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Has the PS5 Already Won the Console War? Not so Fast

Last Updated September 23, 2020 2:10 PM
Thomas Bardwell
Last Updated September 23, 2020 2:10 PM
  • New research suggests 84% of gamers are more excited about the PlayStation 5 than Xbox Series X.
  • 58% of participants anticipate buying a next-gen console within three months.
  • Sony may have already won the head-to-head tussle with Microsoft before it’s even started in earnest.

Although we’ve still got months to go before the next generation of consoles launches, it looks like the PlayStation 5 (PS5) has already won the head-to-head scrap with the Xbox Series X.

2 Stats Suggest the PS5 Has a Massive Advantage

Players overwhelmingly favor the PS5 over the Xbox Series X. | Source: PlayStation

Research from U.K. marketing firm Experience12  indicates that 84% of participants are most excited about Sony’s PS5  when it comes to the upcoming next-gen consoles. A paltry 15% sided with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.

The results are even more favorable for Sony because 58% of respondents said they plan to buy a new console within three months of their expected release during the holiday 2020 period.

ps5 vs. xbox series x console war
More than half of U.K. gamers plan to dive into the next generation quickly. The overwhelming majority intend to cast their lot with Sony. | Source: Twitter 

It sure seems Sony was wise to up the PS5 production order to 10 million units.

It’s worth noting the data only offers a small snapshot of the sentiment among gamers. Experience12 surveyed roughly 3,000 U.K.-based people taking part in this year’s digital-only MCM ComicCon online event from June 25 to July 2.

Of the 3,000 participants, 80% fell in the 18 to 34 age category, and nearly 60% were male.

PS5 and Xbox Series X Head-to-Head Is Far From Over

xbox series x
This survey is unquestionably bad for Xbox, but it’s too early to count the Series X out. | Source: Microsoft

It’s not misguided to speculate that Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase on July 23 may have caused allegiances to shift since then.

Nor is it unreasonable to argue that geography played its part. The research could have been more forgiving to Microsoft’s console had it been conducted in the U.S., where Xbox historically secures a larger share of the console market .

And with the PS5 “Future of Gaming” event fresh in participants’ minds, recency bias likely worked in Sony’s favor too. At the time of the survey, Microsoft’s most recent Xbox Series X promotional push dated back to May’s heavily-criticized “gameplay” showcase.

Either way, this research should be a warning to Xbox. Interest and excitement clearly tip overwhelmingly in the PS5’s favor, even if the results of this survey are a bit skewed.

Whether this dynamic will persist when the two consoles launch in late 2020 remains to be seen.

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