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These Are The Most Liked Video Game Consoles In Every State

In the world of social media, one game machine reigns supreme—and its identity will probably surprise even the most dialed-in joypad jockey.

Andy Eddy

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Beginning with Atari vs. Mattel vs. Coleco, the last few decades have been rife with all-out wars between game-console makers. The end result of this tight business competition has been an incredibly rapid advancement of hardware capabilities—and intense peer pressure.

More than ever, there’s plenty of prideful passion and trash talking between console owners on message boards, in Facebook and Twitter threads, and at game conventions.

Just how proud are they? Well, the Movoto Real Estate Blog took data culled from Facebook and put together a national map of gamers’ preferences based on the “Likes” of the current crop of consoles: the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo’s Wii U. Check it out for yourself…

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Despite the fact that Sony has sold more PS4s than Microsoft has sold Xbox Ones, MS seems to be winning on the social front, with 22 states racking up a larger fan count in the Xbox One’s favor, compared to the PS4’s 19. (Nine states couldn’t generate a majority in either’s favor—perhaps a result of Facebook’s methodology of rounding-off the audience estimates.)

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. It’s clear Xbox One has a solid fan base in bigger states, such as California, New York, and Texas.

In other words, if this was a presidential election, Wolf Blitzer would probably be calling for Sony to concede, but thankfully that’s not how a good ol’ ‘Merkin console war goes.

Oh, and unfortunately for Nintendo, Wii U couldn’t put any states in its win column, logging less than half of either of its rivals’ fan counts in nearly every state. Again, if this was a presidential election, it’d be the Libertarian or Green Party candidate. (Cue the losing horns from “The Price is Right”.)

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Xbox One, Coast to Coast

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While we were crunching numbers, we threw data from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey for 2008-2012 into the blender to compare Facebook fans to state populations.

Nevada has the No. 1 fan base of any state, hitting 1.94 percent with approximately 54,000 Likes out of its nearly 2.8 million residents. Perhaps a large number of Silver State residents—no doubt after dropping money at the local casino, feasting on a big buffet, and catching a show—spend their spare time on Facebook carousing the game pages. Hey, we’re not judging.

Meanwhile, Mississippi isn’t as Xbox One-centric, with 30,000—an even 1 percent of its nearly three million population—taking the time to click Like on Facebook. Perhaps with the nickname of the Magnolia State, residents are more into botany.

PlayStation 4, Coast to Coast

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On the PlayStation 4 side of things, it’s a similar story. Nevada tops the list with 1.86 percent of its residents showing an affinity for Sony’s system on Facebook, while Mississippi lags behind the other 49 with only a 1 percent like-titude for PS4.

Okay, maybe the Magnolia State moniker means that they’re more into Paul Thomas Anderson films…which they may not know they can probably watch on a PS4 or an Xbox One. Or perhaps they just don’t like Facebook. At this rate, Mississippians may either be luddites or trend setters. We’ll let you make that call.

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posted on: June 20, 2014
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  1. Guudguy

    Reason why facebook “likes” are not to be trusted.

    Spread the word!

  2. Xtreme Derp

    This study confirms two very obvious things.

    Despite PS4’s ~80% global sales lead and ~20% sales lead in the USA, there are more microsoft fanboys shilling for Xbox on the internet than the opposite. They’re angry, malicious, desperate, and trying to spread lies and hate about PS4/Sony/PS gamers to cover for poor Xbox sales and PR. PS4 owners apparently aren’t as interested.

    Xbox is more popular in southern (read: poorer and less educated) states. Microsoft fanboys are typically dumb, delusional, ignorant, hypocritical, angry, belief-based, and constantly saying things that are wrong, or end up being wrong. That stupidity isn’t a coincidence.

  3. Dirk

    Facebook may be great for Social Media, but for Scientific Polls it is worthless. It was fun looking at it anyway even if the poll has no relevance.

  4. Andy Eddy

    Exactly…not scientific, but an interesting study of a particular type of stat.

  5. Alex

    Actually, this might have some scientific interest. The PS4 seems to gravitate more around the bible belt states, while the XBONE is more preffered by the liberal states.

  6. Neal

    This is a HUGE waste of time,this was not controlled study, and there are so many variables that they are not calculated! Looking at that map, I could say Xbox One owners are bored and not playing their consoles, so they are on the internet more and on Facebook more, and able to comment more while PS4 and WiiU owners are playing more on their consoles and not bored, therefore, not coming across the survey! I could say more PS4’s were shipped to the South States because there are higher concentrations of Wal-Marts there and they got larger PS4 shipments then their seaboard cousins! A person could make any claim about this and they could be right or wrong! There could be life on other planets? I live in the South, and my next-generation console of choice is the PS4, so I bought it first, but that means nothing! This map could change monthly, based on so many variables!

    • Chris Kolmar in response to Neal

      Facebook likes have actually been shown to mirror polling, or at least correlate to it. So it’s not as entirely unfounded as you may think.


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