The gaming business appears to be just fine. You wouldn't know it from the declining figures posted by The NPD Group time and again, but many gamers have grown stingy with their spending because they're waiting on next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
According to a press release Amazon's been emailing the media, the Amazon Video Games store had its biggest pre-order week of all time thanks to the launch of the aforementioned consoles. At the "peak of demand" a week ago, Amazon was processing more than 2,500 XBox One and PS4 consoles per minute!
"The E3 week pre-orders of the two wildly-anticipated gaming consoles brought a year-over-year increase in orders of more than 4,000 percent, compared to consoles ordered during E3 week last year," Amazon said. "Day one pre-orders for the two consoles was nearly two times that of all video game sales on black Friday last year."
At present, the XBox One and PS4 remain the top two selling items in Amazon Video Games, with the Xbox One having leapfrogged its rival after Microsoft reversed course on its DRM policy. Maybe I was wrong about the demise of the game console?
Are you planning to pre-order or otherwise purchase a next generation console? If so, which one?