If Xbox One were to become a successful games console, the most popular videogames retailer in the business, GameStop, would lose half of the sales its accustomed to, and would be in danger of eventually shutting its doors. If the PS4 becomes successful – even more than the PS3 has been in the U.S., then it’d be business as usual for GameStop. So it comes as no surprise that GameStops around the United States are encouraging people to preorder PS4 instead of Xbox One, and painting Microsoft’s next machine as unfriendly and unusable.
This rumor comes to us courtesy NeoGAF, after a member of the forum noticed something odd at his local GameStop. First, they were showing positive E3 videos about PS4 on loop, and dressed the store with PlayStation media. But that’s not all, employees were making consumers aware of Xbox One’s DRM policies and went on to desuade them from preordering Microsoft’s new console.
In fact, GameStop UK even posted the PS4 video detailing how games are shared on the console, giving hints of the firm’s attitude moving forward.
Employees at some GameStops actually had handouts explaining the Xbox One rules, and others said they wouldn’t do any of this if it wasn’t ordered by the executives of the company.
Here are a few quotes from those who experienced the Xbox One backlash at their local GameStops, all NeoGAF users:
I went to gamestop after ms conference and guy working there was wondering about it and I told him the price and he literally yelled “WHAT” like 5 times with a store packed full of people. He’s like are they are stupid.
Its the same with the local game stores over here in Singapore too. Not only the xbone launching late issue but everything it can’t do. it simple really, they told me they don’t want parents to complain this and that when they realized things cannot work as before. The price is not helping either. Also our local Xbox Facebook page have not been updated since before E3 so no answers can be get from them too.
Was at a gamestop to pick up a $20 PS card and the employee and some customers were thrashing the XBox. The customer was the one who raised the topic, but the employee had plenty to say about it as well.
Yup two Gamestops I went to the workers said “Don’t get the Xbox One”. I already know that thank you but that kind of awareness of forthright attitude from workers at a Gamestop is pretty shocking.
Here’s my favorite, from GoofsterStud:
Took my kids to Gamestop to spend there allowance.
My kid loves asking questions. He saw the video of how to share games there. I loved his response. Well dah, of course that’s how we share games. Were not stupid.
I was kind of embarrassed but the nice rep said you can’t do that on Xbox One. That’s why it’s a big deal. He then looked at me and said dad, I want an PS4 for Christmas.
I just laughed as they are on pre-order already.
So is this company wide? Certainly seems that way, but we’ll not know for sure until more people start experiencing the same thing. Have you experienced this attitude at your local GameStop? Let us know in the comments below.