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NPD: 29% of core gamers plan to buy a next-gen console at launch

Research firm gauges interest in PS4 and Xbox 720 releases

29 per cent of "core" gamers surveyed by market research firm NPD Group said they intend to purchase a next-gen console at launch.

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The survey was completed by 887 US respondents aged nine and above who currently play games for five or more hours per week on Xbox 360, PS3, PC or Mac, Game Zone reports.

Sony revealed the PlayStation 4 at a New York press conference last week. The PS4 release date is set for "holiday 2013" in at least one of Japan, Europe and the US.

Meanwhile, it has become a growing expectation in the industry that Microsoft will announce its next-generation Xbox platform at a special one-off event in late April.

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