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VGChartz Gap Charts December 2019 Discussion Thread

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trunkswd said:
curl-6 said:

PS3 and 360 weren't as big as PS4/Switch though. Those two ended around 85-87 million; PS4's already at 106 million and Switch should also pass 100 million.

Quite true. I was just mentioning another close race. 

Yeah, Xbox vs Gamecube was close too. Just nothing of this scale before.



curl-6 said:
trunkswd said:

Quite true. I was just mentioning another close race. 

Yeah, Xbox vs Gamecube was close too. Just nothing of this scale before.

I remember the battle between the Xbox and GameCube. They were fighting over the scraps with how much ahead the PS2 was. 



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trunkswd said:
curl-6 said:

Yeah, Xbox vs Gamecube was close too. Just nothing of this scale before.

I remember the battle between the Xbox and GameCube. They were fighting over the scraps with how much ahead the PS2 was. 

PS3 and 360 were also fighting for second place. Switch vs PS4 though is just a titanic battle between two dominating supergiants.



PS2 and DS were also very close to each other. 154 vs 158M



Just for fun, here's what the gap charts look like when you align PS4's April 2014 to Switch's April 2017:



curl-6 said:
trunkswd said:

You can read the complete article and analysis here:

Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2019

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 4,310,904 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,765,954 – Switch

Total Lead: 6,950,987 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 49,808,000

PS4 Total Sales: 42,857,013

Now this is a hell of a fight, truly a duel for the ages.

I can't recall two simultaneous systems ever being so big and so closely matched before, each pulling ahead of the other back and forth.

It only looks close, because 2018 was kind of a "meh" year for the Switch, so that makes the PS4 look competitive.  Switch is about to pull ahead of PS4 for good.



The_Liquid_Laser said:
curl-6 said:

Now this is a hell of a fight, truly a duel for the ages.

I can't recall two simultaneous systems ever being so big and so closely matched before, each pulling ahead of the other back and forth.

It only looks close, because 2018 was kind of a "meh" year for the Switch, so that makes the PS4 look competitive.  Switch is about to pull ahead of PS4 for good.

That's a bold claim; I don't doubt Switch will sell well this year and 2021, but I'm skeptical whether Nintendo will push it hard enough beyond that for it to match PS4's legs in the long run.



curl-6 said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

It only looks close, because 2018 was kind of a "meh" year for the Switch, so that makes the PS4 look competitive.  Switch is about to pull ahead of PS4 for good.

That's a bold claim; I don't doubt Switch will sell well this year and 2021, but I'm skeptical whether Nintendo will push it hard enough beyond that for it to match PS4's legs in the long run.

The Switch is actually a very different animal than a system like the Wii.  Nintendo won't support of it so suddenly like they did the Wii.  They only have to support one system at a time now instead of splitting resources between home and handheld markets.  Also Switch style games are a better fit for Nintendo's developers compared to Wii style games.  Their developers prefer to make these types of games.



The_Liquid_Laser said:
curl-6 said:

That's a bold claim; I don't doubt Switch will sell well this year and 2021, but I'm skeptical whether Nintendo will push it hard enough beyond that for it to match PS4's legs in the long run.

The Switch is actually a very different animal than a system like the Wii.  Nintendo won't support of it so suddenly like they did the Wii.  They only have to support one system at a time now instead of splitting resources between home and handheld markets.  Also Switch style games are a better fit for Nintendo's developers compared to Wii style games.  Their developers prefer to make these types of games.

If Nintendo are smart they'll push the Switch for years to come, but what worries me is Nintendo have a long history of being really, really stupid at times.



curl-6 said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

The Switch is actually a very different animal than a system like the Wii.  Nintendo won't support of it so suddenly like they did the Wii.  They only have to support one system at a time now instead of splitting resources between home and handheld markets.  Also Switch style games are a better fit for Nintendo's developers compared to Wii style games.  Their developers prefer to make these types of games.

If Nintendo are smart they'll push the Switch for years to come, but what worries me is Nintendo have a long history of being really, really stupid at times.

Yeah, I agree that Nintendo can be stupid.  The dumb thing I am more worried about is that the next console won't be a hybrid like the Switch.  It would be dumb not to simply have a Switch 2 replace the Switch when the proper time comes. 

But they have said that they plan to support the Switch for many years, and I believe them when they say this.