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Another retailer has come forward to confirm that the PlayStation 4 is outpacing the Xbox One in pre-order sales by a considerable margin. How considerable? Try a margin of two-to-one. The news is likely to cause a lot of fanboys to huff and puff and fill out their butthurt forms, but the numbers don't lie.
Now Gamers caught wind of the news from Console Deals, where the online retailer noted that they have the PlayStation 4 accounting for more than 25% of sales and the Xbox One barely equating to 12%.
According to the site owner of the UK-based e-tailer, Phil Jones, a lot of the sales disparity comes from the fact that the PlayStation 4 is cheaper and feature-rich, where-as the Xbox One is more expensive and trailing behind in the game, with Jones stating...
"The overall power and performance between the two consoles is very similar, and with a smaller range of unique IPs available on Xbox One, and an inflated price compared to its competitor, we are seeing gamers leaning towards the PS4."
While some fanboys will argue until their guts shrivel up into thin sacks of flappy skin, the reality is that the launch line-up of the PlayStation 4 just looks far more promising. While the Xbox One has some AAA exclusives like Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse and Dead Rising 3 as part of their launch line-up, the cold, hard truth of the matter is that a lot of gamers just aren't interested in force-fed Hollywood blockbuster bull-crap anymore.
Forza Motorsport 5 really isn't anything new, and perhaps if Forza 4 had recently released gamers (including myself) could have been more excited for the fifth outing in the titular racing series. That's not to mention that cars previously available as part of the package in the older Forza games are relegated to DLC, instantly making the purchase feel less special or necessary.
Ryse has so many problems that it's not even worth getting into, other than to say that after being downgraded from 1080p to 900p, having people call it boring and having tons of hoopla surrounding its QTE-ness (and for those of who don't have a loving relationship with the English language, that doesn't mean “cuteness”) it's hard to think that too many people are still excited for the game.
The only game that didn't have a parade of controversy surrounding it is Dead Rising 3, but it also doesn't have a parade of excitement surrounding it either.
Couple lackluster AAA titles with a ton of negative press for the Xbox One and it's easy to see why a lot of people just wouldn't be inclined to pre-order the the set-top box masquerading as an interactive home entertainment device.
That's not to mention that Microsoft has pulled so many 180s for the Xbox One that it effectively evolved into the Xbox 720p.
On the flip side, Sony has been rolling in positive public opinion, and they have a diverse line-up of games that console gamers will be able to enjoy, from kids all the way up to adults. That's not to mention that Sony has more than a hundred games in store for PS4 owners throughout its first year on the market.
With the official release of the consoles drawing near, we'll soon be able to tell how well each console will do when they launch and analysts will be able to track the sales leading up to the end of 2013.