UK games retailers expect the showdown between PS4 and Xbox One in 2015 to go down to the wire.
In MCV's annual retail survey, 55 per cent of respondents tipped PS4 to end next year on-top, while 41 per cent backed Xbox One (the remainder went for other hardware).
Yet everyone surveyed anticipated that 2015 will not be anywhere near as one-sided as this year has been.
It's been all PlayStation for most of 2014,” said one store manager. But 2015 it will be neck-and-neck. It's tough to call.”
Last year, PS4 took 78 per cent of the vote, versus just 10 per cent for Xbox One.
The figures are part of MCV's annual survey of UK retail store managers, which you can read more about right here.
The PlayStation 4 has been outselling the Xbox One for most of 2014, but Microsoft's hardware saw a surge in momentum during the key Christmas sales period thanks to a number of key releases, bundles and price activity.