DFC Intelligence: Consumers Remain Mainly Pro-PlayStation 5

According to the games industry research firm, consumers still have a more favourable attitude towards the PlayStation 5 than the Xbox Series duo.


DFC conducted a detailed survey in October and November, and the results showed that gamers are still leaning towards Sony (PlayStation 5) and Nintendo (Switch), but that Microsoft is in a better position. The Xbox Series showed better ratings in terms of online services and current game offerings than PlayStation 5.

DFC says, “the results are somewhat surprising given that consumers rate the systems as fairly similar in most aspects. The PlayStation 5’s main advantage is higher perceived graphics and power, versus the higher-rated library and online services for Xbox.” 54% of respondents do not own an Xbox Series X and do not plan to buy one. For the PlayStation 5, the figure is 34%. Of those who don’t have an Xbox Series X at home, 26% would buy one, but this is still lower than Sony’s result (42%). For the Nintendo Switch, 60% already own one and 27% of those who don’t would get one.

DFC claims, “arguably the biggest issue Microsoft faces with the Xbox is the lukewarm desire for online services. Online services, VR, and a cool-looking system were the lowest-rated consumers’ features. Price, power, and great games continue to be the main driving factor. Among interest in new and upcoming games, Xbox exclusive racing game Forza Horizon 5 had a similar rating as Sony’s exclusive Gran Turismo 7. PlayStation 5 exclusive Horizon Forbidden West had similar consumer interest to Xbox exclusive Halo Infinite. However, the biggest consumer interest was in God of War: Ragnarok (Sony exclusive) and a Zelda Breath of the Wild sequel (Nintendo).”

In August last year, ahead of the launch of the new consoles, DFC reported that the PlayStation 5 would perform significantly better than the Xbox Series X. That may not have materialised, but the advantage seems to be in the “blue court…”

Source: WCCFTech

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