Yesterday, we published a story entitled "PS4: Is PlayStation 4 Already More Popular Than Xbox One?," where we examined Google search data to determine whether the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One was more popular.
It wasn't even close: According to Google, global monthly searches of "ps4" numbered 2,740,000, while "xbox one" and "xbox 720" were searched 1,701,000 times per month combined. That means that people searched for "ps4" 1,039,000 times per month more than they did "xbox one" and "xbox 720." The data is still accurate as of today.
However, some readers commented that we didn't include some other Xbox One-related keywords, like "xbox durango," "xbox infinity" and "xbox fusion." We didn't do so in the initial story because before the Xbox One's true name was revealed, it was commonly referred to as the Xbox 720. We never saw that it was commonly referred to by any of the other keywords.
For the sake of fairness, we've conducted additional research to include the keywords "xbox durango," "xbox infinity," and "xbox fusion." Here's what we found.
According to Google, "xbox durango," "xbox fusion" and "xbox infinity" get a combined 57,800 global monthly searches. Added to the 1,701,000 global monthly searches that "xbox 720" and "xbox one," that's 1,758,800 global monthly searches for all five Xbox terms combined -- still significantly fewer than "ps4," at 2,740,000 searches per month.
So what could account for the PS4's popularity vs. the Xbox One in Google searches? We're willing to bet it has something to do with the always-on connectivity issue and playability of used games and any used-game fees -- issues that are worrying gamers. Until these issues are resolved and Microsoft provides concrete answers to these questions, gamers will continue to be anxious about the Xbox One.
What do you think of this data from Google? Are you more interested in the PS4 than the Xbox One? If so, why? Are always-on and used games significant issues for you? What other PS4 and Xbox One issues are significant to you? Sound off in the comments below.