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Surprise: Purchase intent polls show PS4 with a big lead over Xbox One

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Two separate surveys are showing that the PlayStation 4 sits substantially ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox One when it comes to polling American consumers about console preference. According to a new Nielsen survey, 30% of active gamers intend to definitely buy a PS4 console while 22% said the same about the Xbox One. According to Parks Associates, 36% of console shoppers favor PS4 while 27% are leaning towards Xbox One.

These types of surveys are not always accurate, but it’s certainly fascinating that two separate polls peg the PS4 as a significant favorite over the Xbox One. The Nielsen figures would translate to a volume advantage of more than 40% for Sony’s machine.

It’s possible that the decision to price the Xbox One $100 above the PS4 may hand Sony an edge in the short term when it comes to sales volume. But launch sales don’t necessarily tell much about the long-term success of a console, of course.

Much is going to hinge on software slates for 2014, as well as the scale and timing of inevitable price cuts for both consoles.

Check out BGR’s full PlayStation 4 review and Xbox One review for more details on both consoles.

After launching mobile game company SpringToys tragically early in 2000, Tero Kuittinen spent eight years doing equity research at firms including Alliance Capital and Opstock. He is currently an analyst and VP of North American sales at mobile diagnostics and expense management Alekstra, and has contributed to TheStreet.com, Forbes and Business 2.0 Magazine in addition to BGR.