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PS5 commands more than 80% of next-gen pre-orders according to survey

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The PS5 is looking a lot more popular when it comes to pre-orders than the Xbox Series X, according to a new survey. 

Data collected from US-based respondents by market-research company VGM (via Gamesindustry.biz (opens in new tab)) says that more than 80% of those who had managed to pre-order the new console had opted for Sony's hardware.

Of those surveyed, only 15% had locked in a successful pre-order, an indication of the difficulty many faced when early purchases became available last month. Of those, 72% chose a disk version of the PS5, with another 10% opting for the all-digital version. Some people bought hardware from both console families, but the next generation of Xbox has proved far less popular, with 30% buying a Series X, and only 8% getting a Series S.

Among those who had tried to pre-order a console but hadn't managed to bag one yet, the Xbox was slightly more popular - 51% of those surveyed had tried to buy either a Series X or Series S - but the PlayStation still won out, with 79% saying they'd tried to buy a PS5.

The PS5's roster of games seems to be driving that increased interest. 52% of respondents said their purchasing decision had been driven by Spider-Man: Miles Morales, while 42% said they would be buying God of War: Ragnarok and 32% were looking ahead to Final Fantasy 16. Over on Xbox, Halo Infinite was a major attraction for 45% of those surveyed, with Fable and Forza Motorsport 8 also getting fans excited.

If you still haven't made up your mind about your next-gen purchase, here's what we think about the PS5 vs the Xbox Series X.

Ali Jones
Ali Jones

I'm GamesRadar's news editor, working with the team to deliver breaking news from across the industry. I started my journalistic career while getting my degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick, where I also worked as Games Editor on the student newspaper, The Boar. Since then, I've run the news sections at PCGamesN and Kotaku UK, and also regularly contributed to PC Gamer. As you might be able to tell, PC is my platform of choice, so you can regularly find me playing League of Legends or Steam's latest indie hit.