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Twitter: The Console War Is A Sad Stalemate

Further proof the "console war" is currently a tepid pillowfight.

Posted on February 5, 2014, at 11:12 a.m. ET

The ongoing "console war" between Xbox One and Playstation 4 is so far a pillow fight between two presently toothless expensive products with no worthwhile original software. Despite alternate pre-release predictions of dominance for one (a multimedia extravaganza!) or the other (the true gamer's device!), and despite a current lead in total sales for PS4, the two boxes are for now "locked" in a struggle that is basically theoretical, neither possessing a single game to take a meaningful advantage.

Need proof? How about this graph measuring share of Twitter mentions between the two consoles from shortly before the Christmas rush until yesterday:

Via Frac.tl

Built by the digital agency Fractl, this graph reflects data from Twitter's API and reveals a public that can't really decide on which console to talk about about, especially post-Christmas. Some days: Xbox! Some days: Playstation! Neither device has generated nearly enough enthusiasm nor controversy to dominate online conversation.

Here's the hourly breakdown, which you can zoom in on:

Via Frac.tl

So when is the balance in this Lilliputian "struggle" going to tip? Microsoft would have you believe on March 11, when Respawn finally puts out its giant robot thing, Titanfall. But a week later, Sony drops its first big exclusive, Infamous: Second Son. So, the stalemate may continue, albeit between two antagonists with actual, you know, weapons.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.