PS4, Xbox One Pre-Order Numbers: What Do They Really Mean?
First of all, you have to be willing to trust the acquired numbers at VGChartz. Some do, some don't.
If you do, that leads to several questions. The tallied pre-order numbers are only for the US, and are supposedly up-to-date through August 24, 2013. This would include the week of Gamescom, which turned out to be a huge event (over 340,000 visitors). Right now, the PS4 sits at 600,000 while the Xbox One has only a little more than half that number: 350,000.
So, what does this really mean? We've got mere months before the two systems release, although one has to assume that the Xbox One will have more off-the-shelf buyers. Well, provided there are any to buy if you didn't pre-order. This country has been a safe haven for the Xbox brand throughout this generation, and it stands to reason that Xbox will continue to be the console of choice for most gamers. Perhaps especially most casual/mainstream gamers. But what else do the numbers say?
Well, they can indicate that some well-documented online poll results aren't all that accurate. The pre-order ratio isn't even 2:1, while some of those polls - like the Facebook one that ended up 95% in favor of the PS4 - indicated an 8:1 or 9:1 ratio. Obviously, nobody expected the PS4 to outsell the Xbox One in the US by such a ridiculous margin, as 600,000 versus 350,000 essentially proves. But even so, that gap remains quite significant, and one wonders if it will continue to close over the next few months. Remember, Microsoft has made the system much more appealing by getting rid of certain highly questionable policies.
What do you say?
8/28/2013 9:52:55 PM Ben Dutka