E3 2013: Amazon reports high pre-orders for Xbox One

Microsoft quickly announced that pre-orders had begun for its upcoming Xbox One game console after its E3 2013 press conference on Monday. The $499 price tag is a little steep but that has not stopped some people from already putting down their money for the device.

The Xbox Wire website reports that one online retailer, Amazon, has already seen a huge demand for the Xbox One. John Love, the director of US Video Games and Software at Amazon, stated: 

We were thrilled by the unprecedented demand we saw for Xbox One today. In the first four hours of preorder availability, we sold through most of our Xbox One Day One Edition inventory. Customers eager to get an Xbox One should visit our store at Amazon.com/xboxone to ensure they keep up-to-date on the latest information. We are excited to be working with Microsoft to deliver the next generation of games and entertainment.

Neither Amazon nor Microsoft have given specific sales numbers for the Xbox One so far.

The Xbox One Day One package includes some exclusive packaging, as seen above, along with a limited edition controller that has the "Day One 2013" label in the middle, and a code to add a "Day One" achievement to your Xbox Live account.

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Make of it what you will, but here's Amazon's sales rankings...

Amazon top sellers in video game category:


PS4 at #1 and #3 for console.
XBox One at #2, and #11 for console
12 PS4 games
10 XBox One games
2 PS4 accessories


1. PS4 launch edition console
2. XBox One Day One edition
3. PS4 console
8. DualShock 4 gamepad
11. PS4 game
13. XBox One console
16. PS4 game
18. PS4 camera
19. PS4 game
24. PS4 game
28. XBox One game
30. XBox One game
32. XBox One game
34. XBox One game
37. PS4 game
43. PS4 game
48. XBox One game
49. XBox One game
54. PS4 game
55.XBox One game
58. PS4 game
74. PS4 game
76. PS4 game
82. PS4 game.
83. XBox One game.
84. PS4 game
89. XBox One game
92. XBox One game

This is just Microsoft fanboy hype, the same ones who were convinced windows 8 would be a hit, and were proved wrong time and time again.

Once again they will have to eat humble pie after the first quarterly sales figures for both consoles are revealed. If you thought windows 8 sold badly, just wait till you see the unmitigated disaster xbox one will be.

There's a lot of hype surrounding the xbox one right now, I'll bet most of those pre-ordering are unaware of what they are buying into or would buy a cardboard box if it had a microsoft stamp on it.

Edited by Tartan, Jun 13 2013, 1:08am :

I think the only useful information that can be gleaned from Amazon's best seller list is after a non-exclusive game goes up for pre-sale. Look at the difference between the two and that "MAY" indicate which console is selling (pre-selling) better.

FWIW right now, PS4 has 14 games and XBox One has 8, while non-exclusive games are all in the lead favoring the PS4.

However since Amazon's list is only for the past 24 hours changing on an hourly basis, and since I don't know when these games first went up for presale, it's all conjecture until we can watch a non-exclusive game from the moment it goes up for pre-sale.

Lets see how many of these pre-orders translate into actual sales. Even if there are a lot of pre-orders, it's not a sprint, it's a marathon. Give it a year and then you will be able to see who's ahead.

I was VERY close to pre-ordering and gave it a day to think about it and ended up pre-ordering the PS4. And I should add that I love my 360 so I will probably get a One eventually.

hahahaha, I guess none of those orders were Neowin users because I read an article that had over 150 comments of goodbye XBOX hello PS4 comments. People are so funny. I guess people have calmed down.

Melfster said,
I hate articles saying Sony won E3 or Microsoft won E3 because there is no way to judge until the consoles are sold.
I hate the fact that people are trying to push this idea that for one to win, the other has to lose. There is plenty of success to be shared.

Melfster said,
I hate articles saying Sony won E3 or Microsoft won E3 because there is no way to judge until the consoles are sold.

Share prices
MS goes DOWN.
Sony goes UP.
Nintendo goes UP.

Community:
xbone is ridiculized
PS4 is claimed
WiiU more of the same with a twist.

notta said,
haha, yet you ordered? You really think the big bad monster is going to change their minds?

That's why its a pre-order, I can always cancel as others will if MS keeps making dumb comments.

Both consoles are going to sell out, and sell well after that. If anyone think the Xbox One will flop, its probably not going to happen. As sad as it is, they were right when they said "most consumers don't pay attention to the details". Most people who will buy these will buy based on brand alone. Its only the vocal minority online that will actually make their decision based on policies.

Are Americans barking mad?!?! First it was the love of Apple, a company that controls everything, and now its the XBOX One with all of its anti-consumer pro-monopoly measures.

bviktor said,
It's the USA, logic is not welcome here.

Don't blame us in the USA for this madness. We do not like it one bit. That said, I can see a massive online petition coming from gamers on this issue that is going to shock MS. How can Bill Gates sit there and let Ballmer destroy what Paul Allen and he built?

Alexander Nevrmind said,

Don't blame us in the USA for this madness. We do not like it one bit. That said, I can see a massive online petition coming from gamers on this issue that is going to shock MS. How can Bill Gates sit there and let Ballmer destroy what Paul Allen and he built?

Probably because Gates is actually out there in the world trying to help solve real issues that truly matter, like providing clean water and medicine to people who don't have access to even the most basic things we all take for granted.

Aren't first world issues a drag?

This article is complete BS, the Xbox One was #1 for a day until the PS4 was announced, and now the PS4 has the #1 spot in pre-orders.

KeR said,
This article is complete BS, the Xbox One was #1 for a day until the PS4 was announced, and now the PS4 has the #1 spot in pre-orders.

So this is "complete BS" in that it reports high preorders for the xb1? I really don't see why that's a problem - it doesn't mention relative to anything else or even it's position in a 'chart'. So the xb1 is selling well - so what? The PS4 is too? Great. No problem with that.

This is really a "just in case" for people. Amazon won't charge until they ship. I pre-ordered from them as a security blanket. If I decide on Sony, I will cancel that pre-order.

Q: Will Xbox One allow players to trade in, purchase and play pre-owned games?
A: We are designing Xbox One to enable customers to trade in and resell games. We'll have more details to share later.

This means very little: what was the day one quota? How many Microsoft employees preordered from Amazon due to the fact that they do not charge your card until the box ships and it can be cancelled anytime?

And I made out like a bandit...
I have a Amazon/Chase card...
Using it to maintain our house has left me with a lot of points (which i was gonna use to get Last of Us/Beyond Two Sould/NBA 2K14)... but decided to hold off and apply it towards my new babies... ZING!!!!!!!!!

I hate the rule and I love it at the same time....

My Brother, Cousins, and Friends have already started planning for this 10 family members share thing...

If it works out the way we want, this will be perfect... As each of us have an amazing internet connection... We are talking about who buys what game and how many of us buy a copy (2 of us buy Battlefield 4 so that 4 of us can play it, etc...)....

We hate the rules MS has put in place... and are gonna try and suck it up for the play your library anywhere/Family link perk....

But we all pre-ordered the PS4 as well... ( Some of us are fanboys of both MS and Sony anyways, (360 tag: diezel78 & PS3 tag: showeezee).... so if we can't stand MS DRM rules...
We all agree to trade/sell and switch over to the PS4...

This post is useless as it gives no baseline. Preorders are high compared to what? Is it outselling the PS4 preorders? The Xbox360 preorders when it was launched, what? Also they almost sold out of their inventory in the first 4 hours? How much was their inventory, that's not really impressive if they have limited inventory in the first place? The first 4 hours is also before the PS4 keynote.

I'd be interested in seeing how the preorders compare between the PS4 and XBone, on Amazon.com Video Games Best Sellers list the PS4 is ranked 1 and 3 with the PS3 game "Last of Us" coming in at 4 and an extra controller coming in at 5 while the XBone is ranked 2 and 6.

Asmodai said,
This post is useless as it gives no baseline. Preorders are high compared to what? Is it outselling the PS4 preorders? The Xbox360 preorders when it was launched, what? Also they almost sold out of their inventory in the first 4 hours? How much was their inventory, that's not really impressive if they have limited inventory in the first place? The first 4 hours is also before the PS4 keynote.

I'd be interested in seeing how the preorders compare between the PS4 and XBone, on Amazon.com Video Games Best Sellers list the PS4 is ranked 1 and 3 with the PS3 game "Last of Us" coming in at 4 and an extra controller coming in at 5 while the XBone is ranked 2 and 6.

Since some gamers (like me) are planning to go digital, you'll never really get an accurate view unless that data is also present.

RT sales were decent at launch too, now look at it. Initial sales are one thing, this time next year will be a better long term indicator. I was planning on buying until the daily DRM thing and everyone I ask if their buying says "yes or probably", then I tell them about the daily DRM and it quickly turns to "screw that", not all are going to PS4, many are moving to PC gaming which will actually be better because of consoles now, go figure.

Right, so everyone should just ditch their consoles and switch to PC. Let's get rid of consoles and have 100% of gamers on the PC. That makes, hmm.. zero competition? Brilliant.

Just a correction... but no one is actually "putting money down" yet. Amazon doesn't charge you until the unit ships, so until then, they have made $0. Same with other places like Best Buy.

Lexcyn said,
Just a correction... but no one is actually "putting money down" yet. Amazon doesn't charge you until the unit ships, so until then, they have made $0. Same with other places like Best Buy.

Thanks for the correction of an error that was never there.

Jarrichvdv said,

Thanks for the correction of an error that was never there.

"...but that has not stopped some people from already putting down their money for the device."

Lexcyn said,
Just a correction... but no one is actually "putting money down" yet. Amazon doesn't charge you until the unit ships, so until then, they have made $0. Same with other places like Best Buy.
Yes, but the customers are still making an agreement to pay when it does ship (see also: put money down). Some people might cancel, but a massive majority will still pay and get the console.
Stop trying to make trite arguments over minor syntax.

Both consoles are rather expensive for what you get. Why not just build a HTPC get better graphics then either Xbox One or PS4 and a huge back catalog of Games?

Melfster said,
Both consoles are rather expensive for what you get. Why not just build a HTPC get better graphics then either Xbox One or PS4 and a huge back catalog of Games?
Not everyone wants to invest the time or money to build and maintain such a system. The bulk of consumers want a simple yet powerful device to hook up to their TV's.

LightEco said,
Consoles have always beat PCs in ease of use. Just pop in the disc and your good to go.

Or now one step better, just click "play" on screen without needing to put a disc in... for X1 at least

TCLN Ryster said,

Or now one step better, just click "play" on screen without needing to put a disc in... for X1 at least

"XBOX - titan fall" and your playing.

Anyone who think either the One or PS4 wont be sold out at christmas 2013 needs his brain to be examined.

They both will sell very well at first. Fans will buy them no matter what.

It's after the initial sales in 2014 that we will see how it goes when Joe Blow and Soccer Mom will start buying a console for the family.

I wish I had the cash to buy both, there are some games on the PS4 I'd like to play. However I can't afford both, so I've pre-ordered an X1 as there are more exclusives on that camp that I'd like to play. Priorities, you know?

I can completely believe this. People bitch and moan yet still buy into exactly what they're complaining about.

SK[ said,]I can completely believe this. People bitch and moan yet still buy into exactly what they're complaining about.

The people who complained aren't the ones buying it. Regular people still like the Xbox.

AWilliams87 said,

The people who complained aren't the ones buying it. Regular people still like the Xbox.
Regular people also tend to understand the basic concept that for either MS or Sony to win, the other doesn't need to lose.

Maybe the number of hardcore gamers have always on connection ...

SK[ said,]I can completely believe this. People bitch and moan yet still buy into exactly what they're complaining about.

Most people who are bitching and moaning were never going to buy in the first place. I am sure there are a few who were turned off, but the people who are buying see through the "fog of war," and are excited to get a great gaming and multimedia experience.

AWilliams87 said,

The people who complained aren't the ones buying it. Regular people still like the Xbox.

This! people can get all high and mighty about this and that and make up predictions based on their own perceptions, but they forget that they and others on this and other tech forums represent a tiny amount of the consumer base, and most people out there wouldn't give a crap or possibly understand the issues that are being debated. Get out of your little tech bubble and speak to people in the real world that are not into tech like you, and you will see they simply don't care, they will like what they will like and no tech specs or details will change it.

The fact pre-orders started at different times, there's possibility of different qty's just means they're going through their initial allotment fast.

Deranged said,
Still seems like they can't possibly sell them without bundled games...though it seems like they'd have announced those too. Weird.

Didn't they already announce KI is freetoplay with 1 or 2 characters out of the box? I'm pretty sure they will have other games too with similar functionality and demos available for download to try before you buy.

I also expect it will have the media services going so technically the second you buy an X One you have a ton of features to use regardless of choosing a game.

I would be happy to have an XBOX One even without games, since it has a lot of other functionality. Including replacing at least three existing devices currently attached to my TV.