Amazon announced Friday that it had recorded a banner week in terms of pre-orders on Amazon Video Games. This record pre-order week, according to the retail giant, was driven by the respective announcements of Microsoft and Sony for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Following both tech companies’ announcements at the E3 video gaming conference, Amazon had reportedly tallied 2,500 Xbox One and PS4 pre-orders per minute during times of “peak demand.” As such, both the Xbox One and PS4 topped sales charts on Amazon Video Games almost as soon as the devices were put up for pre-order.
Another interesting statistic reported by Amazon was how the volume of pre-orders resulted in Amazon enjoying a year-over-year console sales increase of over 4,000 percent. While many remain doubtful about the health of the console industry, the stats from Amazon suggest that consumers are more than willing to adopt to these new devices, despite a lack of backward compatibility with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Pricing on the Xbox One starts at $499, while the console will become available starting November 2013. The Day One Edition of the Xbox One is also available on Amazon, and this version comes with a special controller and exclusive achievements. The PS4, on the other hand, has a scheduled release window of holiday 2013, and will be priced at $399.
Though, Sony has not yet provided a more specific month or date for the PS4’s release, a new rumor tips the possibility of the console arriving at stores on November 13, 2013.