With how much negative press the Xbox One has received during the year, you'd think it would be left in the dust for next-gen. However, it appears it isn't having problem with pre-orders after Microsoft's 180 on DRM.
A user confirmed to be an Xbox One developer posted the following comment on Reddit:
When I saw reports of Sony having a million or 1.5 million pre-orders for the PS4, I didn’t even think twice about it. We’re not disclosing pre-order numbers at the moment for accounting reasons but I know for a fact we have just as many. Don’t be bogged by published statistics. At the end of all this, what matters is the games you want to play.
While there's no solid evidence supporting his claim, it's certainly plausible. Best-seller lists, such as that on Amazon, have routinely shown Xbox One as a leader in sales.
In terms of how that's possible with a price tag of $499, it mostly comes down to games. Many would agree that the Xbox One has a better launch library, especially with the dismissal of the PS4's Driveclub.
When all is said and done, what really matters is how both perform after launch. Even the Wii U was a hit during its first month. You can expect to see both the PS4 and Xbox One to sell out at launch, but keep an eye on what happens once January rolls around.