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PS4 vs. Xbox One in the U.S.: Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of the console war

Above: A state-by-state breakdown of console favorites.

Image Credit: Movoto

Xbox One is cool on the coasts, but the heartland belongs to PlayStation 4.

The gaming-friendly folks over at the Movoto blog, which takes an irreverent look at real estate and pop culture, went through the data to figure out which console is the most popular in the United States: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Wii U? To figure it out, Movoto checked to see which system had the most Likes in each state on Facebook. It turns out that Microsoft’s machine has a bit of advantage — even if that hasn’t helped it outsell the PlayStation 4.

The Xbox One was the clear winner in 22 states while PS4 was the favorite in 19. No, that doesn’t mean the Wii U won the other 9 — the remaining states were too close to call.


See also: the 2014 Global Games Market report from Newzoo, available on VB Insight.


“What’s really interesting is that Xbox One, with a few exceptions, seems more popular on each of the coasts while PS4 has created a strong following in the heartland,” Movoto writer Andy Eddy wrote. “It’s clear Xbox One has a solid fan base in bigger states, such as California, New York, and Texas.”

Now, Movoto isn’t conducting scientific research, but these results are still interesting. Maybe this says more about the success of Microsoft’s social-media campaign than anything else. If that’s the case, it also reveals that social-media presence doesn’t necessarily translate into success at retail.

When you consider each box on its own, however, it looks like most of the love is coming from the same places for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Movoto found that Nevada had the largest percentage of fans for both consoles while Mississippi was the least excited for both.

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My guess is that everyone in Nevada is looking for something to do that isn’t in Las Vegas, which explains their excitement for console gaming … and I won’t hazard any guesses about Mississippi’s lack of enthusiasm for our fine hobby.

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47 comments
armen gharehbagloo
armen gharehbagloo

retards, microsoft doesnt even care about the xbox one the only reason its doing it is to please idiots like you. its charity. the profit it makes from xbox has been reported so low to the real revenue, that bill gates himself said they should abounden the whole gaming console even when the first xbox was released. To Microsoft, xbox one is like the penny jar you see at the gas stations where it says take one and leave one. its just a fun gesture. its the vending machine in a skyscraper, so stop comparing ps4 to xbox. Microsoft can buy out sony over night and not even have a meeting over it. so stop saying they higher people to leave positive feebacks. go look at the annual revenue and when you see how tiny xbox one and ps4 sales are to there whole revenue stream, you'll tuck your tale between your legs and go play hay farm on your iphone. peace out, by the way dont  correct me on my spelling its 1:am and im drunk LOL

Francisco Garay
Francisco Garay

Popularity and units sold would tell a very different story. 

Timothy Green
Timothy Green

"Now, Movoto isn’t performing medical analysis, but these outcomes are still exciting. Maybe this says more about the achievements of Microsoft’s social-media strategy than anything else. If that’s the situation, it also shows that social-media existence doesn’t actually convert into achievements at retail store."

Incinerador de Grasa 

Hellno Davis
Hellno Davis

So VB's statistical information comes from how many likes a console has got on Facecrook?? Yeah that's some rock solid information there SMH.

Paula Teske
Paula Teske

Only way this map would be accurate is if you figured out how many X-box One's and PS4's were sold in each state and make your map according to the results.  

Samantha Tuuli
Samantha Tuuli

looks like a political mapping as well.  the Xbone shows active in the GOP states.  PS4 more popular in the Democratic states

Vicki Love
Vicki Love

Has anyone ever thought about researching how many consoles were bought by parents vs adults. In my experience it seems more parents by xbox because they are conditioned by the brand name Microsoft. Serious adult gamers seem to lean more toward Sony's fine reputation and the PlayStation. If I had the time I would do the research because it interests me greatly. This whole idea of measuring popularity by sales is flawed. If you do not consider the real fact that its parents and parent's paychecks that purchase a great many of the gaming consoles, how can anyone come to a real conclusion on the gaming industry? I'm just saying...

Krisnosky74 kadjfa
Krisnosky74 kadjfa

I have all three systems.  At the moment, the one that is the most fun with the best games is Wii U.

Julian Watenya
Julian Watenya

As usual people from the United States support their homegrown devices

Rick Jamey
Rick Jamey

It means nothing...  It's on Facebook, a site with millions of fake profiles 

Dustin Moore
Dustin Moore

Oh yea Aaron Comicboojerk Gabbard we be in a PS4 state... all our XB1 friends can suck it!!! lol

Travis Gamer
Travis Gamer

Haha, XBone, only popular in USA, every other country likes the PS4.

Aaron Comicboojerk Gabbard
Aaron Comicboojerk Gabbard

Why do I feel like this article is just some XBOX fanboy... The second graph says people who love xbox but on the ps4 says people who like and there is no way in hell there is that many states liking xbox one so fuck that :/

Vanessa Marie
Vanessa Marie

Will never buy another xbox ever again! Controllers break at least once a month if not sooner!!! This company lost lifetime fans for sure!

Devon Ewl
Devon Ewl

I was completely ready to pin the 'red neck' states and then I compared all three results and thought 'We've learned nothing - America is a diverse nation' - lesson learned.

Ryan Thomas
Ryan Thomas

@armen gharehbagloo Can't tell if you are being sarcastic or not? Sony has more assets than Microsoft, something to the tune of 175 billion dollars, and their operating revenue is about the same. Perhaps Microsoft could potentially buy Sony, but it'd be one hell of a buy. Also while gates has stated in the past that if the current CEO of Microsoft etc decided to drop the Xbox, as well as windows phone that he'd support it. While Xbox isn't their main source of income, it's a consumer generator – the point is to get as many people using Microsoft products as possible while gaining brand loyalty to ensure the purchase and longevity of future products. 

Jason Wilson
Jason Wilson moderator VB Staff

@Hellno Davis From our story:


"Now, Movoto isn’t conducting scientific research, but these results are still interesting. Maybe this says more about the success of Microsoft’s social-media campaign than anything else. If that’s the case, it also reveals that social-media presence doesn’t necessarily translate into success at retail."


We never said this was anything more. But this is an interesting picture here, one that people are interested in reading about. 

Hellno Davis
Hellno Davis

@mowowie ddjjjdd Chad Scott is correct and you're an idiot, but that makes sense because only an idiot would see everything in terms of politics.

Chad Scott
Chad Scott

@mowowie ddjjjdd Yeah how about those leftist havens that are Texas, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Georgia, North Carolina and North Dakota.  Might want to check some of the PS4 states, as well.

Jan Smith
Jan Smith

@mowowie ddjjjdd And I guess Weeaboos such as yourself prefer the PS4 with no games this year.

Michael Givan
Michael Givan

@Vicki Love I'm an independent adult with family and am buying a Xbox One for myself versus a PS4. I'm doing such because of the media tie-ins which the Xbox brings to the table, though the Playstation TV does tempt me.

Jan Smith
Jan Smith

As usual people like you show off their butthurt. Cry more.

Rio Call
Rio Call

@Rick Jamey LOL I bet the poll went like this: "Like for Xbox One, Share/Comment for PS4" Obviously Likes are always gonna won regardless of poll. 

Francisco Garay
Francisco Garay

I agree.  Destiny is coming though.  The only reason I bought a PS4.

Jan Smith
Jan Smith

The only country that matters. :)

QuickDraw Mods
QuickDraw Mods

@Vanessa Marie  I am going to have to disagree with you.   I have been in business of custom controllers for gamers since 2008,. the PS3 controller was 5 times more likely to break or malfunction than an Xbox 360 controller. The Xbox 360 controller is one of the best controllers ever made and is a lot more sturdy than a DS3 controller. The new generation the verdict is still out, but I have sold a few hundred custom Xbox one controllers and I will say they are not made as well as the Xbox 360 controllers but they are on par with the DS4 controller from the PS4. The DS4 which has not sold as much for us as the Xbox one controller still has had as many defects as the Xbox one controllers.  I would say that the DS4 and teh XB1 controllers are on par with each other with only the 360 controller being better than both.  There is a $50 device out there called the cronus extreme that will allow cross platform compatibility.  I use one to use my Xbox 360 controller on my Xbox one Via a CORD.  But it will allow a 360 controller on PS3/4 and Wii and will allow a DS3/4 controller on Xbox 360 and ONE + Wii. 

OZ Munoz
OZ Munoz

@Devon Ewl fyi there is no redneck nation. blacks and hispanics have conquered all states :P besides the racism. the xbox and playstation controllers are good as long as you take care of them as long as you don't hammer them or use them as a hammer. Also keep in mind, don't test your controller to see if it floats in a tub full of soda or liquid... I had a dumbass friend do that.

QuickDraw Mods
QuickDraw Mods

@Devon Ewl FInd it funny that Xbox one takes all the major population states and the PS4 takes only middle America.Everyone claims that PS4 is winning the console war (not even 1 year into it) yet this article clearly shows a lot more Xbox one owners in the USA at least (don't really care about worlds wide) as PS4 could destroy the Xbox in Europe and Japan and it wouldn't affect us in the USA as long as the USA has strong sales - we are our own market and the developers and all 3 companies cater to us consumers in the states differently than the rest of the world.

Francisco Garay
Francisco Garay

@Jason Wilson I think that the XBOXone also hired a lot of people to post positive things about them.  Remember when the story broke about fake reviews written by employees of Microsoft and other shady dealings microsoft did around the time of E3 2013?


The thing is, real people listen to their real life friends who they trust, not internet nobodies.  The XBOXone is selling surprisingly well after all their flops and horrible insults flung out at gamers.  It's interesting to me that it sold as many units as it did.


I don't think this is an accurate survey in any way because sales tell the story, and Titanfall was bought back by EA so they could release it on the PS4.

Jode Still
Jode Still

Dude there are no xbox one games out that r good either I mean your probably one of those die hard call of duty fans which call of duty in my opinion is the worst game I ever played especially ghost

Jode Still
Jode Still

Xbox have no games too Titan fall is another stupid knock off of call of duty

Chris Stone
Chris Stone

@Jan Smith Both systems have their ups and downs. PS4 doesn't have many exclusives coming this year, but XB1 isn't any better. They're both about equal in that area.

NeoAmonSeraphim .
NeoAmonSeraphim .

@Jan Smith the only country that loves rehashed FPS. PS4 > X1 with the variety of games not 99% of FPS with Gears thrown into the mix.

Francisco Garay
Francisco Garay

@QuickDraw Mods @Vanessa Marie I disagree, the PDP Afterglow controller for the XBOX360 was superior to the XBOX360 controller.  I found the original controller was made of thin, brittle plastic instead of having a nice thick feel to it.  You had to either buy charging packs or replace the batteries in it because it didn't come with rechargable controllers.


I think the Afterglow was a much better controller, plus you could color co-ordinate with your spartan.

Jaegar Ultima
Jaegar Ultima

@QuickDraw Mods @Vanessa Marie Quick draw your full of shit my PS3 controllers have been fairly good under pressure for 2-4 years and I still have two useful  PS3 controllers I still use. The verdict isn't out on the new gen people hate the Xbone controller... Go onto youtube there are videos on the xbone controller..

kozmo kramer
kozmo kramer

@QuickDraw Mods @Vanessa Marie Ill have to disagree with both of you. Ive owned both a 360 and ps3 since launch (2005 and 2006 respectively), I still own all my original controllers for both system. My 60gb PS3 is still fully functional, and 3 xbox 360s later, my launch controllers still function like they are suppose to. I don't even own a DS3 (still using my sixaxis). Its really not that hard to take care of your controllers. Don't let your dog chew on them. Don't let you 2 year old kid throw them around, really this is too simple.

mike larochelle
mike larochelle

@QuickDraw Mods @Devon Ewl


Uh dude this is based on facebook likes. All this means is that Xbox users use facebook more often. The PS4 has outsold the XB1 for 5 straight months in the US and those are facts.

J Nope
J Nope

@QuickDraw Mods @Devon Ewl The article didn't show "a lot more Xbox one owners in the USA" at all. Did you read the article? It showed more people "liked" Xbox One on Facebook...which...really doesn't mean anything at all. You can look up the sales records. Both Sony and Microsoft post them. PS4 is beating Xbox One by a huge margin so far.

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