Japanese Poll: Few People Want To Buy The Xbox One (Or The PS4)

In Japan, Microsoft just can't catch a break with its game consoles, can it? The original Xbox was a failure in Japan. The Xbox 360 is a failure in Japan. And according to a recent poll, things don't look so bright for Xbox One. But not so fast! The poll says things are only slightly better for the PS4, which isn't saying much!

Japan.Internet.com recently released a next-gen console poll that was answered by 1066 individuals aged from their teens to their 50s and up. Of those polled, 53.1 per cent were men and 46.9 per cent were women. Delving further, the poll was 13.7 per cent teenagers, 15.6 per cent 20-something year-olds, 21.7 per cent 30-something year-olds, 17.4 per cent 40-something year-olds and 31.7 per cent 50 years old and onward. Half of those polled own a gaming console.

Combing through the data, there were questions on intent to buy the Xbox One and the PS4. The responses were broken down into three sections: "Want to buy," "don't want to buy but are interested," and "not interested in buying."

Only 2.5 per cent of those who replied said they wanted to buy the Xbox One. Yikes! That's... not very good. However, 16.1 per cent are interested in the machine, but not interested in buying. A whopping 81.3 per cent are not interested in buying the Xbox One.

It's interesting when comparing this data to the PS4. In that same poll, only 10.9 per cent said they want to buy the PS4. Likewise, that's not so good! It's better than the Xbox One, but that doesn't exactly sound hopeful. Nearly 25 per cent (24.8 per cent to be exact) are interested in the console, but don't feel like purchasing it. Out of those who replied, 64.4 per cent are not interested in purchasing the machine.

As with all polls, realise that the sample merely indicates the opinions of those who participated and might not necessarily reflect the opinion of the entire country. That being said, a poll is just that: a poll. Sometimes, they're good barometers. Sometimes, they're not.

ゲーム機もスマホ用ゲームも人気低下、ゲームユーザーはどこへ行った? [Japan.Internet.com via DS PSP初心者用講座]


    The results from this pole essentially mean nothing! They need to ask more people or the results won't reflect the entire populations ideas/thoughts/choice on the console, these results as irrelevant!

      Did you do statistics at school? If so, please tell me all about sample sizes.

        There are about 126 million people in Japan. 1,066 they surveyed is about 0.001% of the population. I know next to nothing about sample sizes, but that seems very low to me. I think alistair.pace makes a valid point.

          Well with a sample size of 1,066 will give you can be 95% sure that the results will be accurate within 3 percentage points, and 99% sure the results will be accurate within 4 percentage points.

          With this poll it's important to note that you only need one person to buy a console per household.

        No I have not done statistics, but being a student of science at university has taught me the basics of scientific method and sample sizes. But cheers anyway for not being too much of dickhead about it like most other internet dwelling individuals.

    So by normalising the non-owner data out, you end up with 5 and 35 % for Xbone, total 40% interest and 22 and 50 for PS4, total 77%.

      Yeah, that's what I thought was odd - half the people sampled don't actually own a console, so you'd assume they're not gamers (I don't think PC is particularly big in Japan is it? other than for dodgy porn games, anyway).

      So they've basically sampled 533 gamers. And given Japan's tendency towards handhelds in recent years, these numbers aren't all that surprising.

    I guess they are too busy whaling or clubbing dolphins to death

    Would have been better if the title of this article was "Japanese Poll few people want to buy the PS4"
    It isn't exactly front page news that the Japanese won't buy a console made in another country but them not being excited for the PS4 that is big news.

    Last edited 20/07/13 11:27 am

    I also want to point out that age demographics in this poll, it can be assumed that the vast majority of people interested in video games would be within the teenager or 20-something demographic (though that does not mean people above that age group cannot have an interest) however those demographics collectively only take up 29.3 percent of the overall percentage of people polled. In comparison, people 50 years and older alone had a larger percentage than both Teenagers and 20-somethings combined with 31.7% of the poll. Understandably this demographic isn't exactly known to be massive fans of the medium.

    So it doesn't surprise me that with a poll as small as this was, with a demographic spread as skewed as this was, for the results to be as they were. . .

    Who cares? What is with the obsession with world domination? They probably have a standalone arcade machine built into their toilets which dispense girls undies to wipe with after you finish.
    Seriously though, who cares?

    Dumbest poll considering most other polls Ive read state the that the PS4 is Heading for a Very successful launch in Japan and Xbone is heading for a Very bad release in Japan.

    The only complaints Ive heard come out of Japan about the PS4 is that the PS4 doesnt have any Launch Titles that are marketed towards Asian Markets, but apparently that wont be the case for long.

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