Sony wasn't shy about having more than a million pre-orders for the PlayStation 4. Even more than that, GameStop reaffirmed Sony's figure with one of their own, matching 1.5 million people being on alert for when their pre-order would be ready for the PS4. Well, a confirmed Xbox One developer claims that the Xbox One has just as many pre-orders as the PS4.
Gaming Bolt spotted the news on a Reddit thread, where the Xbox One developer stated the following...
When I saw reports of Sony having a million or 1.5 million pre-orders for the PS4, I didn't even think twice about it. We're not disclosing pre-order numbers at the moment for accounting reasons but I know for a fact we have just as many. Don't be bogged by published statistics.
JIFGuy just the third comment down from the Xbox One dev's reply appropriately and accurately had this retort to share on the matter...
cough bullshit cough
I couldn't agree more.
The Xbox One dev tried to talk about other features no one who plays games seriously actually cares about, but there's one thing in this whole little damage-control-fiasco-waiting-to-explode that I would like to address: How on Earth can you say that your system has just as many pre-orders but you can't publish the numbers to verify that what you say is true?
Sorry to say but that's the biggest pile of donkey turds sculpted into internet text I've ever had the displeasure of reading. It's about the equivalent of someone saying “Hey look, this guy has weapons of mass destruction. Just trust us. He has them. Let's go blow up the country because it has weapons of mass destruction. See these blurry images we can't quite show the public? They prove there are weapons of mass destruction. We've got no further evidence and can't share any evidence with you. Just trust us... there are weapons of mass destruction.” Cue a pitiful war where people die for no reason.
Now I'm sure that Microsoft has an actual estimate of pre-orders for the Xbox One, but word around the mill is that it's closer to 700,000 than a million, and it's no where near the 1.5 million or so pre-orders for the PlayStation 4. That's not to mention that none of the polls, surveys or consumer buying habits fall in line with what the XB1 dev stated above.
In my own personal opinion, I would say this is number-mucking on behalf of the Xbox One dev's side and whether he was given the go-ahead to address the pre-order discrepancy (or lack of numbers thereof) remains to be seen, but it's obvious that you can't expect people to believe you just because you say so on the internet, otherwise my Ph.D in Trollonomics is worth more than Microsoft's doctorate in screw-you-consumerology. It must be true because I said so.