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PS4 and Xbox One availability online for Christmas plus top selling video games

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The Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One availability have been hot topics for shoppers this holiday season, as many individuals have been trying to get their hands on the consoles for themselves or as gifts for others. The pre-orders for both sold out online quickly, with retail store stock also becoming scarce. However, it appears at least one of the consoles may be available online for a limited time, as the other continues to sell at higher prices than retail.

According to a Venture Beat report on Dec. 17, the demand for the Sony PS4 is 3.3 times as much as current demand for the Xbox One by Microsoft. The results come from online-shopping portal BuyVia where more than 150,000 customers used the site to search for the PS4 between Nov. 25 and Dec. 14. As noted, that's 3.3 times greater than Xbox One searches which only numbered about 45,000 during the same time period. As BuyVia cofounder Norman Fong suggests, "This may be due to the lack of availability of the PS4, as Xboxes were more generally more available for purchase."

That seems to match up with what's being seen online, as Best Buy has Xbox One currently available on their website. Meanwhile, all PS4 consoles and bundle packages appear to be sold out on the website. However, Amazon.com has PS4's, some of which sell for around $600, which is about $200 more than regular retail cost. A PS4 Launch Day bundle with the Battlefield 4 game is selling for almost $800 on the site, from third party sellers.

When it comes to best selling games on Amazon for the platforms, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag currently leads the way for the PS4, followed by Call of Duty Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25 and Need for Speed Rivals. For the competing Xbox One, the top sellers are Call of Duty Ghosts, Madden NFL 25, Dead Rising 3, Assassins' Creed IV and Forza Motorsport 5.

Battlefield 4 ranks at sixth for the Xbox One, showing that there are at least four games which are strong sellers on both platforms this holiday season. Many of these titles were featured in various Black Friday and Cyber Monday online sales promotions over the past several weeks.

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