As the November release of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 grows nearer every day, fans are already curious which of the two next-gen consoles will rise triumphant in sales numbers. The PlayStation 4 has already dominated the current generation, widely outselling the Xbox One. However, Microsoft’s recent move to acquire Bethesda and its centralization on the new Game Pass model could provide the Xbox Series X an edge in the next-gen console wars.
Based on a recent report, new evidence could signify that the PlayStation 5 is taking the early lead with a survey specifying that a staggering percentage of poll voters who preordered a next-gen console are choosing the standard PlayStation 5 with a disk drive.
To be specific, 72% of the survey takers picked the standard PlayStation 5 while 10% reportedly chose the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, 30% opted for the Xbox Series X, and only 8% selected the Xbox Series S.
In fairness, this survey – administered last September 23 – did utilize an adequately small sample size of 511 US gamers. This means the results could look different when accounting for a much bigger audience on a worldwide scale.
However, it did uncover a few other intriguing statistics such as the fact that only 15% of the poll takers successfully managed to get a next-gen console during the preorders. At least 29% stated that they tried to preorder a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X and failed, with the preorders also apparently distorted towards the two models of the PlayStation 5.
Interestingly, they also held a poll on what titles had drawn gamers to each console, with 52% saying that they want to purchase a PlayStation 5 because of Spider-Man: Miles Morales. For the Xbox Series X pickers, 45% of the participants of the survey had been captivated by Halo: Infinite while 26% claimed they were purchasing the console to prepare for the future launch of the next Fable game.
In general, it looks like the PlayStation 5 is still favored to take the lead in the early phases of the next generation, with a decent portion of the gamers in the United States hyped to get their hands on Sony’s newest console this holiday season.
As for what fans can anticipate when buying a PlayStation 5, Sony will be providing a dozen of new exciting titles, including the above-mentioned Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Godfall, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Demon’s Souls.
It will be entertaining to see if these polls relate to the rest of the world, with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 ready to take a heated battle next month. Fortunately for players, this will most probably mean that both companies are giving their best to make this a next-gen console release to remember.
Recently, Sony also revealed a few new details about the PlayStation 5’s backward compatibility. While the feature will allow players to play almost all PlayStation 4 games that were launched, there are 10 particular games that will not run on the PlayStation 5. Regardless, fans will not wait any longer as both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will be launching next month.