updated 03:00 pm EDT, Sun September 29, 2013
Sony's next console takes top spot on gamer wish lists
Sony could have a winner on its hands, according to a new poll from Reuters/Ipsos showing that the PlayStation 4 has a considerable lead when it comes to gamers' intended purchases. The new poll results come ahead of the launch of both consoles in time for the holiday season, and its results would indicate a bright future for Sony's next-generation offering. Just over one-in-four respondents said that they were likely to purchase a PS4 when it becomes available later this year.
Whereas 26 percent of Reuters/Ipsos' respondents indicated that they were likely to purchase a PlayStation 4, 15 percent said they would opt for Microsoft's Xbox One. Among gamers under the age of 40, Microsoft's troubles seemed to increase, with 41 percent of that cohort choosing the PS4 and only 27 percent choosing the Xbox One.
Since teasing the device earlier this year and revealing it at E3, Sony has been playing up the competitive aspect of the next generation of consoles. The company has occasionally ribbed Microsoft's competing console in terms of price -- the PS4 is $100 cheaper -- and aspects such as digital rights management. Microsoft's occasional public relations stumbles along the way have not helped its cause, though excitement among Xbox devotees is still said to be high.
The poll also reflected the dire straits Nintendo finds itself in. Only three percent of respondents said they played games on the Wii U, while 20 percent said they played on the Xbox 360 and 18 percent on the PlayStation 3.
The PS4 will launch on November 15 in the United States, and on November 29 in the European Union.