We’re still very early in the game and the Xbox One has a lot going for it that could help it trounce the PlayStation 4 over the long haul. However, in these early stages we’ve seen several bits of evidence that all point to Sony’s PlayStation 4 having a slight but persistent lead in its battle against Microsoft and the Xbox One. And now we have two more data nuggets that seem to show that the PS4 is maintaining its slight early edge in the console wars heading into 2014.
First, Benzinga reports that a poll of readers conducted earlier this month shows that more would prefer to get a PlayStation 4 for Christmas this year (41.2%) than would prefer to get an Xbox One (37.3%). While this is obviously just one survey, its results line up with other data we’ve seen such as Google’s recent report showing that the PS4 generated slightly more search traffic this year than the Xbox One and also sales figures that show PS4 sales are pacing just slightly ahead of Xbox One sales.
Our second tidbit comes to us from Ars Technica, which notes that the PS4 is now outselling the Xbox One on eBay by a margin of two-to-one. This isn’t as clear-cut a win for Sony, however, because strong eBay sales could simply be a reflection of more constrained PS4 supplies that have made the console harder to find than the Xbox One so far.