Xbox One pre-orders 'trending ahead of Xbox 360', says Hryb

Xbox One demand apparently higher than Xbox 360 at launch

Xbox One pre-orders are "trending higher" than that of Xbox 360 during its respective pre-launch period, according to Microsoft's Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb.

Posting via Twitter today, Hryb said, "Just found out XboxOne preorders are trending ahead of Xbox 360 preorders during the same time period + sold out at most U.S. retailers."

Hryb didn't release any specific figures, nor did the firm make any mention of Xbox One's pre-order performance in today's fiscal Q4 and year-end finical report.

This does, however, support the prior claim of Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, who said Christmas pre-order numbers for Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One are twice what they were for the launch of PS3 and Xbox 360.

UK retailers reported strong Xbox One pre-orders following the announcement of Microsoft's console in May, with Blockbuster saying Xbox One pre-orders broke records for the firm.

Meanwhile online retail giant Amazon reported in June that Xbox One and PS4 pre-orders were 'neck and neck', and that Xbox One pre-orders were 20 per cent higher than they were for Xbox 360 ahead of its release in 2005.

Microsoft today reported significant growth for its Entertainment and Devices Division which encompasses its Xbox business, and claimed Xbox Live growth of nearly 20 per cent.