Gamers ditch Xbox 360 for PS3 sequels

A recent survey conducted by OTX Gameplan indicates that gamers may be ditching the Xbox 360 to play popular sequels on the Playstation 3 console.

“The PS3 seems poised to shift the ratio of Xbox 360 to PS3 sales for most major multi-platform releases in its favor among dual owners,” OTX analyst Nick Williams told Gamasutra.

Williams explained that 15 percent of gamers who plan to purchase the PS3 version of Assassin’s Creed 2 own the Xbox 360 iteration of the original title. ??However, only 7 percent of those who intend to buy the Xbox 360 version own the original game on PS3.

“[According to Williams], the data highlights a shift, at least among fans of Assassin’s Creed, in favor of the PS3 – [that] a sizable portion of players plan a console defection for the second installment,” wrote Gamasutra’s Leigh Alexander. ??

However, Matt Peckham of PC World questioned if the survey statistics constituted a true Xbox 360 “defection.”

“Is that 7 to 15 percent gap ‘statistically significant’ given Microsoft and Sony’s disparate console install bases (Microsoft leads Sony roughly two-to-one in the US)?” asked Peckham. “Does the study refer only to gamers who already own both an Xbox 360 and PS3? If so, does a 7 point lead in one group over the other really constitute a ‘defection’?”

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