Updated Pre-Order Game Charts For US: Time To Discuss
Oh, there are all sorts of potential discussion topics.
Check out the updated pre-order charts for the US region. There's plenty of intrigue goin' on there, huh?
First: Grand Theft Auto V for both the PS3 and Xbox 360 tops the list by a long shot. There are more pre-orders for the 360 version but that's to be expected, as there are many more 360 owners in the US. However, the gap isn't big enough to represent the 360/PS3 user base gap in this country, so I think the implication is that a slightly higher percentage of PS3 owners have pre-ordered GTAV.
Second: For all those who think PlayStation fans are wrong to say Xbox 360 fans tend to prefer shooters more often, look at that chart. Both Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 for the 360 are out-pre-ordering their PS3 counterparts by an almost exact 2:1 ratio. That's double, yes? And by the way, they're the two most pre-ordered titles for the 360 (next to GTAV), while it's interesting to note that Tales of Xillia, an anticipated JRPG, is the most pre-ordered PS3 game next to GTAV. No difference in gaming tastes, huh? That has never been true.
Third: What's interesting about the latter is how that may translate to the new generation. It could just be that the PS4 is more popular right now, or it could be that shooter fans are spilling over and will (eventually) blanket both PlayStation and Xbox platforms equally. The PS4 iteration of Ghosts is actually ahead of the Xbox One version on the pre-order chart, and by a significant amount. It's an even bigger gap for Battlefield 4. Perhaps another explanation is in order- A higher percentage of PlayStation fans are simply more avid, more hardcore gamers, are are planning to jump into the new generation sooner. Hence, higher pre-order numbers.
Fourth: Watch Dogs is the most pre-ordered next-gen title. But only the PS4 version; it seems the Xbox One version is nowhere to be found. As we haven't heard anything about the PS4 version being superior in some way, nor has Ubisoft promoted the game more heavily for the PlayStation side, it's an interesting result. Maybe the Xbox followers are still just too absorbed with shooters...or again, maybe a lot more gamers are on PlayStation's bandwagon heading into the new generation. That'd be pretty impressive, too, especially considering that the US has been Xbox territory for years. Through the entire current era, in fact.
Fifth: Why is Pokemon still around?
8/7/2013 9:56:31 PM Ben Dutka