WE DON'T KNOW what they will cost or when they will be out, but Amazon says that punters are already laying down cash for preorders of the Sony PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One.
The consoles are due to be shown off at the E3 games show that kicks off today. So far we have had to content ourselves with things that do not sound too good about them and grasp at hints about what sorts of games they might offer.
Amazon was one of the first firms to put up its preorder page, and it pegged both consoles at a penny under £600.
You might think that such a high price could put some people off, but apparently not, and Amazon reports that sales for the consoles are pretty much neck and neck, with the Microsoft number taking a slight lead.
According to Amazon the Xbox One has 2.3 percent higher sales than its Sony PS4 rival, something that readers who responded to our survey about the Microsoft games console might disagree with.
However, the Xbox One doesn't have the lead if INQUIRER readers are anything to go by. Of our survey respondents, 43 percent said that they've already preordered a PS4 console, while just 13 percent said that they plan to buy the Xbox One.
Amazon said that preorders for the Microsoft gadget were already 20 percent higher than they were for its predecessor, the Xbox 360.
"It's not clear yet which of the two will have the edge when they launch later this year," said Xavier Garambois, VP of retail at Amazon EU, "What's certain, though, is that fans are already excited about how the next generation of consoles will change the world of gaming and home entertainment."
Meanwhile, 14 percent of our survey respondents said that they will wait for the Xbox One price to drop, and 11 percent said that the Xbox One is "not enough of an upgrade" to make them reach for their wallets. µ
Plus the cost of ambition as moonshots eat into the coffers
Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
Did we say cuts off? We meant traps them inside their own home