Exclusive games decide console purchase for UK consumers

Poll of over 2,450 hardcore gamers puts games ahead of price; media functionality the least important factor.

Exclusive games decide console purchase for UK consumers

Exclusive games are the number one reason for consumers to buy a next-generation games console, according to a survey of over 2,450 people who attended EGX 2013.

Microsoft’s Xbox One launches in Europe this Friday backed by exclusive titles Forza Motorsport 5, Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome and Fighter Within. One week later is the release of the PlayStation 4, with its handful of exclusives – Resogun, Killzone: Shadowfall and Knack.

Of those surveyed, 34 per cent said that exclusive games were the most important factor when choosing a new games console, closely followed by the price of the hardware at 29 per cent. Just over 21 per cent of those surveyed put exclusive games as the second most important factor when buying a new games console.

The Xbox One will retail in the UK for £429 when it’s released this week, a significantly higher price than the PlayStation 4’s £349. But both those prices rise when official bundles and retailer’s own deals are taken into account.

Brand loyalty was an important factor for 11 per cent of voters, while owning the same hardware as their friends was top of the list for 10 per cent of consumers.

DRM policies were marginally ahead of online services such as Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network with around 8 and 6 per cent of votes, respectively.

The least important factor when buying a new console was its functionality as a media hub, with only 2 per cent of those surveyed putting ahead of any other option. That may be something of a surprise to Microsoft which has been pushing the TV, streaming and online capabilities of the Xbox One since it was first officially unveiled.



Minecraft Coming To PS4, PS3, And Vita!


One of the few indie titles announced for Xbox One is also making its way to Sony’s next-gen system.

After parading a few fans out donning boxy Creeper masks, Sony announced that the PS4 will be receiving its own version of Minecraft. Sony didn’t share any details about the title other than its existence, but Minecraft fans know what to expect by now. After the show, Minecraft’s creator tweeted the following message, confirming the game’s appearance on all three of Sony’s platforms.

Minecraft Tweet

The announcement that Minecraft is coming to Sony’s platforms is a surprising one; Microsoft has enjoyed console exclusivity of the popular voxel sandbox series on the 360, and when the company announced an Xbox One version, many assumed it had shored up next-gen exclusivity as well.

We’ll have to wait for more information on both titles to see how the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Minecraft compare, but the announcement is good news for prospective PS4 owners.