Being in second is one thing, but truthfully if Nintendos projections are correct the Xbox could end up in third if they are successful in outpacing the Wii. If Nintendo comes with what matters, which is games from all angles on a DS level of value from all parties involved Microsoft will be forced to undersrtand what matters. The PSP was doing fine, but Sony spread themselves too thin trying to manage the PSP while its value was commercially eclipsed by the PS3. Sony understood where the handheld was going hence why their version of the switch leaked, which was created before the switch was announced. They Nintendo beat them to the punch. Sometimes thats how technology works and Sony and Nintendo get it. Nintendo danced around the power issue and tapped into their largest audience whilst trying to hold onto the rest who bought Wii's. Its not very different from the Vita, but the difference is Nintendo's first party will be leading the charge with greater vigor than Sony did with the Vita. Sony applied all of their development force behind the PS3. Thats where I believe they failed. Nintendo never faltered there with the DS and had very strong games from square and others as a result.
The Switch is for gamers. The switch is a console and it isnt as the same time. That makes it more for the gaming enthusiast. I havent enjoyed holding a handheld in years and I wanted a Vita, but wisely chose to move past it. The play anywhere angle Sony was pulling with the Vita/ PS3 combo was better implemeted by Nintendo who merely made the handheld the console and once docked output it to as high as 1080p. In conclusion, Nintendo can compete without taking the same games. They are still in the console race, but running with a suit best fitted for themselves to survive and be legitimate in the current gen. All Odyssey, Mario Kart and Zelda BOTW is an amazing leading AAA experience for Nintendo to woo gamers with in the launch year. I am sure E3 will reveal more games. Unless Microsoft is paying up for timed exclusives, the switch (as was said in another post) will be prioritized even over them. The switch could reach second for the gen and Microsoft third as a result. Not saying it is 100% but the way its being projected id say its a possibility.
Even if the Switch manges to outperform the X1, that doesn't mean Switch gets great support by default. The Switch audience won't buy core games like the Xbox audience. DS had a lot of support but there wasn't a ton of quality, it was probably a cheap platform to support. Making Switch games is a different thing, especially if doesn't have the power to easily port games to.
Sony's version of the Switch leaked? But they made Vita anyway? A device that doesn't connect to the TV. Its evident Sony didn't know where the market was going but had ideas.
Nintendo pushes lower power machines because its cheaper, lower risk, and its primarily exclusive content that pushes hardware anyway.
I agree Sony's primary focus was PS3 over They still made an effort to get notable content on that device but they also turned people off with the dumb gimmicks especially those found in Uncharted:GA. Either way, smart phones hurt portable consoles and primarily Sony devices.
Switch is indeed for gamers but there are different audiences. The same audience buying Nintendo platforms aren't buying the popular games on X1 and PS4.
Again, even if Switch could become #2, I don't see it at a real competitor of X1 and PS4. It will succeed doing its own thing.