With the Wii U's poor sales performance and the rise of tablets and smartphones as gaming platforms, some are wondering if the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be as successful as their predececssors. In an Ubisoft earnings call today, CEO Yves Guillemot revealed that next-gen pre-orders are well ahead of their last-generation counterparts.
"Some retailers - not all of them - are saying pre-orders two times than what they saw in the last generation launch," he said. "They're getting more pre-orders than what they saw before. We think we will have positive growth from the twelve months from launch. We should see more than double-digit increase of the market in calendar 2014."
Another Ubisoft representative said that the company believes the holiday 2013 install base for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 "will be double" the previous consoles. Guillemot added that Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs are in the "top five for most pre-ordered games" for next-gen.
Backing up some of Guillemot's claims, Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hyrb (known to many as Major Nelson) tweeted that, "Xbox One preorders are trending ahead of Xbox 360 preorders during the same time period" and are "sold out at most U.S. retailers."
In our pre-order confessional article two weeks ago, the USgamer team already told you what consoles we're planning on getting at launch. In those two weeks has anything changed your mind? What consoles are you planning on getting this holiday?