UK Retailer John Lewis Expects Xbox One To Outsell PS4 This Christmas

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 1:00 PM

UK retailer John Lewis is betting on the Xbox One outselling the Playstation 4 this holiday season, despite the common public perception that the Xbox One is going to struggle to gain ground after the less than positive reveal.

With both Microsoft and Sony set to launch consoles within a week of each in the UK, John Lewis is choosing to back the Xbox One as its best-seller this Christmas thanks to more popular software and the Xbox Live online platform…

John Marsh, head technology buyer for the up-market department store, said that "We are expecting more interest in the Xbox One."

Marsh went on to say, "We are stocking both the PS4 and the Xbox One, but if we were to back one, we are thinking that Xbox One will appeal a bit more to our customers in terms of the experience it creates."

The figures that have been available so far indicated a landslide in favour of the PS4 at launch, but this rapid start looks to have been steadily eroded as public opinion on Microsoft’s all-seeing box shifts with each policy change.

Pre-orders for the PS4 are thought to have already reached a cool 1.5 million worldwide, with this figure presumably not including the recent Japanese sell-outs. Microsoft is yet to release its official pre-order numbers, but if the free bundled in games that were recently announced is any indication, all is not as rosy as Marsh makes out.

“The software that the Xbox One launches with will really appeal to our customer base based on what we’ve experienced in the past,” he said. Of course this isn’t necessarily indicative of the wider opinion, and John Lewis certainly isn’t the first choice of many gamers here in the UK for picking up a title, but it’s nevertheless interesting to see the tide turning somewhat.

The Xbox One is set to launch on November 22nd in the UK, swiftly followed by the PS4 launch a week later. Whatever the outcome, it’s sure to be a busy couple of months for retailers as the long-awaited next-generation finally arrives.

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13:53 Oct-14-2013

definitely PS4

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09:24 Oct-13-2013

Poor XBone, the WiiU might have more sales than it :P

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17:51 Oct-12-2013

I don't intend on buying anything...I've already got a pc that suits me just fine. :)

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23:49 Oct-12-2013

me too buddy, maybe i'll make it a SLI setup

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13:23 Oct-14-2013

same here, I just got 2TB hdd few days ago, maybe I'll consider an ssd and/or some cpu cooler, but I am totally happy with the PC I have :Đ

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13:27 Oct-15-2013

Go for an SSD, you won't regret it ;)

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15:39 Oct-15-2013

indeed, the only downside is, you have to reinstall windows and all your games again. But it's a small price to pay for fast boot speeds :)

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17:18 Oct-15-2013

I reinstall whole system quite often :Đ :Đ

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20:33 Oct-15-2013

Regular maintenance, same here ^_^

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17:11 Oct-12-2013

Okay. WHO VOTED FOR XBAX?

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18:18 Oct-12-2013

MS employee...?

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13:51 Oct-14-2013

Microsoft voted for PS4...

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16:03 Oct-14-2013

Oh so they have no faith in their own douchebox...?

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17:33 Oct-14-2013

@upsurge Would you? lol. Most of them are looking on the Sony website for jobs.

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16:49 Oct-12-2013

I predict that's not going to happen :p

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11:39 Oct-12-2013

i bought a new pc around may and now i have no interest (and no money :P) to buy any console as i never had or needed one and no new pc ofc.

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12:42 Oct-12-2013

And what a sweet PC you bought...

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00:27 Oct-14-2013

i have been gathering the money to get it for years. i enjoy it every day :D. PC gaming &#603

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01:30 Oct-12-2013

lol, Xbox One has 0 votes xD

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01:16 Oct-12-2013

Haha, Xbox with 0 votes

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21:05 Oct-11-2013

Hmmm out of his mind, this man is...

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02:49 Oct-12-2013

Microsoft paid him off...

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20:59 Oct-11-2013

R9 280x

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08:01 Oct-12-2013

&#603

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17:23 Oct-12-2013

wut

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09:51 Oct-13-2013

What's the point, it will only be slightly better than your 670.

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17:58 Oct-11-2013

"but if the free bundled in games that were recently announced is any indication, all is not as rosy as Marsh makes out". PS or Xbox?

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19:08 Oct-11-2013

Xbox, read the whole sentence :D

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17:09 Oct-13-2013

still dont get, if it's not as rosy (rosy=good?) as marsh thinks, who's favor is it?

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16:54 Oct-12-2013

as if sony isn't going to counter with it's own bundles.. lol

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16:40 Oct-11-2013

I don't intend to buy anything during xmas period, prices go rocket high in the beginning of November and start dropping in january till may :P
I got 2TB hdd yesterday for my rig, that's enough for now :)

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19:08 Oct-11-2013

Same here :/

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19:40 Oct-11-2013

Totally true :D

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20:06 Oct-11-2013

I doubt i'll get anything either if i do it will be a FX-8350 or a Logitech G27..

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08:01 Oct-12-2013

G27? DO WANT! :D

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16:30 Oct-11-2013

The U.K. has as their fanbase a populace of mostly Chavs that have seen what happens to their Xbox 360 if they try anything illegal. Sure, a lot of them will stick with Microsoft no matter what because these people can't make a decision on their own but I think even some of them would know that the cheaper and better console is the one to get: PS4. Be happy PC video gamers never get to deal with these individuals. They are the reason I would never play online on Xbox Live. Even non-video gamers see the Xbox Live community as a bunch of 12 year-old sexist and racist misogynists and homophobes.

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14:05 Oct-11-2013

In Cyprus, if people will upgrade their consoles then the PS4 will outsell 10:1

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13:50 Oct-11-2013

x1 outsell the ps4? ROFLMAO XD

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14:07 Oct-11-2013

Japan has always been PlayStation territory and UK has always been Xbox territory... I would not be surprised if X1 did indeed outsell PS4 in the UK...

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15:58 Oct-11-2013

Afaik japan is xy times bigger than the UK. (obv not everybody will buy a PS4 but still)

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13:35 Oct-11-2013

Next-level sarcasm...

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13:16 Oct-11-2013

We can only wait and see although I think the PS4 'wins' ;)

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13:15 Oct-11-2013

Microsoft lost the gamers with this realese of xbone..they made a tv box not a gaming machine

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