Xbox One Reveal Breaks Blockbuster Pre-Order and Xbox Viewership Records

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Despite the mostly negative exposure its been receiving post-reveal, Microsoft’s Xbox One is breaking records in more ways than one.

Official sources claim that the unveiling of the platform was the one of the most-viewed events on the internet.

“The Xbox Reveal event drove record-breaking viewership – with over 8.45 million people watching the Xbox Reveal event in the first 24 hours, rivaling one of the top-most concurrent streamed events of all time,” claims an update on the official website.

“On, we nearly tripled our previous concurrency record – with almost three times as many people watching the livestream at the same time, versus any other major event in history. According to our friends at Akamai, our streaming partner, the Xbox Reveal event was among the most watched live broadcasts delivered by Akamai in their history, nearly doubling peak traffic records and eclipsing concurrent viewership high-water marks set by events such as the 2010 World Cup, Royal Wedding in 2011, and 2012 election night.”

It was also reported to bring over 1.73 million viewers to SPIKE TV, making the even the “#1 television show for Men 18-34 at 10 am on May 21.” In addition, the event was also “the #1 non-sports social program across all TV networks and the second most social show on television on May 21, just slightly behind the NBA Playoffs.”

According to MCV UK, Blockbuster reports that the Xbox One has broken all previous pre-order launches in the company’s 24-year history.

“We are delighted by the huge number of pre orders that we have received so far for the new Microsoft console,” said Blockbuster’s head of games James Morton.

“At Blockbuster, we have a fantastic array of adrenaline-fuelled console games for sale or rental. 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.”

We recently pitted both Microsoft’s and Sony’s presentations against each other in a poll. As of this writing, contrary to these reports, the PlayStation 4 sits at an overwhelming 1,240 votes (76%) while the Xbox One sits at only 402 votes (24%).

Have you already secured an Xbox One pre-order, or are you waiting for both Microsoft’s and Sony’s presentations during this year’s E3?

Sources: Xbox and MCV UK