Online processing. 5. Forza. 6. All my mates are on Xbox. 7. Never had any bad customer service with Xbox. 8. What’s all… Read more »


I’ve pre-ordered a PS4, I’m not really interested in the Xbox. From past experience the Playstation is better than Xbox and everything I’ve read/seen about the PS4 so far looks great. I don’t like the way Microsoft rip people off, Playstation exclusives are better and I’m not overly impressed with the new Xbox reveal in general.


I waited for the Xbox reveal, which then made it a simple decision to pre-order a PS4. Sorry MS, I’m not keen on the direction you’re heading. Pre-ordering now is a win-win. If Sony has a poor E3 showing (unlikely) or set the price too high then I can simply cancel the pre-order with nothing lost. If everything is spot on, then I’m already in the queue (before all those holding out to see the console in a few weeks).

Really looking forward to seeing what happens at E3 now…


I ordered the PS4, I don’t care what the box looks like, if it looks like a oversized vcr/dvd combo i’m fine with that.


Britons are used to being spied on , there are more cameras in britain than any other country on the world ,if you buy an xbox you are a sell out to the gaming community.


I don’t see why this is surprising. Microsoft showed off its entire console, and made clear more information than Sony did in February. It’s obvious the people that went out and pre-ordered the Xbox One were set on the console before it was even announced, likely because of the fact they’re already tied into the Xbox Live community. The numbers that come after E3 will dictate and give insight on the outcome and future of both Sony and Microsoft’s gaming divisions, the numbers don’t mean much, if anything, at the moment.

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