A Xbox One release date poll suggests Microsoft won’t be having a PS4 “perfect day” in comparison to the PlayStation 4.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, we released a PS4 release date shopping guide for finding the best deals and bundles.
Microsoft has previously reported that various Xbox One preorder deals have already exceeded the number of recorded preorders for the Xbox 360. But the original Xbox 1 (not the Xbox One) was not nearly as popular and sold only 24 million units from 2001 through 2005 and was considered a loss leader. The Microsoft gaming division actually lost $4 billion in total from the Xbox 1.
In comparison, the 2005 Xbox 360 launch year saw 1.5 million in unit sales but then began to pick up steam over the years. In fact, Xbox 360 sales figures in 2013 were actually higher, selling 1.6 million units. So comparing Xbox One preorder figures to Xbox 360 preorders seems like comparing apples to oranges.
Still, Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore points out both Sony and Microsoft should be happy with the PS4, Xbox One release date sales figures:
“When I talked to our friends at both Sony and Microsoft, and I’m trying to get some indications in the numbers that are going to be available for sale by the end of our fiscal year on March 31 and I aggregate them, I think I can squint and see 10 million units combined, very easily. Both Sony and Microsoft are proposing that this could be their best launches ever as regards their production numbers and their ability to globalize this business quickly. So we feel bullish about our ability of having five truly next-gen titles available for that.”
Sony has previously said they’d like to see the PlayStation sales figures be around five million units by March 31, 2014, so it seems the Xbox One might be tied for estimates. But Xbox One preorder figures haven’t been released officially while Sony announced last month that they had already received over one million PS4 preorder sales.
Another good indicator is typically supply and demand. Well, in this case supply for the Xbox One might be outweighing demand since GameStop re-opened its Xbox One preorder deals just the other day. Another indicator is eBay auction sales of the Xbox One and PS4. At one point 10 percent of the entirety of the Xbox 360 launch supply was on eBay. In contrast, the Xbox One sales are not nearly as high as the PS4, with demand for the PlayStation 4 being notably higher.
I’m not trying to dampen the mood any further, but a Xbox One release date poll commissioned by research firm Ipsos and Reuters indicates only a tiny percentage of gamers are even interested in the next generation of consoles regardless of the Xbox vs PS4 wars. Just 15 percent of gamers said they planned to buy a Xbox One deal at launch, while 26 percent said they would rather buy a PlayStation 4 bundle. Still, all of that is better than Nintendo’s woes since the Wii U sales figures for the last three months is hovering around 160,000.
Are you waiting for the November 15 PS4 release date or the November 22 Xbox One release date?