Amazon: Xbox One & PS4 pre-orders hit peak of over 2,500 consoles per minute

Last week, Microsoft and Sony officially launched pre-orders for its Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles during E3 2013. At that time, Amazon claimed that the online retailer sold out most of its Xbox One Day one inventory in its first four hours of availability.

Today, Amazon sent Neowin a press release via email with some more information on its next-gen consoles sales. Most of the info is pretty vague but it's clear that Amazon's Video Games division had a big week last week thanks to Xbox One and PS4 pre-orders. According to Amazon it had the biggest pre-order week ever for its Video Games store, adding, "Day-one pre-orders for the two consoles was nearly two times that of all video games sales on Black Friday last year (2012)."

Amazon went on to add that for the week of E3 2013, the number of orders on Amazon's Video Games website increased by over 4,000 percent compared to E3 2012. Nintendo announced more details about its Wii U console last year at E3 but did not actually launch pre-orders for the console at that time.

The only real concrete info Amazon offered in its press release this week was this statement, "In fact, at the peak of demand last week, Amazon customers were pre-ordering more than 2,500 Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles per minute." That's a lot of consoles being bought, no matter how you look at it.

Amazon did not discuss just how much revenue it generated last week for its Video Games section. We have emailed them to find out if they have an info on just which console received the most pre-orders, but have yet to hear from them.

Source: Email press release | Image via Microsoft

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you cant really say activates 1 million gaming capable phones per day, and that means mobile gaming is booming. i dont game at all on my phone, i did do when i first got it but got bored, if i want play a game itll be crysis, rift, earth and beyond, funnily enough you could prolly play enb on ya mobile by now but they cant be put into the same league.

let's say that at best they double the number of sales. This means that at the current rate, sony or MSFT sold about 70 million consoles in 7 years. Or 10 million per year. If we double demand for consoles (which is in fact in decline), we end up at a pathetic 20 million per year.

Android activates 1 million gaming capable phones per day. That doesn't include ipads and iphones which are eating the gaming market for lunch too. And doesn't include pcs for gaming and windows gaming tablets.

In other words, the console market, even if it doubled overnight, would amount to a fly under the shoe of mobile gaming...where the future is at.

... Are you high? Not everyone who owns a phone plays games on it, not only that they don't sit down and have gaming sessions on their phones. Youre talking about two completely different markets here

Gaming capable android phones.
To do what? Play 30 year old emulated games?
The only one actually moving into the mobile game market is Sony with their Xperia and PS capable phones.

Can't say there is much interesting in any phone market besides casual games.
a ported GTA what is it, 3? or LS? probably comes closest.

neonspark said,
In other words, the console market, even if it doubled overnight, would amount to a fly under the shoe of mobile gaming...where the future is at.

Mobile gaming may be the future, but they are not the present.

Console games currently generate 7x the revenues of mobile games. It takes a lot of 99-cent app purchases to equal the revenues from a single console game.

Amazon did not discuss just how much revenue it generated last week for its Video Games section.
I would imagine not much more than usual, seeing how they don't actually charge your credit card until the product ships. We'll have to wait till November 13th to see how many consoles were sold.

I will get mine from either Futureshop or Best Buy. I support local retail stores. PS4 for me though. Last night, finished The last of US. That was awesome games unlike Left4Dead where you just keep shooting at Zombies non-stop.

Auditor said,
I will get mine from either Futureshop or Best Buy. I support local retail stores. PS4 for me though. Last night, finished The last of US. That was awesome games unlike Left4Dead where you just keep shooting at Zombies non-stop.

Futureshop/Bestbuy isn't a local retail store, in the sense that you should be supporting. They are huge stores who don't care if you order online or offline. When people say "Support local businesses" you have the wrong definition of what that means.

xendrome said,

Futureshop/Bestbuy isn't a local retail store, in the sense that you should be supporting. They are huge stores who don't care if you order online or offline. When people say "Support local businesses" you have the wrong definition of what that means.


This! Nothing to add, just throwing support (since mobile view doesn't allow liking).

Auditor said,
I will get mine from either Futureshop or Best Buy. I support local retail stores. PS4 for me though. Last night, finished The last of US. That was awesome games unlike Left4Dead where you just keep shooting at Zombies non-stop.
As stated above if you consider BestBuy as a true local store youre not clear at all on the definition of the term. BestBuy is only different from Amazon in that it also has physical stores. But enjoy standing in line and paying taxes (would be an extra $28 in my state if I went to a store) while I pay 399.99 flat and get free shipping on release day (out of stock would affect us both so thats tossed aside).

Mulsivaas said,
It'll probably be a while, if ever, that we get to lay our eyes on such scrumptious and juicy deets.

Yeah. Unfortunately. I guess it depends if one of them thinks they're soundly winning... I could see Sony announcing their numbers if they felt safe they were higher than Microsoft's, which would in turn force Microsoft to respond.

But I don't think anyone feels that confident. LOL

Why, this will mainly be US market.
There's a big (scary) world outside the US you know

Oh wait I forgot, asian and european market isnt important.
Even though this year its estimated the EU (just union) market will surpass the US market. The asian market already far exceeds the US market anyways.

Shadowzz said,

Oh wait I forgot, asian and european market isnt important.


You should probably step down from your anti-US high horse. You might catch a cold up there.

Shadowzz said,
Why, this will mainly be US market.
There's a big (scary) world outside the US you know

Oh wait I forgot, asian and european market isnt important.
Even though this year its estimated the EU (just union) market will surpass the US market. The asian market already far exceeds the US market anyways.


Just so I understand and I'm clear, by market you mean people/users or buying power? or something else.

Pre-ordered mine from there and it is the first time I've ordered from ShopTo.
I used to be Amazon or the actual GAME shop I worked at, until it closed that is.
What is the experience with ShopTo like?
Do you get it on the day?

I've never brought hardware from shopto before, but I have purchased games which have always arrived a day earlier than release. I haven't ordered anything since last year so I can only assume there service is still as good as it was then. I've also pre-ordered GTA V.

pirajoc said,
Soon it will be over nine thousaaaaand(in Vegeta's voice obviously).

... In Vegeta's voice while he is smashing a Google Glasses.

Translation: Amazon states the obvious for free marketing by releasing no real information. Attention slaves: Go to Amazon.com

That isn't the obvious.. It is nice to know what rate they are selling. I found it interesting.. Stop being a negative nancy.

Hahaiah said,
Translation: Amazon states the obvious for free marketing by releasing no real information. Attention slaves: Go to Amazon.com

I know this post is pretty much useless for the XBone vs. PS4 debate but it's still nice to know. There was a lot of talk that there may not be a lot of demand for $400+ consoles in the age of cell phone games and such with people pointing to the failure that is the Wii U as evidence. It's good to see those idiots were wrong and there is in fact still strong demand for premium consoles.