A Reuters/Ipsos poll published published Sunday reveals that the Playstation 4 is more wanted than the Xbox One this holiday season but an overwhelming majority said they had no intention of buying any new console hardware.
In an online survey of 1,297 people, 26 percent of the people that indicated they were going to buy a new console this holiday said they are likely to purchase a PS4 versus only 15 percent choosing the Xbox One. Interestingly, the gap widens for those under the age of 40 with 41 percent for Sony's console and 27 percent for Microsoft's.
The Playstation 4 launches on Nov. 15 at a price point of $399.99 with the Xbox One coming just seven days later in North America on Nov. 22 for $499.99. The two deciding factors by respondents at this point appear to be price and blow back over Microsoft's initial online and DRM requirements for the console.
However, a full 64 percent of respondents said they would not buy any new gaming hardware at all for the rest of 2013 which includes the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo consoles and even Valve's "Steam Box" now officially known as Steam Machines. This poll was taken before last week's announcement of Valve's new gaming-centric PC which won't be released until sometime in 2014.
Despite that, things are looking very good for both next-gen consoles. Sony reportedly has over one million units of the PS4 already pre-ordered and expects to sell five million total before next April. Meanwhile, the Xbox One is likely not far behind as pre-order availability for the console at launch has dried up at all retailers.
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