PlayStation 4, Xbox One breaking records at Amazon

Outside of Kindles, combined preorder sales for both consoles would make up largest product release in Amazon's history across all categories.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are breaking records at Amazon, the retailer behemoth announced today. With three days to go before the PS4 launch on Friday, Amazon said it is working hard to prepare its fulfillment centers for what it expects to be "unprecedented demand" for the video game category this holiday season.

Excluding Kindles, if Amazon were to combine preorder sales of the PS4 and Xbox One it would make up the "largest product release in Amazon history" across all categories worldwide. This is "especially noteworthy," Amazon said, given the platforms' $400 and $500 price points.

Amazon also said preorders for the day-one versions of the PS4 and Xbox One were nearly two times that of total video game sales on Black Friday 2012. Specific figures were not announced.

Sony expects to ship more than 5 million PS4 units by the end of its fiscal year in March 2014. Meanwhile, Microsoft has not disclosed Xbox One sales expectations, though Electronic Arts management said during a call last month that both consoles are expected to ship around 10 million combined units by the end of that period.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

553 comments
johnpombrio
johnpombrio

Folks are complaining that Amazon is breaking their PS4s in shipping due to inadequate packaging. Looking a the photo above, SONY is shipping pallets of PS4s 10 boxes high across the waved filled Pacific Ocean in shipping containers. Which is more likely to break that PS4 down at the bottom of those pallets?

Merseyak
Merseyak

ahh yes the warehouse pic where your console starts its journey of being smashed around and dropped haha

johnnymassacre
johnnymassacre

This is a laughably biased review under pressure from Activision. This is the biggest entertainment franchise in the world and, much like the movie industry (but worse), the video game industry is totally bent over by the PRs,

How can you attempt to give the "it's total shit BUT if you look on the brightside it's totally good" spin to the following line:

"It doesn't reinvent the series' familiar formula but it does gleefully tug at the boundaries. There are huge fully drivable vehicle levels … by tank and … by helicopter. There's a subdued scuba mission with a gorgeous sense of atmosphere [there's an underwater level]. And at one point you EVEN go into outer space! [there's a space level]."

If this is "tugging at the boundaries" of the FPS genre you are either A) Not fit to write a review or B) Pressured by the PR of the publisher. Of course it's the latter; I am not revealing anything scandalous or new, but a lot of people that don't know the ins and outs of the industry might be persuaded by this review, and that is unacceptable.

And listen to this psychobabble!

"But whether it's huge vehicular play spaces or something more tightly scripted the unifying theme to all of that is that the combat is free to stand on its own two legs." Translation: "Whether you're in a vehicle or playing an on-rails section of the game the combat is free." That's a juxtaposition in the latter case.

This game is beyond a parody of itself now; it's a parody or a parody of a parody ad infinitum … it's the worst manifestation of over-the-top Americana. It's a monster truck with a fridge in the back, a kitchen sink, a dog, a piano and a putting green. For all I know this version of COD is amazing, but judging by the spin of the review that tries to persuade viewers something this clichéd is actually fresh tells me otherwise.

jhcho2
jhcho2

"Console gaming is dying."  - random analyst

(Yeah right...)

tightwad34
tightwad34

Yup, the industry sure looks to be in turmoil/trouble. I say this at the talking heads who think something's wrong. I just don't see it and never have.

soulless4now
soulless4now

That picture brings tears to my eyes. Oh the joy. :)

hadlee73
hadlee73

Who's bothered by a console war? Not Amazon!

NeleNel
NeleNel

Sweet mother, look at all those systems...

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Hey guys. For someone who has no pre order. WIll they be able to get a console in the up coming months? My cousin's idiot self forgot to do a pre order... I cant wait until Friday for my Ps4 but he on the other hand is uspset.

adro191
adro191

set the buiding on fire, and insurance companies will finally pay for ripping me off on 1st year of driving a car!!!

Stiler
Stiler

The amazon warehouse near me has been putting ads all over the place for "seasonal" workers, guess I know why.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

New Job Opportunity: Amazon Warehouse - Fork Lift Truck Driver

Fully qualified experienced Fork Lift Truck Drivers required to move a few pallets

Ideal applicants must be familiar and comfortable working in a warehouse environment, and must not be colour blind

Competitive rates of pay, with lots and lots and lots and lots of Overtime available.

: )

ahmad1080
ahmad1080

I haven't been enthusiastic about consoles like now, I am preparing my custom Steering Wheel Stand for Forza 5

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I would not like to be working in those distribution centres this holiday season. I don't think manic would even begin to describe it.

wookiegr
wookiegr

I see my pre-order on that pallet, you see it? It's the fifth one down row 4 in column 90 row 45. Amazon delivered my Killzone today and we are both looking at the console together.

allever
allever

This next generation could be all about micro transactions and DLCs... They may sell us games for $60 that look like DEMO versions, with the real contents coming as DLCs for money grabs.

For example: Battlefield 4, Call of Duty Ghost, Forza 5, etc..

kritvichu
kritvichu

Damn It!!! After spending on a new tablet and phone, I still have to pay for tuition, rent, utilities, phone bill,... etc. I'm almost broke. With my little income on 2 jobs, it'll be a long time to buy a new console. I'll stick with my PS3/XB360 for now.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I would just like to wish everybody that's getting a PS4 at midnight this Friday an awesome gaming experience to kick off the next generation. It's about fuckin time!!!

I'll be kicking it off myself next Friday, when I pick up my Xbox One. I can't wait!

We're stepping into a new era guys. Lets not defile it with petty bickering. We have a clean slate to start over. We all fall under the same banner as gamers, regardless of which platform we use. Lets start down this new road together, as a community banded together. Brothers In Arms

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Guys, which ever platform you choose enjoy it, love it and have a blast, cos this Generation is gonna be great : )

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

I know I'll be having a blast playing on my PS4 when I get it on Friday, hope those getting the X-1 next week will have a great time also

bouff
bouff

@RiKanKiDD In the US I would imagine that there will be at least 1 more shipment coming in before Xmas, I would tell your cousin to pre-order one anyway and hope that he/she can get one in time. 

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@allever 

I don't mind MicroTransactions if they add longevity to a game I love, as they can be like a fresh coat of paint.  Borderlands 2 is a great example this.  IMO anyway.

rolla020980
rolla020980

@thenephariouson 

Gonna play my 360 until they stop releasing games. We will see where things go with these new consoles. If these were $300, I might think about it, but $400 is too much let alone $500.

cupz86
cupz86

@freedom01 hoping for a thursday late afternoon delivery on november 21st :)

A_Rabid_Dog
A_Rabid_Dog

@thenephariouson @allever I dislike microtransactions because it is an excuse for a lot of devs to be lazy when creating their game. They make a lack-luster game and try to make up for it by forcing the player to invest more money. That or they don't properly balance game mechanics as they should and introduce microtransaction power-ups to help you get through levels.

It's a lame excuse and one too many developers are utilizing lately. When EA announced that "microtransactions are the future", I finally rescinded all my hope in them as a company. 

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@rolla020980 @thenephariouson 

Fair enough mate, I have no doubt that prices will come down relatively quickly, in addition to some very attractive bundles which are surely to become available after the new year.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@stlmemrie @freedom01 definitely a great month : )

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@cupz86 @freedom01 All retailers shipping out and selling these consoles are going to be very busy 

Jay2528
Jay2528

@Stevo_the_gamer It would not be surprising to see some bundles come out early next year if sales numbers for the PS4 and Xbox One are fairly even. I think Sony and Microsoft are going to do everything they can to beat each other in sales. Then again, maybe it is just wishful thinking on the part of some of us to expect bundles so quickly, we will see.

tomservo51
tomservo51

@jd7904 What if SN turned out to be Stevo!!! That would be like watching the ending of the shinning for the first time!!

jd7904
jd7904

" Ok SN"

or is it Stevo?? :-/

cupz86
cupz86

@Grenadeh @cupz86 @freedom01 yeah ill be checking for yal that got ps4 from them to see if yal got them thursday....cuz it kinda sucks that we have to wait til the evening the next day for them while everyone else gets it at midnight but saving 35-50 in sales taxes i can bare with it :)