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Switch overtakes total PS4 sales in Japan, in less than half the time

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curl-6 said:
RolStoppable said:

26 months vs. 62 months. A weird half.

EDIT: I see you edited the title, but you should also edit your OP. Currently it implies that the PS4 was the previous market leader, but that isn't true at all.

Edited. I really shouldn't post threads before my morning coffee, I am a zombie before I partake of the bean.

At a lot of the places where this has been posted the excuse of "of course it did, it's a portable" has been bandied about a lot, but I feel this is an oversimplification. After all, Vita being portable didn't stop the PS4 outselling it in Japan.

If someone comes with the "it's portable" excuse, you just need to remind them that "it's portable" was very much denied or downplayed by often the same people when it came to evaluating the Switch's prospects before it launched.

As Switch continues to sell well and grows from year to year, it will become more prevalent that detractors will try to shove it into the handheld corner, because Nintendo cannot truly beat Sony when Nintendo is in a different market. We are still in the early phase that is called denial, so the hopes are that Switch sales will fall off a cliff soon enough, even though hardly anyone dares to openly say it. But you know that the maths of people who expect lifetime sales similar to the 3DS can't add up any other way. Similarly, those who expect Switch to fizzle out in the 80-100m range also hold the stance that a Nintendo console cannot last, so despite Switch being in a much, much more favorable position than the 3DS, it's predicted to beat the 3DS only barely.



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Well the Vita didn't get MH, that alone decided that Vita would lose badly in Japan.
But remember, the Vita still had a higher market share than the PS4 throughout most of it's effective lifetime (which Id say ended in 2016, like how the 3ds's effective lifetime ended when USUM came out late 2017)



Whataboutism is strong in this thread.

Congrats to Nintendo. They offer exactly what people in Japan want. Great games on a device playable everywhere



That’s great, but third parties will always ignore it sadly. LTD should be third place behind ds and 3ds



Only because its a handheld



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Very curious to see how PS5 performs in Japan. How well did PS3 do in Japan?

edit: Checked the PS3-numbers and PS4 isn't as far behind as i thought it was

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I don’t know if we should give the portability too much credit. It’s a factor sure, but considering the Switch is $300 and most of the retail games (especially the first party titles that have maintained strong legs) are selling at $50-60. Those were not usual prices for the 3DS and Vita hardware and their respective games, unless I’m missing something. So yes, portability plays a factor, but you’re still paying closer to a home console. Not to mention the various accessories that do not necessarily scream portable.



melbye said:

Very curious to see how PS5 performs in Japan. How well did PS3 do in Japan?

edit: Checked the PS3-numbers and PS4 isn't as far behind as i thought it was

PS5 will not do well in Japan... Every since Sony moved their Playstation headquarter to California they have been losing a ton of support of Japanese developers their censorship policies and requiring japanese devs to communicate in english on California's time table are just horrid at this point I think Xbox is going to do better in Japan than PS5 unless Sony cleans house. 

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Unknownsoul666 said:
melbye said:

Very curious to see how PS5 performs in Japan. How well did PS3 do in Japan?

edit: Checked the PS3-numbers and PS4 isn't as far behind as i thought it was

PS5 will not do well in Japan... Every since Sony moved their Playstation headquarter to California they have been losing a ton of support of Japanese developers their censorship policies and requiring japanese devs to communicate in english on California's time table are just horrid at this point I think Xbox is going to do better in Japan than PS5 unless Sony cleans house. 

With the success of DMC V, MHW, KH3, RE2R, the Dark Souls/related series, etc. on PS4, I doubt the third party support will dwindle.

what I hope for the Switch is that more developers start creating more non-ports. The testing and BS are no longer an excuse to create just ports. The Switch is a success so get going with new games.