Sunday, December 29, 2013

Amazon sold 1,000 Xbox One's and PS4's per minute during sales peak

This holiday season marks the best-ever shopping period for online-retailer Amazon, with remarkable sales figures for next-gen consoles and Cyber Monday items.

Amazon has reported that this holiday season has been their best yet, with some unbelievable figures to back up their claims. Millions of consumers across the globe turn to Amazon for everything from groceries to video games and books, and the retailer has grown considerably over the years as one of the most popular options for consumer goods and entertainment.

The sales figures for this holiday season was largely complimented by the release of Microsoft’s and Sony’s respective next-gen consoles, both of which flew off the virtual shelves at an incredible rate.

Sony’s Jack Tretton was recently quoted that Amazon had sold more than 12,000 PS4′s in just 27 minutes, which is a stellar feat to be sure. But the newest figures trumps that rate; the retailer has since revealed that both the Xbox One and PS4 sold more than 1,000 consoles per minute at their peak–which is a true testament to each console’s popularity.

Cyber Monday is also a big selling point for any retailer, online or in-store, and Amazon’s seasonal event saw a huge influx in shoppers. On their Cyber Monday sale, consumers purchased more than 36.8 million items across the globe at an immensely brisk speed of 426 items per second.

One of the biggest surprises, though, was Amazon’s top-selling video games for the holidays. Although a dazzling number of Xbox One’s and PS4′s were sold, current-gen Xbox 360 and Wii titles topped the sales charts.

The top contenders of Amazon’s best-selling holiday games were as follows: Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360), Just Dance 2014 (Wii), Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360).

As far as next-gen sales, both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been pretty close. There have been numerous reports of Xbox One consoles being more readily available than PS4′s–however both have sold more than 2 million units across the world.

It’ll be interesting to see Amazon‘s full next-gen figures, as well as the numbers for each console straight from Microsoft and Sony. The Japanese console-maker expects to sell at least 3 million PlayStation 4 consoles at the end of their fiscal year, and at these rates, they may very well hit their mark sooner than expected.

Via Gamespot

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