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PlayStation 4 Software Pre-Orders Top Xbox One By 55% (SNE, MSFT)

Domestic software pre-orders for Sony's (NYSE: SNE) PlayStation 4 are 55 percent higher than the software pre-orders for Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox One.

According to the latest United States pre-order data from VGChartz, consumers have pre-ordered a combined total of 834,242 games for Xbox One.

Activision's (NASDAQ: ATVI) Call of Duty: Ghosts led the pack with 254,404 pre-orders, followed by Electronic Arts' (NASDAQ: EA) Battlefield 4 (134,457 pre-orders) and Ubisoft's (OTC: UBSFY) Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (113,582 pre-orders).

Eight Xbox One games made it into the top 40 list of pre-ordered games.

By comparison, PlayStation 4 had nine games in the top 40 that amounted to 1,259,581 pre-orders.

Once again, Call of Duty: Ghosts came in first with 259,511 pre-orders. Battlefield 4 performed much better on PlayStation 4, nabbing 255,241 pre-orders. Killzone: Shadow Fall came in third place with 230,155 pre-orders, followed by Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with 173,343 pre-orders.

Related: Video Game Sales Rise Ahead Of PlayStation 4, Xbox One Release

Since VGChartz only publishes the top 40 pre-ordered games, there could be other games that consumers have committed to purchasing. But this list should still serve as an indicator for what the first-week sales will be when PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are released in November.

PlayStation 4 console pre-orders have already been sold to more than one million people worldwide. Microsoft has yet to announce the pre-sale figures for Xbox One.

PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Remain Popular

Sony and Microsoft's new consoles may be just around the corner, but that hasn't stopped consumers from pre-ordering millions of games for the seven-year-old PlayStation 3 and the eight-year-old Xbox 360.

In fact, Xbox 360 is currently the dominant platform for Call of Duty: Ghosts with 495,034 pre-orders.

Nine Xbox 360 games made it into the top 40, amounting to 1,362,088 pre-orders.

PlayStation 3 dominated the list with 11 games in the top 40 -- the most of any console. But its total pre-orders came to 1,151,335, which is roughly 15 percent less than the total number of pre-orders for Xbox 360.

Only two Nintendo (OTC: NTDOY) games made it into the top 40: Pokemon X/Y (305,249 pre-orders combined for the X and Y versions) and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (70,568 pre-orders).

The Wind Waker HD was released late last week, so this will be the last time it appears on VGChartz's pre-order list.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.

Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ

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