Microsoft and the Xbox One team are having a rough week. Negative buzz regarding the Xbox One seems to be reaching a fever pitch online, including gamers angry at restrictions regarding the sharing and selling of used games, plus the fact that the console needs to “phone home” every 24 hours, not to mention the $100 price disadvantage versus Sony's new Playstation 4.
Amazon adds to Microsoft’s list of problems: The Sony PS4 preorder page is firmly in first place on the online retail giant’s list of best-selling video games. The Xbox One falls to second place, but the PlayStation 4 also pops up in third place on the list. Amazon now claims they may not be able to promise PS4 delivery on the launch date due to overwhelming demand.
Amazon was forced to split the PS4 preorder product listing into two due to high demand. Amazon also listed the following “Product Alert” on the PS4 preorder page: “The standard version of the PlayStation 4 is identical to the Launch Edition. Due to high demand, we cannot guarantee Release-Date Delivery on the standard version of the PlayStation 4. We will deliver the standard version of PlayStation 4 as close to its release date as possible.”
Those that preorder the PS4 also got the following message:
“Dear Amazon.com Customer,
Thank you for pre-ordering the PlayStation 4. Yesterday, we made a change to the name of the product by adding “Launch” and “Standard” editions, which may have caused confusion for some of our customers.”
Sony also comes in eighth and 10th place on the list, with the Dualshock 4 controller for the PS4 currently at No. 8, and the $20 PlayStation Network Card rounding out the top 10. The only other Xbox product on the list is in 12th place, for the Xbox 360 version of Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3.
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Thomas Halleck is a technology reporter for the International Business Times, covering Google, wearables, product reviews, gadget news and more....