GameStop discussed the launch of next-gen consoles during an earnings call Thursday where it predicted that a boost for the games industry and its own bottom line with the largest console launch in history. The retailer also revealed a comparison in the level of interest between the two consoles.
CEO Paul Raines said that GameStop is prepping for the "largest console launch" in history as both the PS4 and Xbox One will release in the month of November. Meanwhile, president Tony Bartel called the number of consoles that will be available at launch as "unprecedented" with allocations much higher for the PS4 and Xbox One compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360.
The retailer would not provide specific pre-order numbers for either of the upcoming consoles but did reveal that the "first to know" list for the PS4 is double that of the Xbox One with 1.5 million subscribers compared to 700,000 for Microsoft's console. These lists send out email notifications when the consoles are available for pre-order which has been key as additional units were allocated to the store since both became available in June.
While "first to know" lists don't directly translate to sales, it does show the positive effect of Sony's E3 presentation for the PS4 versus the negative reaction to Microsoft's where it later had to walk-back several Xbox One policies regarding used games and more.
The retailer also pointed to performance in the second quarter as a sign toward a strong launch of the PS4 and Xbox One. Sales during that period were negative while trade-ins were up 14 percent which is a sign that consumers are holding out for the launch of next-gen according to GameStop.
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