With Christmas around the corner there are two gaming consoles which have taken over the technological universe. There has been a great demand for Microsoft’s Xbox One since its release last Friday.
“The demand has been pretty high, it’s up until after Christmas the demand is” said one Gamestop employee, who was somewhat taken aback by the desire for the product. The employee stated “it was falling behind at first but now it’s after creeping back up. I think it’s because people can’t get the PS4 (Play Station 4), they decided to go to Xbox.”
In addition to this more than one million Xbox One games consoles were purchased in the first 24 hours of being on sale in the UK and 13 other countries.
While there has been a great deal of requests for the Xbox One it would appear that Sony’s Play Station 4, which will be released this Friday, will be even more popular again. “A higher demand, a way higher demand. We have a lot more pre orders on PS4’s” admitted Gamestop’s worker.
The popularity of the PS4 will also cause the business some issues. The Gamestop employee advised “Yeah it’s backlogged until after Christmas, I think you’re looking at the end of January at the earliest to get one now.”
The Xbox One is priced at €499.99 whilst the PS4 can be bought for €399.99.
SONY has been forced to issue a statement for customers in the US after a portion of their new Playstation 4 consoles experienced troubleshooting problems.
The console, which sold over one million units in the US within 24 hours of its release on Friday, is Sony’s entrant in the battle of the next-gen consoles.
Several forum users complained of a blinking blue light flashing on their device, resulting in a lack of both video and audio signal.
One user posted: ‘Mine just blinks blue and I don’t get any audio or video. Tried all four of my HDMI cables and checked all of the settings on the TV.’
Sony believes the problems stem from a number of possible sources, including television compatibility and complications with the power supply of the console itself.
The solution offered by the Japanese electronics company involved holding the power button on the front of the PS4 for at least seven seconds and switching it off completely.
In response to discussion on the forum Sony posted that the issues were ‘within our expectations for a new production introduction’.
The company estimated that less than 0.4% of the shipped units suffered the problems reported.
Sony reiterated that the ‘vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive’ and they were looking forward to releasing the console in Europe and Australia at the end of the month.
The console’s main competitor, Microsoft’s XBox One, will be released this Friday. Sony expects to sell five million consoles by March 31st.