When reading through N4G comment sections there are often links given to Amazon pre-order tables for the next generation of consoles. The reason for this is likely that there are no official figures to work with and, with Amazon being rather a large multinational online retailer, they're about the closest thing any of us has to comment on.
Sometimes people link to the current "Movers and Shakers" chart (or equivalent) but as that is only a snapshot of the sales rank based on sales in the past 24 hours vs the time prior to that, it doesn't give a useful picture of what the state of play is.
Similarly, while both nexgen consoles are heading for a large scale or worldwide release, it's rare to see preorder sales details for anywhere other than the USA.
So, after seeing a post by MysticStrummer that linked to the various Amazon sites around the globe, I took it upon myself to locate each of the "2013 seales-to-date" charts in the Video Games sections of each site and tracked down both the ps4 and Xbox One day one, bundle-free editions in the top 100 (if present). In the image you will see my findings with a handy comparison figure showing how far apart the consoles are from each other.
I'm not going to go into any kind of deep analysis of these numbers as they effectively speak for themselves, with ps4 sitting ahead in each and every region where one or both consoles chart. I omitted Austria as their chart seemed to be identical to the German chart and given the close nature of both countries I guessed that both were essentially the same operation. As for France and Italy having the same results (ps4 placed 19th, xb1 uncharted), this doesn't seem to be the case here, just a coincidence, looking at other results the charts were seen to be different. The chart only shows the relative sales position of each console, there are no hard numbers and obviously this is only a single retailer, albeit arguably the largest multinational out there.
I decided to take a look at these charts when I was surprised to see a large gap (35 places) in the preorders for the UK. I'm not trying to suggest anything much can be read into the gap simply because, for all we know, all items between ps4 and xb1 could have sold in very similar numbers. However, considering the ABBA dance game on Wii has sold more than xb1 preorders so far in 2013, it is likely there is something of a gap (either that or ABBA are back in a big way in 2013). Personally, I always considered the UK to be an Xbox stronghold, possibly the only region outside North America where Microsoft are known to have a healthy lead over Sony for the current generation of consoles... but these numbers seem to suggest otherwise for the coming generation, at least at this very early stage - while I am aware this is only pre-orders and just a single retailer, the difference is surprising.
Perhaps more surprising are the French and Italian charts - the xb1 does not even make the top 100 sellers of 2013 so far. Maybe these countries are just not big on pre-orders? It certainly seems that Japan prefers to buy video game items it can have right now as neither console registers in the top 100.
Spain and Germany/Austria show a healthy 15-place lead for ps4, but more interestingly with Sony's new console in first place for these territories, ahead of big sellers such as Live Gold and The Last Of Us.
Feel free to let me know what these figures mean to you in the comments below.
The Amazon preorder sales chart for nexgen consoles throughout Amazon regions.