A current poll indicates that gamers would still buy the PS4 over the Xbox One even if the PS4 and the Xbox One both cost $500. Currently, the PS4 costs $399, while the Xbox One will run you $499.
As of this writing, 792 gamers indicated that they would still buy the PS4 even if it cost $500. Only 197 indicated that they would switch to the Xbox One. That translates to a roughly 80-20 split. Ouch. The poll began running June 27.
The poll is courtesy of Polar, which allows anyone to generate polls tackling virtually any subject. You can participate in the poll here. Polar also has an iOS app, though no support for Android as of yet. We spoke to Polar regarding an Android release, which is currently in the "planning" stages.
The Xbox One has been embroiled in a swirl of controversy and distaste among gamers since Microsoft revealed it in May during a company event. Microsoft initially announced that the Xbox One would feature DRM and restrictions on used games, while the PS4 contained neither from the start. Two weeks ago, Microsoft reversed course, announcing that the Xbox One would not ship with DRM or used game restrictions. However, the Xbox One lost three big features as a result of this reversal.
What could account for this divide between the PS4 and the Xbox One? It could be any number of things, from Microsoft's mangled messaging to their temporary adoption of restrictive used game and DRM policies to exclusives to fanboy/girlism. It could be all of the above as well, which is what we're leaning toward.
Amazon ran a poll roughly two weeks ago asking whether gamers preferred the PS4 or the Xbox One. The PS4 dominated the Xbox One by an 18-to-1 margin, with the PS4 earning 38,984 votes to the Xbox One's 2,162 tallies. Amazon closed the poll days before it was scheduled to end for reasons unknown. We reached out to Amazon for comment regarding the matter. We have yet to receive a response.
What do you think of the above PS4 vs. Xbox One poll? Do you think the above poll accurately represents the sentiments consumers have toward the PS4 and the Xbox One? Why or why not? Will you be getting the PS4 or the Xbox One? Why or why not? Will you be preordering the PS4 or the Xbox One? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below.
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