It's been expected for a while now that the slumping video game industry would got a spark from next-gen consoles. If early pre-order results for the Xbox One and PS4 are any indication, those expectations could hold true.
Amazon Inc., on Friday, announced that its video game store had its biggest pre-order week ever thanks to the Xbox One and PS4. At "peak demand" -- which Amazon did not clarify the timeframe -- more than 2,500 Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles were being pre-ordered on Amazon every minute. Again, Amazon did not state how long this period was for, nor did they provide any total pre-order numbers for either console.
"E3 week pre-orders of [Xbox One and PlayStation 4] consoles brought a year-over-year increase in orders of more than 4,000%, compared to consoles ordered during E3 week last year," the online retailer offered. Amazon also noted that first-day pre-orders for the Xbox One and PS4 were "nearly twice that of all video game sales on Black Friday."