CVG poll: PS4 four times more popular than Xbox One


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.

 

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Rubin: THQ sale “a new start for our company”


Update: Bankruptcy filing reveals projects Crawler, Evolve, 1664, Atlas in development; projected sales of 4m for Saints Row 4

Jason Rubin

THQ’s president Jason Rubin remains optimistic about the bankruptcy and subsequent sale to Clearlake Captial, calling it “a new start for our company.”

Clearlake confirmed last night it would acquire the business and the majority of its assets – IP, code, studios and contracts – for $60 million.

“The most important thing to understand is that Chapter 11 does not mean the end of the THQ story or the end of the titles you love,” Rubin wrote in a blog post to fans. “Quite the opposite is true, actually.”

He compared the company to US companies that have been through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process and come out the other side – Macy’s, Marvel and MGM, amongst others – and said that games on the release slate will continue to be produced by the same teams.

Titles in that portfolio include South Park: The Stick of Truth, Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light and more in the Saints Row and Homefront franchises.

“So THQ made headlines today – and I am sure there will be tons of click-grabbing headlines over the next month or so,” he wrote. “But what matters to us is not what is happening to THQ right now, but what the company and its teams will make of ourselves after we complete the sale.

“In short, the teams will be unburdened by the past and able to focus on what they should be focusing on — Making great games.”

Although Clearlake is scheduled to complete the acquisition of THQ in January, bids for the business will remain open during that time.

The 62 page bankruptcy filing from THQ reveals a number of new projects that have not yet been formally announced.

Vigil is now working on a project with the working title of Crawler, while Company of Heroes developer Relic is also working on Atlas, for release in 2014. Games with the working titles of Evolve and 1664 are also listed.

The company gave estimated lifetime sales of a number of games, including Saints Row 4 which it expects to sell 5 million units and Homefront 2 with 4 million. The South Park game could sell over 3 million units and Metro: Last Light almost 2 million. Evolve and 1664 are down for 4 million units each.

Atlas has no unit sales projections but could contribute over $31 million in sales, suggesting it will be a freemium title.

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PS3 hits 70m to go neck-and-neck with Xbox 360


Sony has announced that lifetime sales of the PS3 have reached 70 million “sold in,” and PlayStation Move sales have surpassed 15 million units worldwide.

The latest milestone puts the firm virtually neck-and-neck with Microsoft, which less than a month ago announced that 70 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide.

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Xbox 360 launched in November 2005, and PS3 in November 2006.

As of March 31 this year, PS3 sales stood at 63.9 million units, while lifetime Wii sales stood at 96.56 million units as of June 30.

Last month, Microsoft’s reported a year-on-year decline in Xbox 360 revenues and shipped units for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2013.

Today the PlayStation corporation also claimed there are now 3,590 games available for PS3.