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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Equally Anticipated...

Both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Equally Anticipated by Enthusiasts

"Next-Gen Consoles Equally Looked-Forward, Says [X-bit] Poll

Approximately equal amount of X-bit labs readers web-site are looking forward to buy Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles. However, loads of personal computer enthusiasts are going to acquire neither of the forthcoming consoles, according to a recent poll by X-bit labs.

Sony’s PlayStation 3 seems to be a little bit more popular than Microsoft’s Xbox 360 among X-bit labs readers, who mostly come from the U.S. or Europe: 23% of the polled said they were going to acquire Sony’s game machine, while 20% said they were planning to buy Microsoft’s console, according to the poll. Only 5% indicated intention to get Nintendo’s Revolution device, which is due later than the new PlayStation and Xbox. About 46% of surveyed answered that they had no plans to get gaming machines at all.

The poll reflects that both Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles are very competitive in the eyes of potential buyers. At the same time, a huge amount of potential customers of Microsoft and Sony, who currently say that they have no objective to get a PlayStation or an Xbox, means that console makers have a large market to address with their marketing campaigns.

According to a recent survey in Japan, 60% of consumers claimed PlayStation 3 to be the most interesting among the next-generation consoles, 8% were looking forward Nintendo Revolution gaming machine and only 2% were to acquire Microsoft Xbox 360. About 30% could not decide.

Approximately 1500 readers of X-bit labs web-site, who are mostly English-speaking highly-educated computer enthusiasts, took part in the poll in mid-July."

With the exception of Nintendo, this is no big surprise. I thought Ninny would fare a bit better then 5%, but they have been quiet. MS and Sony have been beating the hype drum mercilessly.

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