UK-based pop-culture agency Experience12 hosted a next-gen console survey last month that ran between 25 June and 2 July 2020. During the survey, they asked 3,000 pop-culture fans and gamers which console they intended on purchasing later this year and the results were pretty clear. 80% of the respondents aged between 18 and 34 and rest older. In addition, 58% of respondents were male and 38% female. The remainder included non-conforming and transgender. When asked which console the gamers planned to purchase, 84% named the PS5 while 15% said Xbox Series X.
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Keep in mind that this survey took place before the 23 July Xbox Games Showcase event. This CG and gameplay showcase of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X game might have changed these results if it ran again. If it is in favour of Microsoft, we will never know.
Out of the people surveyed, 37% plan on purchasing their PS5 console at launch. In addition, 9% expect to buy it within a month, 12% within three months and 26% within six months. Seems people want to see the PS5 and Xbox Series X in action first.
The survey also revealed interesting data on the games people in the UK are most excited for. Out of the surveyed gamers, 43% of them want Cyberpunk 2077 followed by Marvel’s Avengers at 15%. The rest of the results are filled in with Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1+2 Remaster, Dying Light 2 and Halo Infinite.
When asked about the current generation of consoles, 59% of surveyed gamers still prefer PS4 ahead of the 16% for Xbox One. 14% stick to PC while 8% are Nintendo Switch lovers. Furthermore, 12% of people said they had purchased a Switch during the lockdown. This is interesting given the intense stock shortages of the console around the world.
Other interesting data from the survey revealed that gamers spent a lot of money on headsets during the lockdown. 14% of gamers purchased headsets followed by 10% buying controllers and 3% keyboard and mice.
It will be interesting to see how a survey like this comes out closer to the launch of these consoles. Perhaps once we know the pricing, full launch lineup and release date these numbers may change? Still, the UK is a big Xbox territory so to see this swing in the other direction is interesting. However, it may have something to do with Microsoft’s cross-generational launch plans. Why buy an Xbox Series X if you own a PC or Xbox One X?