IT Pros Make Holiday Wish Lists

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The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) recently asked people visiting its Web site to indicate which high-tech device is at the top of their holiday wish lists this year. Nearly 1,000 responses were received from IT professionals, who represent manufacturers, distributors, resellers, solution providers, Internet service providers (ISPs), application service providers (ASPs), software developers, e-commerce and telecom companies.


What do they want this holiday season? Video games.  More than 31 percent of respondents selected new gaming consoles from a list of 11 options, with 21 percent going for the Sony PlayStation 3 and 10 percent going for the Xbox 360.


In between those two is high-definition TV (HDTV) with 18 percent of respondents, which might represent a tie-in with gaming, as an HDTV is needed to properly display the advanced graphics of the PS3 and Xbox 360, and only 2.4 of respondents selected an HD-DVD player as a desired item.


“The high level of interest in the new game consoles, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, was somewhat surprising — clearly these games are not just for kids,” said John Venator, CompTIA president and CEO, who speculated that some of this swing toward consoles occurred because these are relatively or brand new systems. “IT pros have traditionally been at the front of the line whenever the ‘next big thing’ hits the computer and consumer electronics market, whether it’s the newest cell phone, BlackBerry or video game.”


Meanwhile, more general entertainment items seem to have cooled with IT pros, with just 5.7 percent of respondents going for an MP3 player and 4.4 percent of respondents looking for a DVR this holiday season.


The market among IT pros for portable media centers (PMCs) looks ice cold, with 1.5 percent of respondents selecting those. This might be because the fifth-generation iPod can play digital video, as well as audio files and store JPEGs, usurping the bells and whistles of PMCs.


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In other game console-related news, demand for PlayStation 3 (PS3) apparently is intense enough to create opportunities for armed robbery. Early Nov. 17, people waiting to buy a PS3 outside a Wal-Mart in Connecticut were held up at gunpoint, and one customer was shot. Reports are piling up in advance of the holiday season that throngs of customers who seek a PS3 at multimedia and electronics stores are becoming unruly to the point that they require police intervention, or they are getting injured. IT pros who seek a PS3 are advised to be careful.

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