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PS4 momentum grows after E3, survey shows

According to our latest survey, whereas about 38 percent of fans were more interested in Microsoft's new console at the beginning of the year, the figure currently stands at 18 percent.

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Interest in PS4 has continue to grow after Sony and Microsoft showed off their wares at E3 last week. Once again, we surveyed GameFly fans about their interest in the two next-gen consoles. We recorded responses before Microsoft's Xbox One reveal, after, and after the conclusion of E3.

While interest in PS4 increased following Xbox One's reveal, it appears that Microsoft lost significant ground during the trade show. Whereas about 38 percent of fans were more interested in Microsoft's new console at the beginning of the year, the figure currently stands at 18 percent. PlayStation 4 currently has 72.2 percent allegiance.

Obviously, with the poll surveying GameFly users, results may be skewed. (Note: Xbox One currently does not support rental games; GameFly is a game rental service.) However, other polls conducted by CVG, Amazon, and Gamespot show similar results.

Although PS4 has a $100 price advantage over Xbox One, it appears very few people were swayed by that difference. Instead, it appears Sony's more gamer-friendly policies have earned them sway. "I pick the one that lets me play used games," Wesley Metz said. "Love the Xbox, but hate DRM. Going with PlayStation this time, I guess. I'm not very happy about it," Mike Rew said.

However, although Microsoft may be performing poorly in the poll, Xbox still has ardent fans. "The TV functionality looks awesome and services on Xbox are far superior," Sean McMurran said. "PS fans can no longer say their Internet is free either." At E3, Sony stealthily made PlayStation Plus a requirement for online gaming on PS4. "Still going with the Xbox One! Loyal to Microsoft," Chris L said.

Some Microsoft fans are waiting for the publisher to rescind their policies before jumping into the next generation. "Neither. Xbox pissed me off and I don't like the PlayStation," Patrick Judge said. "Guess I'll play my 360 until Microsoft gets their head out of their butt and does a full retraction." Thankfully for Judge, there's quite a number of current-gen games coming later this year.

We'll update this survey again after Gamescom, where the two manufacturers will likely have more information to share.

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    June 17, 2013 10:50 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, PS4 momentum grows after E3, survey shows.

    According to our latest survey, whereas about 38 percent of fans were more interested in Microsoft's new console at the beginning of the year, the figure currently stands at 18 percent.

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      June 17, 2013 10:53 AM

      Considering this is a gamefly poll... not really surprised since GameFly won't work on XBone.

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        June 17, 2013 10:58 AM

        *As of right now.

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          June 17, 2013 10:55 PM

          well yeah because it's not out yet

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        June 17, 2013 11:06 AM

        This poll is inline with every other Internet poll there has been like it. IGN, Twitter, Amazon and Gamestop all have had polls with similar results and those are just the larger ones. But I'm sure it's just one big Internet conspiracy.

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        June 17, 2013 11:16 AM

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        June 17, 2013 11:22 AM

        I see how a rental service conducting a poll concerning a system that fights used games seems unbiased, but the poll is relevant. Many gamers still rent games. Gamefly is a rental service. Any gamer who uses GameFly for game rentals--and I suspect most do, since brick-and-mortar rental stores are few and far between--would have obvious reason to shy away from a system that won't let them save money by renting games rather than shelling out $60+ for them.

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          June 17, 2013 11:22 AM

          *seems biased

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          June 17, 2013 11:34 AM

          I am not doubting the relevancy of the poll, just was making an observation. I definitely think that most polls have PS4 winning the hearts of gamers thus far.

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            June 17, 2013 2:23 PM

            I'd want to see corroborating information from alternate credible sources.

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      June 17, 2013 11:04 AM

      i saw the same kind of results in one of many GameFaqs daily poll. On average, there is about 55000+ people daily voting.

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      June 17, 2013 11:15 AM

      I'm sure the bad messaging has a lot to do with this. Also isn't this skewed since fans of rentals "gamefly" fans are your source for your survey?

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        June 17, 2013 11:41 AM

        Bad messaging, inferior hardware, unnecessary premium, obnoxious fans, ...

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        June 17, 2013 11:48 AM

        I'm a bit disapointed Spart4n... usually your comments are so funny, but for once, you're serious... the gaming world really is in transition...

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        June 18, 2013 12:24 AM

        This is possibly the most complete and utterly perfect statement I have read from you.

        And I agree with you what you said here fully.

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      June 17, 2013 11:28 AM

      I saw my younger brother at my parent's house yesterday for Father's Day. He is the total "Bro Gamer" that the One seemed aimed for. He plays Call of Duty and Madden and occasionally other stuff. He wears caps and cargo shorts year round. He watches Game of Thrones on his 360. He is obsessed with fantasy football. He doesn't follow game news or any of that kind of stuff. I asked him if he ordered a One already, because dude would marry his 360 if he could. He said he wasn't buying "that piece of shit". He went on to mention the always on requirement, the required and forced on Kinect at all times, the 24 hour check in, the added price tag and no used or rented games. He was the one guy I know who I could have sworn wouldn't have cared about the bad press and was just getting an Xbox because he liked Xbox. He in fact had ordered the PS4 Watchdogs bundle on Amazon. They are even losing members of the Bro Games set.

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        June 17, 2013 11:32 AM

        Yeah, I think Microsoft is hoping they will keep customers like this. Unfortunately the hole they dug themselves is just so large that even the most hardcore Xbox user has to be upset about how they've handled the announcement.

        Even with all of this, I still think the $100 price difference will be the main factor of getting either a PS4/Xbone.

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        June 17, 2013 11:39 AM

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          June 17, 2013 11:48 AM

          Just tell him the PS4 is more powerful and has Blast Processing and he will be king of the schoolyard.

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          June 17, 2013 12:00 PM

          yeah i mentioned to my son I was going to go with a PS4, he didn't seem excited

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        June 17, 2013 11:46 AM

        Yeah, my anecdotal story:

        My company has a core of about 40 gamers that all own an Xbox 360 currently to play with each other and their friends. Most of them are the primary COD type players and a lot of them don't own a PS3 or have ever owned a Sony console. They are all moving to the PS4 next generation, mostly because their hardcore friends are doing so and they want to play multiplayer games with them.

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        June 17, 2013 12:10 PM

        problem for microsoft is that no one cares about the advantages, only disadvantages of the system.

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          June 17, 2013 12:56 PM

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            June 17, 2013 1:07 PM

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            June 17, 2013 2:16 PM

            the fact that no one really knows what the advantages are hurts too.

            personally, i do like the idea of a digital only library on a major console but all the other systems already do that anyway. i'm assuming the xbone is built around it rather than just having a digital library as an option. if im interpreting everything correctly, you don't even need the disc anymore after installing.

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        June 17, 2013 12:45 PM

        MY BRO GAMER BROTHER

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        June 17, 2013 12:54 PM

        That is an insight that I was waiting for. Of course it is anegdotical evidence, but I really wandered what the dudebros will do and thought this would tip the scales. Poor Xbone, losing their core audience.

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        June 17, 2013 1:03 PM

        It'll be sweet justice for me if the xbone flops, first stealing Halo from PC then making subscription service necessary for consoles. Fuck them and kinect. I'm almost pissed enough to get a Mac.

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          June 17, 2013 1:33 PM

          The worst part is that there are now people actively rooting for it to fail. MS didn't just lose friends, they made enemies.

          They lost me when I saw that I had to pay just to use You-fucking-tube on the 360. Putting every damn thing behind a pay wall is just too much.

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          June 17, 2013 2:29 PM

          You should get a mac even if you don't hate MS

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          June 17, 2013 10:42 PM

          I don't want it to completely flop or Microsoft to exit the console business but I want Microsoft to learn a hard lesson.

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        June 17, 2013 1:05 PM

        Stopped reading at "bro gamer"

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        June 17, 2013 3:11 PM

        I posted about 2 dudebros in the office who were still completely sold on the 360 after the Microsoft event in the tent they had, about 4 to 6 weeks ago, they were both fully still in for Microsoft.

        Then E3 happenned and more information was clear to them, they both still plan to buy an Xbox One but instead of being the only choice, they are getting a PS4 first.

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        June 17, 2013 11:31 PM

        I love this 'bro gamer' disqualifying that you guys do haha.

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          June 17, 2013 11:52 PM

          They are dumb people dude, they're filthy savages and due to them, more dumb mainstream games come out.

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      June 17, 2013 12:12 PM

      This GB quick poll during one of their E3 streams was pretty ridiculous.

      http://chattypics.com/files/Clipboard02_9zkrihjcii.png

      Not because the Oculus Rift took the lead, I am actually more interested in the possibilities for gaming and immersion with that thing than the new consoles. But that that the fucking Nvidia Shield beat the Xbox One. What?? I know people vote jokingly in those things but it still blew my mind seeing that on a gaming site with a ton of Xbox fans.

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      June 17, 2013 2:20 PM

      well.... duh? on the heels of E3, that survey closely reflects the gamers, mostly, right? so the PS4 seemed to shine brighter for just the gaming factor. however microsoft is taking a leap beyond just games, and when that marketing kicks in, will things change?

      what of people that aren't hovering over E3... will Sony or MS suit them better? what about when MS starts touting skype and such?

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        June 17, 2013 2:23 PM

        i'm waiting to see what happens after the E3 hype dies down. as well as what happens in the upcoming months.

        gamers have short attention spans. most can't even stick to a boycott and most tend to forget previous bad experiences.

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          June 17, 2013 2:46 PM

          That's a pretty big generalization. Gamers range from toddlers to 50+. If most of us forgot bad shit so easily, things like this would never happen: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/10/electronic-arts-worst-company-consumerist_n_3052000.html

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            June 17, 2013 10:49 PM

            EA has a pretty bad track record with a lot of things like online servers and buggy games. and yet people bought up simcity and are all excited about BF4. people should be voting with their dollars, not useless polls.

            anyway, consoles and gaming platforms do flop. the n-gage thing is one example, i'm not sure if the dreamcast falls under this umbrella but that one ended up killing sega in the hardware market.

            so i'm interested to see what happens in the next couple of months

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              June 18, 2013 3:50 AM

              It's one thing to buy a game like bf, it kills its competition. Xbone won't.

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              June 18, 2013 5:14 AM

              Nothing will happen in a couple months, a year from now will paint a pretty good picture

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        June 17, 2013 2:36 PM

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          June 17, 2013 2:49 PM

          Yes, but the XB 1 will change channels with your voice... your voice man. That's more amazing and almost as fast as pressing a button for sure. Btw, the XB 1 doesn't record tv.

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      June 17, 2013 10:28 PM

      "Services on Xbox are far superior" - Huh?! What crack is that dude smoking?

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      June 18, 2013 1:20 AM

      It appears you can still order an Xbone day one addition from Amazon. I guess that have yet to sell out.

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      June 18, 2013 4:54 AM

      even Hedge Funds agree PS4 rox! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-18/third-point-funds-boost-stake-in-sony-as-daniel-loeb-seeks-talks.html

      tldr: 3rd point wants sony to spin off the consumer electronics arm because it'd be way more profitable on its own.

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