PlayStation 4 Has Huge Lead on Xbox One, Shows Analyst Survey

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 8:49 am

Sony dominated this year’s E3, a minimum of when it came to messaging. The corporate gained praise from gamers for the PlayStation 4‘s $400 price – $100 under Microsoft’s Xbox One. Sony also got a good response for simply not implementing DRM in its new console or restricting used game sales – both “features” that Microsoft had announced for the Xbox One.

Though Microsoft later backed off from implementing hardware-level DRM and restricting used games, the wear to the Xbox One’s reputation had already been done – and never only for hardcore gamers. Anecdotally, the PlayStation 4 has gained a lead at the Xbox One. The PS4 sits at number three in Amazon’s 2013 best-seller list for games, with the Xbox One trailing behind at number six. Now, one analyst firm has released some actual data in regards to the public’s perception of both consoles.

A new report out from Strategy Analytics shows that negative perceptions of Microsoft’s next-generation online game console appear to have reached average consumers. The analyst firm’s latest “ConsumerMetrix” survey gathered data on consumers’ intentions of buying next-generation consoles. The survey found that 14.2% of greater than 6,000 consumers surveyed within the U.S. and Europe were “very or somewhat likely” to buy a PlayStation 4 inside the next year. Only 9.5 of customers could say an identical concerning the Xbox One. The firm believes this consumer sentiment could predict 50% higher sales of the PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One.

“Our survey means that consumers believe the PS4 will win the early phase of the subsequent generation console war,” said Jia Wu, director of Connected Home Devices at Strategy Analytics. “Sony’s performance at E3 was widely accepted as superior to Microsoft’s, and the survey evidence suggests this has already fed through to the broader consumer market.”

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