UK Xbox One pre-orders ahead of PS4, although PS4 enjoys post Xbox spike

MCV has received word from retail sources that pre-orders for the Xbox One are tracking ahead of PS4 in many UK stores.

In fact, one told us that in the 24 hours after Xbox One’s reveal last week the total number of pre-orders it received for Microsoft’s machine outstripped the total number of PS4 pre-orders it had accrued since Sony’s reveal in February.


Some" retailers = the ones MCV spoken to.From different chains, for those asking.And Blockbuster is not one of them.

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TheLyonKing1967d ago

1. who are the retailers?
2. sources e.g number of stores etc?
3. Sony annoucned theres in Feb with no box
4. wait til E3 and we will see true pre order as more info will be available.

NewMonday1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

the dedicated fanbase will by their favorite brand no matter what, the key will be "swing customers" who by what is best for themselves.

at the start you can't get a real indication of general popularity, the WiiU and Vita all started strong but after the core fans got their systems sales fell sharply. the pace of sales after the holidays will give the real picture.

DoesUs1967d ago

"the dedicated fanbase will by their favorite brand no matter what, the key will be "swing customers" who by what is best for themselves."

Very well said.

thechosenone1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

bu..but PS4 is #1 on amazon in the UK. Amazon > small mom&pop shops. The console wars have begun!

JokesOnYou1967d ago

Well Im sure if they said ps4 pre orders were higher then nobody would question it....that said pre orders dont mean a whole lot, people are fickle.

SilentNegotiator1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )


Boy, you sure do love to pretend like all appropriate doubt against anything Xbox is the fault of Playstation fans. is clearly being selective with their pre-order articles, which you might see if you weren't too busy going "bu...bu...but teh PS fanbois! If it were the other way!"

If, if, if...
If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts...

All they did was dial some random stores, FFS.

JokesOnYou1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

Silent, I'm not arguing whether or not these pre orders are significant, in fact I said it doesnt mean much.

Yet you did all that "if" blah, blah ranting but you still never denied my assumption, so I'll ask you directly, if the headline was about PS4 pre-orders tracking aheead of XBox One would this thread be full of so much doubt/negative comments? Whats wrong with exposing hypocrisy? Why does the truth bother you so much?

S2Killinit1967d ago

I do agree with you somewhat, but to answer your question of course people wouldn't question it, it would be consistent with what they believe. "most" gamers believe that Playstation should kick butt. Will it? I don't know, but I sure do hope so...

SilentNegotiator1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

"if the headline was about PS4 pre-orders tracking aheead of XBox One would this thread be full of so much doubt/negative comments? Whats wrong with exposing hypocrisy? Why does the truth bother you so much? "

It would if the "evidence" was some site calling a couple of random stores, like this article.

NobleTeam3601967d ago

@ thechosenone your link shows xbox one on top not PS4.

JokesOnYou1966d ago (Edited 1966d ago )

Silent, even the most loyal sony fan knows the answer to that question, I understand we disagree about different gaming choices/topics/consoles but for a second I thought we could call a spade a spade guess not cause frankly that answer gave me nasim flashbacks, lol....oh well enjoy your night Sir.,

lol, thechosenone, cool name but the xbox one is #1 on your own link....when fanboyism goes wrong...priceless!

SilentNegotiator1966d ago (Edited 1966d ago )


In your head it might be a spade, but that doesn't make it a spade. In the same situation (a cheap website claiming a pre-order lead by dialing random locations - with little elaboration) with a Ps4 lead would get the same eye rolls and expressions of doubt if Ps4 were the ONE being so poorly received.

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Skips1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

"in UK stores."

... oh. Well that explains it... Wonder how it is for the rest of Europe. :o

andrewsqual1967d ago

We have 1100 preorders on PS4 and 250 on Xbox One and that is in Ireland. There is no way that stores in the UK have more preorders. They MAY have taken more last week for the Xbox One but not total. Also we even have a lot of people who cancelled their Xbox Ones the last 7 days when they learned about all the post reveal details.

LeRise1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

By the way, it's easy to explain.
PS4 isn't even shown, that's why many people can't pre-order a console. Would you buy a gaming machine with unknown design?
Second: we still don't know exact details about built-in DRM. Smart customers won't buy a console unless they know the details pretty well.

And again: people, who can deal with always-online already preordered Xbox. People who don't like this idea still wait for PS4 no-DRM confirmation.

You'll see, the PS4 preorders will outstrip XB1 after the E3 reveal.

HammadTheBeast1967d ago

Main reason why Xbox is beating PS4 in pre-orders?

The console design has been seen.

I've asked around in both Gamestop and my Best Buy and they've told me the exact thing.

"Wait for E3" lol.

Ilovetheps41967d ago

As far as I know, Gamestop and Best Buy aren't taking preorders. So, how would they know?

Mustang300C20121967d ago

Exactly I already asked Gamestop and they said they are waiting for official prices from both to start pre-orders which should be the during E3 so dude is talking out of his ass.

DevilishSix1967d ago

Also, Amazon isn't taking preorders yet. All you can do is sign up to be notified when it is available to pre-order. This article is bunk.

abzdine1967d ago

This must be one of Microsoft's lame jokes.
No retailers are known so this must be bs.
I don't really care though this isn't the machine I'm buying.
4>1 for all gamers

Boody-Bandit1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

Not "buying" these preorder claims. Not one source is listed. No site should be allowed to make up phony claims while not listing a single retailer or actual source.

Here in NA I check a few times a week looking for any company that will accept preorders and I always come up with 0 waiting on word when they will start accepting preorders. So far all they are offering is being placed on an announcement list for when they will start accepting preorders. I hope that actually works because for once I want the ability to preorder instead of having to camp out over night at a store like a Neanderthal. I will if I have to but I'd rather preorder if possible.

Ilovetheps41967d ago

I actually had to camp out to preorder the PS3. I waited 18 and a half hours in line to preorder the system. They got four systems at the store and I was the fourth person in line. I thought it was a rather fun experience.

Boody-Bandit1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

Depends on the weather. I camped out over night a few times. 2 times was a blast camping out at Best Buy with friends. People were throwing around frisbeees and footballs, blasting music, making food runs for the masses while holding their places in line.

The last couple times I went at it alone and it was freezing out. When I camped out for the PS3 it was both cold and raining. I had a tent but all it did was keep me dry. The minutes felt like hours. I swore never again. I'm too old for that sh!t. Than again, there were people much older than me toughing it out. I am just getting soft.

If I have to. I will break out the gear once again. I'd rather camp out than play retail tag the first thing in the morning several times a week.

merciless1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

This is a lie! I live in the UK and we have one main store called "GAME" yes you can buy from elsewhere but this store is the go to place for uk gamers.

I was at my local game store on sunday and was told that the ms numbers don't match ps4 preorders when you take the same period of time. He told me it was close to four ps4's for every one x1 during the initial weeks after each reveal.

I'm calling this story completely fabricated by ms and their associates. on UK gaming forums, nobody is pre ordering and even ms' die hard fan are so upset they say they are waiting until after e3. This story is BS

Much like the other UK story about Amazon(uk) having x1 as most desired when it was being released in 2013 with the ps4 set for release in 2020

TheLyonKing1967d ago

My mate works at Game in aberdeen Bon accord he said there has been a couple of people putting a place holder on the xbone but there has been more demand for the ps4

MRMagoo1231966d ago

the main place to preorder here in Australia is EB games its the same as game in the uk (i have lived int he uk myself for about 8 years) and at EB games they have been telling customers to go for the ps4 (which is the complete opposite that they did for the ps3 360 launch times) It just seems to be ps4 is going to be far more popular from the get go.

lilbrat231967d ago

What I am waiting for E3 :-D than the next day go pre-order. :-)

ijust2good1967d ago

Well its the UK...XBOX 360 console is dominating in this country.

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MRMagoo1231966d ago

Because all the rude boys seem to think its gansta to have a 360 lmao, i knew a few in stevenage when i was living there that thought that.

GameCents1967d ago

Not sure what E3 will change. Xbox One has outsold ps4 in one single week without showing games.
I shudder to think what E3 will do to these numbers seeing as Microsoft have been talking about how they'll focus on just games there.

This saddens me. Gaming as we know it is about to be changed forever.

jwatt1967d ago

It just switched to xb1 being number 1

Anon19741967d ago

I'm always sceptical of these types of articles that neither reveal their numbers or sources. MCV reported on the Blockbuster nonsense too, trumpeting Xbox One pre-orders when they weren't even allowing pre-orders for the PS4 and there seems to be no evidence that Blockbuster in the UK has ever done a pre-order on a console system in the past other than the Wii-U.

At least it's correctly labelled a rumor as there doesn't appear to be any evidence to actually support these claims. I'm not saying it's not possible they're correct, I just wish if they were going to report something like this they'd have something solid. I guess anything for hits...

popup1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

I must admit that although, so far, it seems to me that the Xbox One has received nothing but bad press and that anyone who has shown any interest in investing a bit of time to compare the two, would certainly favour Sony over MS.

The odd thing is that in general conversation with friends, work colleagues and others, I have found quite a strong following for the XB1.

Not only do I find this very odd but also very interesting in the way that many people simply think it is a new Xbox to replace their old Xbox that their circle of mates (the lads) have too.

GraveLord1967d ago

Was the PS4 even available for pre-order back when it was announced? Hell even the current Xbox one and PS4 prices are placeholders. Until both get officially priced, this really has no meaning.

Thunderhawkxbox1967d ago

Every website in uk taking pre order for ps4 and Xbox one I know it's really hurtful for Sony fans hearing Xbox doing better lol

The_HarryEtTubMan1966d ago

I don't believe this means very much at this point. After E3, it will say a lot more.

Psn8001966d ago (Edited 1966d ago )

This is Microsofts way of spin doctoring the web .

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FrigidDARKNESS1967d ago

Retilers like Sears Kmart Targets Walmart Best Buy Fry's Electronics Wlmart ect....well anyway this is awesome news for th xbox one.

IRetrouk1967d ago

Not one of those is in the uk lol

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Ilovetheps41967d ago

Literally none of those retailers are taking preorders on the consoles yet. Preorders don't matter. I'm one of the 500,000 people who preordered a Wii U at Gamestop (yes that's Gamestop alone), and that console isn't doing so well sales wise. So, preorders rarely matter. But even if they did, wouldn't we wait to see how many preorders the big chains get instead of the mom and pop stores (and Game even though it's not in US)

ltachiUchiha1967d ago

E3 will see where most ppl's money will go. Right now sony has the core base in its favor, this is the gamers u want to attract 1st when launching a new system because they are the die hards who buy consoles at launch. If u really think the casual gamers will be sitting outside waiting for a $500 console then test your fate at e3 & leave the core base unhappy, u will see bad sales for a while.

MikeMyers1967d ago

You're right, we still have months to go before any of these even ship to retailers. We also haven't even heard the full story of what each system will offer, what all the games will be and more importantly the price. There is also no confirmation what regions they will come out in this year.

I think it's a bit silly to be pre-ordering any of them until we know more.

Sony needs to do better in North America and Microsoft needs to do better pretty much everywhere outside of North America and the UK. We'll see who changes peoples perspectives more.

ltachiUchiha1967d ago

See the thing is, sony has done it before in the US with the original playstation & the ps2 & I can see it happening again but it will have to compete from now on to win the US over. The real question is can microsoft win over japan? Its still yet to be known.

MikeMyers1967d ago

"The real question is can microsoft win over japan?"

Short answer, no. Not unless the Xbox One surprises us all and becomes a must have device where Japan will eventually jump onboard as well like they did with the ipod. Right now the big black box probably doesn't seem to appealing to them just by the sheer size of it.

JokesOnYou1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

No its not really revelant if micro can compete in Japan I mean basicly they werent even a factor in Japan with 360 and still manage to tie ps3 up until now with all the new consoles announced. So that would suggest to me if they can just simply improve in Europe outside the UK, continue there strong presence in the UK, and of course have a similar gap like this gen in the US, then Japan doesn't matter, any minor gains there would just be a moral victory. I have no doubt they will have similar success in the US & UK, as for the others Im not sure.

rainslacker1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

I personally would preorder a PS4 now without knowing about the software(which luckily we already know a lot) or price. Sony has never let me down. I'd rather have it lined up and ready to go, because it's possible to cancel a pre-order if you don't want it after other information comes out.

MikeMyers1967d ago

I think I'm going to wait on both systems. They all seem to have their growing pains in the beginning. Online issues, limited software, online services not ready at launch and so on. I still have quite the backlog of games to play on my PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. Gt6 will also keep me busy for months.

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Prcko1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

24 hours after Xbox One’s reveal last week the total number of pre-orders it received for Microsoft’s machine outstripped the total number of PS4 pre-orders :OO

project_pat361967d ago

Yet halfway through the Microdick's announcement Sony's stock jumped 9%

gamertk4211967d ago

Due to rumored plans to split Sony. Read some financial news for a change.

SlavisH21967d ago

sony stock has dropped back down to 20.10 a share. sorry back in your hole, lol.

GameCents1967d ago

That sounds like it was written in anger or with tears streaming. I don't like the X1 but come on people, facts are facts.

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EasilyTheBest1967d ago

Its madness this site, even this good news for the One and you still have ppl trying to down play it.
What next...
60% of ppl prefer the deeper black color of the One controller too the PS4s.
Yea but its to do with what lighting you are viewing the controller under.

Muerte24941967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

*No retailers have been specified
*There are no hard numbers to compare
*They've admitted to only speaking to some retailers
*never disclosed whether the retailers included online shops

People can easily counter this claim with this

Look at UK numbers. Out of 1,317, 1,172 are planning on getting a ps4. This is compared to only 144 getting Xbox One @ twitter. These are just showing intent but it at least has some numbers to go by. I must say it's looking pretty blue out there.