Blockbuster UK Reports Record-breaking Xbox One Pre-orders

Though Microsoft isn't expected to announce any more details on the Xbox One until E3, it seems that Blockbuster customers have heard enough to know they want the console. Blockbuster in the UK reports that pre-orders for the upcoming games console from Microsoft have been record breaking.

 

James Morton, who is head of product at Blockbuster in the United Kingdom, told MCVUK that the pre-orders have broken all previous records in the company's 24-year history. Morton is quoted as saying Blockbuster is 'delighted' by the huge number of people committing to the Xbox One.

"At Blockbuster, we have a fantastic array of adrenaline-fueled console games for sale or rental," he said. "Our expert staff know gaming and they know consoles and these pre-orders are testament to our customers' trust in us as a leading gaming retailer."

After years of rumors, Microsoft finally unveiled the newest Xbox at an event on the Redmond campus on May 21. The Xbox One packs 8 GB of RAM, an 8-Core CPU, a 500 GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive, HDMI in and out ports, USB 3.0, 802.11n wireless, as well as a brand new version of the Kinect sensor. However, several aspects of the console have been criticized by gamers, including the focus on entertainment and TV and the fact that users will have to pay a fee to play second-hand games.

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  • Stimpack
    Wait, there's a Blockbuster UK? They've been shutting down left and right in the US. The fact that there's a Blockbuster UK is the real news here.
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  • Anonymous
    This was a good strategy by Blockbuster, who have almost gone bust, they have now got a massive portion of the pre-orders for it
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  • Stimpack
    Wait, there's a Blockbuster UK? They've been shutting down left and right in the US. The fact that there's a Blockbuster UK is the real news here.
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  • ricardok
    What Blockbuster fails to show is the exact number of pre-orders. Without that how can we know what "huge" is?
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