Poll says 8.9 million want to fork over $600

Consumer interest in PlayStation 3 pulls way ahead of Wii, 360

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Our sister site Next Generation has reported that a staggering 8.9 million Americans are prepared to pay full price ($500-$600) for a PlayStation 3, according to a poll conducted by Los Angeles-based market-research firm Interpret. By contrast, the company estimates 5.7 million gamers are ready to shell out $250 for a Wii, while only 800,000 want to pay $300-$400 for an Xbox 360.

To be fair, the numbers were extrapolated based on percentages from 2,000 interviews, meaning that - as with most polls - they should be taken with a grain of salt. Even so, the poll shows a seemingly unprecedented level of interest in the PS3, and promises a nightmarish amount of competition if you're hoping to get one of the 400,000 units available on launch day.

October 11, 2006

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After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.

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