Xbox One and PS4 pre-orders are double what they were for PS3 and Xbox 360, according to Ubisoft.

During a recent investors call (via CVG), Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Microsoft and Sony’s next-gen consoles were being pre-ordered by more people than ever before.

PlayStation 4 - first look at hardware in full

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PlayStation 4 hardware

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Xbox One hardware

“Some retailers, not all of them, are saying pre-orders are two times what they saw in the last generation launch,” Guillemot revealed.

Another representative said that the Christmas install base would be twice the size of the last-gen at launch, figures which include the Wii U.

Despite seeing a 40% drop in annual earnings, Ubisoft posted sales of £65 million in the three months ending June 30 – £5 million more than forecast.

Screenshot from 'Watch Dogs' for PlayStation 4

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Watch Dogs is among the top-five most pre-ordered games

Looking ahead, the company predicts a double-digit increase of the market in 2014, with the likes of Assassin’s Creed 4 and Watch Dogs among the top five most pre-ordered games.

Ubisoft also confirmed plans to release next-gen racer The Crew in the first quarter of 2014, and The Division in the second half of the year.