There seems to be steady interest in Microsoft’s Xbox One Day One Edition console pre-orders despite Sony’s PlayStation 4 holding four of the top ten slots on Amazon.com’s video game bestsellers chart. I expect both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to be sold out by the time their launch days arrive in November. For right now, PS4 is riding a wave of positive buzz off E3 to be the stronger performer when it comes to pre-orders at Amazon.
Sony’s PS4 Launch Day guaranteed console blew through Amazon’s allotment within two days and hasn’t appeared as a standalone option since. Additional units were provided to Amazon which were split amongst upgrading existing pre-order holders of the non-Launch Day console to the Launch Day console, and then offering four PS4 Launch Day bundles that include a game and, in two cases, a year’s worth of PlayStation Plus for $10 off its usual price.
Even as the four PS4 Launch Day consoles first appear on Amazon less than two days ago and quickly shot up as high as number three on the video game bestsellers chart (the Watch Dogs edition), the Xbox One Day One Edition has not budged from its firm grasp on the number two position. Used games policies and DRM issues aside, the Xbox brand still has a strong fan base and they’re willing to commit $500 toward the guarantee of having the new console the first day it’s available.
Looking back at E3 I can’t say I’m surprised at all at the Xbox One’s (Xbone) strength in the face of adversity. Both Microsoft and Sony’s booths were equally packed despite the core gaming community riding the high off of Sony’s Monday evening press conference. Frankly when Microsoft says “Halo,” people jump.
Here’s a quick rundown of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Launch Day guarantees at Amazon.com. An Amazon bundle is currently the only way to get a pre-order launch day guarantee for a PS4. Because no down payments are needed and all but seven states don’t require sales tax, Amazon has been the go-to place for next-gen console pre-orders.
Pre-order an Xbox One Day One console for $499.99 with free shipping.
Pre-order a PS4 Launch Day console bundle with Watch Dogs for $459.99 with free shipping.
Pre-order a PS4 Launch Day console bundle with Battlefield 4 and 1 year of PlayStation Plus for $499.99 with free shipping.
Pre-order a PS4 Launch Day console bundle with Killzone: Shadow Fall and 1 year of PlayStation Plus for $499.99 with free shipping.
Pre-order a PS4 Launch Day console bundle with Knack for $459.99 with free shipping.