Poll says 8.9 million want to fork over $600

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