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Poll: 64% Of Consumers Won't Buy New Game Hardware In 2013

There are always multiple ways to interpret consumer data.

The results from a recent recent Reuters/Ipsos poll indicate several possible facts, which I find quite...grounding.

There have been many PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One polls in the past that have ended up being incredibly lopsided, like that Facebook one that ended early with about 95% of the respondents saying they'd pick the PS4. Other polls indicated a ridiculous 8:1 or 9:1 ratio in favor of Sony's console. I tried to explain to people that this would absolutely not be reflected in the actual sales of each system, as Microsoft has the casual gamer in its back pocket and casual/mainstream gamers don't vote in those polls.

The new poll from Reuters, which likely doesn't include only gamers, shows the PS4 is definitely favored in the US market, but not by nearly as much. When asked about dedicated game devices and which they intend to purchase this holiday season, 26% of those polled chose the PS4, while 15% chose the Xbox One. That's not even a 2:1 ratio, by the way. Obviously, more people below the age of 40 (41% for PS4 and 27% for Xbox One) are planning to buy at least one of the systems. But it's interesting to note that this means 64% of the participants don't plan to buy any game console at all (no Nintendo 2DS or Steam Box, either).

Sure, not everyone is a gamer, but you'd think it'd be a gift for a great many, right? And let's not forget that like most polls, these results are based on a "limited sample," so here's hoping many people in that 64% "none" group change their mind, so the industry can really skyrocket. Gaming needs a big boost right about now.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, xbox one, next gen consoles, next generation

9/30/2013 11:18:24 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (18 posts)

Masszt3r
Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 11:42:24 AM
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Aside from the consoles being rather new, I believe that hardware problems could also be an issue for people. By the looks of it, neither console will have to worry about launch issues, especially not overheating from what I have read, but it's something unpredictable. As much as I want a PS4, I'll have to wait to see if any issues arise.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 12:50:17 PM
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I'm not, there is just no game that appeal to me for next gen this year. It will tak a title I am really excited for to make the investment worth while - For me that will be Metal Gear Solid 5.

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iankhaneagle
Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 3:52:53 PM
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is the ps4 future ready for 4K HD? thats where it starts with me. if its not a totally future forward system, ill wait for a $300 bundle.

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Ultima
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 8:23:34 AM

iankhaneagle:

The PS4 is supposed to be able to support 4K playback video, but NOT 4K resolution for games.

re: Thread

Until there's a Street Fighter or a Final Fantasy for the PS4, I'm not getting one.

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PC_Max
Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 6:25:25 PM
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Like its was for me. The value is not there until the game library is large enough. Not really a variety at launch. And the exclusives, if thats important to any or most, are not there at launch. Not enough anyway.

Whether thats the reason for that the interest is not there who knows. I am waiting a year or so until I see a definite improvement/increase in the game library. Does not matter if there are a lot of digital indie games at launch.

Mind you, if the pre-order sales are anything to go by and they are truthful and accurate numbers.... don't think there needs to be any worries right now until after the holidays.

Keep playing!

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PlatformGamerNZ
Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 7:25:24 PM
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yeah definately interesting i'm still unsure exactly how this is all gunna turn out but it will be interesting to see.

happy gaming =)

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Temjin001
Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 7:36:59 PM
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Good for Sony spanking MS in the polls. But I'm part of the 64% right now. I'd like to see how things unfold for a year, possibly two.

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Harerazer
Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 7:37:51 PM
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Just picked up my 3DS last Friday and my PS4 is preordered. I will be enjoying my new hardware this year.

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shaydey77
Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 7:59:46 PM
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'Microsoft has the casual gamer in its back pocket'

I disagree with this statement for the probability of the coming generation.

With the PS4 at a full 100 less than the Xbox One well surely from a casual point of view the cheaper the better.

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ulsterscot
Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 11:20:22 PM
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A lot of guys i know are going to wait a year for the "kinks" to be ironed out.

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streakermaximus
Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 11:35:35 PM
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Count me in the 64%. I see no reason to get a new system at launch, just because. I'll get a PS4 when the big games hit. Probably 2014.

I likely will however be getting a Kindle Fire HDX next month. I guess that says.. something?

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___________
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 4:39:24 AM
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people are not buying systems because they dont see value in them, probably because of their disappointing performance.
especially now with steam announcing their hardware entry into the livingroom, and the pistin modular PC finally received a release date today.
certainly not short of devices shooting for that spot in your living room cabinet!

why go for a device which is less powerful, has half the features, and a UI/OS thats as intuitive and easy to use as f*cking android is!
o, and dont forget restrictive and so hardly locked down you would swear it bares the apple logo!

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Ultima
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 8:32:04 AM

> people are not buying systems because they dont see value in them, probably because of their disappointing performance.

This is flat out rubbish. THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE DO NOT CARE ABOUT PERFORMANCE. You're right in that it's about value, but performance doesn't factor into the majority's concept of "value". The first thing the majority care about is cost, and then games a close second i.e. does this system have games I want to play at a price I'm willing to pay for them? If no, then they won't buy.

I think the launch lineup for the PS4 is pretty good, but it's still a "launch lineup". There hasn't been a system that launched with a game I wanted to play since the SNES and Super Mario World (well, I guess the N64 and Super Mario 64, but I was waiting until FFVII was announced for the N64 before I took the plunge; glad I waited!). I suspect that many are just not sufficiently impressed by the launch lineup to buy the systems this year.

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___________
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 9:59:10 AM

right, so you go and spend 300+ bucks on new consoles and you totally dont care about performance.
whatever.

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FoReVeR_0515
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 12:46:40 PM

Consoles aren't about having the best performance, there's no competition with PCs in that area. What they are about is affordability and accessibility to the masses, along with having games those people want to play.

They are less expensive in general than a gaming PC, that's where the affordability comes in. They really don't take any technical know-how either, and that's where the accessibility comes in.

I'm a PC and console gamer, and they both have their merits. I play Playstation exclusives, and maybe an online game to play with friends, on my Playstation. I play everything else on PC, as there is no denying that games perform and look better than on a console, assuming you have a decent PC.

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 2:18:17 PM

If I'm going to buy a console then I want to be certain I am getting 7 or so years of new experiences and the system performance has a lot to do with that. If the launch games are impressive and the devs are stating they are barely scratching the surface of what is available then I know I'm in for a treat every year of ownership.

If it's much simpler and "off the shelf" then what is impressive now won't be so impressive when I'm seeing more or less the same in a few years time.

I am expecting the current console gen to be shorter than the last which is the opposite to what we should be seeing.

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FoReVeR_0515
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 4:07:08 PM

I guess I should have worded that a little differently. Of course performance is a part of what matters when deciding when and what console to get. But that performance is limited by how much they can fit in the console's form factor and how much they're willing to spend to build it. So it matters mainly when compared to other consoles.

There's no way a console can match the performance of a gaming PC, and it gets outdated fairly quickly.

On the other hand, there is an upside. As a result of every PS4 having the exact same hardware and specs, the developers can really optimize the games. Whereas with PCs, there are many different configurations.

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 2:20:17 PM
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I'm in that 64% too and I have a relatively high disposable income compared to some. I just don't see the point of replacing my current hardware when I am getting so much enjoyment from it.
I have no interest in keeping up with the Jones' nor will I get a new console just because my friends are.

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