IT'S WAY TOO EARLY TO CALL, but people are being given the chance to bet on which shiny games console will outsell the other.
The Xbox One and Playstation 4 (PS4) games consoles were unwrapped at the E3 games show last night, along with the all-important UK pricing information. Microsoft's Xbox One will cost £429, and Sony's PS4 will cost £349.
Just yesterday online retailer Amazon had the Xbox One in the lead for preorder sales. It said that the console had a small lead of 2.4 percent over its Japanese rival. Amazon had both pegged with a £600 price tag then.
Today, as we recover from the keynote comedown, we learn that betting outfit Paddy Power is taking the other side to Amazon, and reckons that the PS4 will outsell the Xbox One in 2013.
The betting shop said it slashed its odds on the PS4 outselling its rival after hearing about the substantial £80 saving it offers punters.
"There's still a long way to go but the huge variation in price has certainly handed the advantage to Playstation," said a spokesperson for Paddy Power.
The odds on the PS4 winning changed from 4/11 to 2/9. The Xbox, now seen as an outside bet, had odds of 15/8 and is now at 11/4.
Paddy Power told The INQUIRER that more money is actually being laid on the Xbox One. It said, "Interestingly the punters don't seem to be in agreement with our odds with over 60 percent of the money we've seen so far been placed on the Xbox One outselling the PS4. At the moment we're holding firm on our odds but if the one way traffic continues we'll have to reconsider them."
The INQUIRER reader poll on the topic agreed with the PS4 prediction earlier this week, and most of those who responded plumped for the Japanese kit over the Microsoft rig.
It is not just price where the two consoles fail to match up, and unusually Sony's pre-owned games policy is more attractive.
While Microsoft seems to want to squat on your game discs like some fat owl, Sony apparently does not, and has provided a one step guide to sharing your game titles. 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