The PS5 seems to edge out the Xbox Series X in terms of interest for the next-gen machines in the U.S.
The United States is divided right now. In early November, the country is going to make a decision that will help shape the course of our nation for the coming years. It’s a moment that only comes every few years, but it’s a vital one to be sure. And no, I’m not talking about the 2020 presidential election — I’m talking about the choice between buying a PS5 or Xbox Series X.
Based on new data that has been gathered by Hastings Entertainment, it seems as though we might have an idea of which next-gen platform is more anticipated in the United States between the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Going on a state-by-state basis thanks to the use of geotagging, information has been pulled to determine which way states in the U.S. might be leaning in the upcoming “console war.” The PS5 notably beat out the Xbox Series X with 28 states finding the next-gen PlayStation platform more favorable compared to 22 states going to the new Xbox.
Here are the full results from the data laid out in full:
Now look — how accurate is this map in the first place? Well, probably not very. The data that is being pulled here to create this layout has been gathered entirely via Twitter hashtags. When gathering tweets that have been tagged with certain designations such as #XboxSeriesX and #PS5 to go along with taglines for each console such as #PowerYourDreams and #PlayHasNoLimits, these were the results. Hashtag usage is an iffy thing to lean on when it comes to drawing larger conclusions, but it at the very least might give us a better idea in terms of how excited folks are in each state for the new consoles.
Furthermore, only 200,000 tweets were gathered over the past thirty days as well. While this is a sizable amount of data, it’s still not enough to know for sure that this information is accurate. Still, it’s a fun thing to examine and theorize about.
Only time will tell how accurate this map might be, but with only a few short weeks left until launch, we should start to get a better idea of what the masses think of this new hardware in short order. The Xbox Series X/S is due out next month on November 10 whereas the PS5 is set to arrive two days later on November 12.
Oh, and while I was being tongue-in-cheek with the 2020 election allusions in this piece, you absolutely should vote next month if you’re in the United States and are able to do so.
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