Some British retailers have spoken out to suggest that Xbox One pre-orders are performing very well indeed despite the detail-light reveal event last week, which Microsoft are perhaps being "unfairly" lambasted for.
MCV canvassed a number of CEOs, including ShopTo's Igor Cipolletta. The specialist online retailer is pleased to report that Xbox One pre-orders are proving to be very popular, while the negative feedback has also caused a rise in PS4 pre-orders. Win-win for them, basically. "Despite negative comments about the pre-owned model that has not been officially announced, consumer response has been extremely positive in terms of pre orders," he said. "And for the consumers that didn't like what MS has shown so far, they have placed a pre-order for the PS4 so we have an increase on both machines with Xbox One leading this week."
"We have been inundated with pre-order and product information requests from consumers since the reveal last week," agreed Grainger Games sales director Phil Moore. "We are confident that Microsoft [has] gamers' backs and will produce a system that supports the video games market as a whole for many years to come."
Green Man Gaming boss Paul Sulyok went one stage further by suggesting that Microsoft are being treated harshly by their critics over the reveal event, which was just a taster for an emphatic E3 presentation. "I feel Microsoft was unfairly slammed by some commentators for not providing enough information," he argued. "I'm sure they were keeping their powder dry for a game-packed E3 press conference.
"It gives them time to listen and take note of consumer feedback around pre-owned games, pricing, always-on connectivity, Kinect information privacy and regionally relevant services among others," Sulyok concluded. "I think the console war will go in favour of the platform that listens to the consumer, publisher and retailer."
Personally, I feel we can all agree with Sulyok's final point. E3 2013 will hopefully be tremendously informative, but ultimately, it's up to console manufacturers to earn our custom and cash. The festivities kick off on June 10th - we'll bring you all the details as and when.