Sony console takes 71% of vote; Xbox One at 15%
A next gen console poll, taken by more than 5,000 CVG readers, suggests that Sony’s PS4 is nearly five times more popular than Microsoft’s Xbox One.
On Thursday CVG asked readers to declare whether they were intending to buy either Sony or Microsoft’s next-generation game consoles. By Monday morning, more than 5,000 responded, with a clear majority (71%) declaring their interest in PS4.
By contrast, just 15 per cent of respondents said they were intending to buy an Xbox One. Six per cent said they intended to buy both machines, meaning that the combined PS4 price and Xbox One price will set customers back $900 or £780 at launch.
Meanwhile, nine per cent of respondents said they had no intention of buying either system (the majority claiming they would stick with their PCs, with some sticking with their Wii Us).
Microsoft has a tough launch period ahead of it as customers continually speak out against the machine’s anti-pre-owned measures and always-online requirements. The survey data suggests that the issue could be affecting Microsoft in territories where it is strongest.
Despite the neck-and-neck global lifetime sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 (both edging towards 80m units), the geo-breakdown of those numbers shows that Xbox’s main business is in the US (40m) and UK (8m); two areas where it has been consistently dominant.
While PlayStation is hardly an insignificance in those two countries (about 25m sales in the US and 5m in the UK), it balances those numbers with a healthy business across Japan and other parts of Europe.
Sony has said the PS4 release date is set for “Christmas 2013” across Europe and the US. CVG understands the Japan launch could be pushed to 2014 if manufacturing count comes up short, though a final decision hasn’t been made yet.
Microsoft has said the Xbox One release date is due for November.