A press release sent to VG247 earlier today reveals that pre-orders for Xbox One are slightly ahead of PS4 on Amazon UK. The difference is brief: the Xbox One is leading by a mere 2.3% in sales.
The news may surprise some, considering the immense amount of negative press Xbox One has been facing. However, with E3 on the horizon, this small lead may well amount to nothing, as Sony has yet to reveal very much about the PS4.
Xavier Garambois, VP of retail at Amazon EU, commented on the long-term trend of these stats, saying that it is still unclear which next-gen console will come out with an advantage by their time of launch. ”What’s certain, though,” he added, “is that fans are already excited about how the next generation of consoles will change the world of gaming and home entertainment.”
Ketu Patel, head of video games at Amazon UK, noted his interest in seeing which console would come out as the must-have over the long haul.
“The fight for who’s going to be the must-have Christmas present is only just beginning. Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are set to have a huge impact, not just in terms of cutting edge games but also as part of the way in which families enjoy home entertainment.”
The press release also added that Xbox One has already beaten its predecessor’s pre-orders by 20%, according to figures taken from the time of Xbox 360’s 2005 launch.
This news comes ahead of updates that the Xbox One will use 3GB of its 8GB DDR3 RAM to run its OS, while the PS4 will only use 1GB of its GDDR5 RAM. Whether this is going to be a problem for Xbox One in the long run remains to be seen. At this time, most upcoming next-gen console games seem to only require 5GB RAM to run.
For a comparison of both consoles, check out our comparison chart.
Which console are you planning to get and why? Let us know in the comments!