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Fight-the-Streets said:

I always wondered how big the potential console market really would be. Let's suppose Microsoft, Sony and even Nintendo would give away their consoles for free, not even tied to a subscription. let's suppose they calculate they still would make enough money just through regular subscription fees, selling of games, dlc's and accessories. That would force the biggest console market possible. How big would it be? 300 mil., 500 mil. or more? Personally, I think, it wouldn't be much bigger than 300 mil.

To clarify, I'm talking about unique current gen console owners (Switch, PS5, Xbox Series-X/S), i.e. one who owns multiple consoles counts just as one.

This scenario would catapult the install base to over 800 million, but the vast majority of them wouldn't be used much. 300-350 million unique owners sounds about right.