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When will the switch outsell the ps4?

Second half of 2022 7 4.09%
 
First half of 2023 4 2.34%
 
Second half of 2023 16 9.36%
 
First half of 2024 8 4.68%
 
Second half of 2024 14 8.19%
 
First half of 2025 6 3.51%
 
Second half of 2025 4 2.34%
 
Later than above 1 0.58%
 
Never 111 64.91%
 
Total:171
Radek said:
Link_knight30 said:

I first believe it won't beat PS4 but i later think that is not even a direct competition.

I mean: the switch is like an hybrid console, is not entirely a homeconsole and not entirely a portable, however it has the advantage of being both.

It is more realistic to compare the PS4 with another "full" homeconsole.

Conclusion is: the switch will sell more for a little bit not for being better on sales but for being also a portable. (like 2 consoles in one)

Nobody cares if it's direct competition or not, we just speculate whether it can outsell PS4, same was we speculated if DS would outsell PS2.

Yes, that's what I said in my conclusion: in my opinion, the switch will outsell the PS4 probably after 2023. I was just explaining why i think it will. 



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curl-6 said:
Radek said:

Nobody cares if it's direct competition or not, we just speculate whether it can outsell PS4, same was we speculated if DS would outsell PS2.

This; a comparison does not need to be limited to only very similar devices.

PS4 and 3DS were compared for years, and the former outselling the latter was considered a milestone.

Yes, it was just an observation.



aris4me said:

I was wondering why we say "switch 2 " like it may be a completely different console in terms of sales... and why we won't calculate switch + switch 2 vs ps4 + ps4 pro... Cause all these sales of PS4 are ps4 + ps4 pro (Gen 8 + 8,5 or 9 or I don't know :p )

Revisions have always been combined; nobody separates sales of the PS2 Fat and the PS2 Slim or the DS and the DSi.

People use 'Switch 2' to refer to a full blown successor, a PS5 to Switch's PS4, not a revision or 'Pro'.



zorg1000 said:
VideoGameAccountant said:

One thing I haven't seen mentioned is how well Nintendo's other handhelds have performed. Here is a brief rundown of each of Nintendo's handhelds by global sales

System Sales
Game Boy 118.69 M
Game Boy Advance 81.51 M
Nintendo DS  154.02M
Nintendo 3DS 75.45 M
Average Sales 107.41 M

Keep in mind too that the GBA was cut off early so it was only on the market for about 4-5 years. But as you can see, the average for Nintendo's handhelds is 107 million. This is already about where the PS4 is at. Switch only needs to sell a bit more above the average which is very doable. Nintendo's Q3 results aren't out yet but so far Switch sales are up about 30 percent through the first 6 months. 

I think this assumption that it can't happen is really driven by people looking at the console side and not the handheld side. There is a reason Nintendo made a hybrid system.

GBA was cut short but on the other hand Gameboy had an insane sales curve thanks to Pokemon & GBC causing it to peak in its 10th year and went 12 years before getting a successor which is unheard of so I think they cancel each other out.

Keep in mind Game Boy was released in a much different time. Game sales were no where what they were today. The NES was considered a phenomenon but only sold 60 million worldwide. Game Boy did have a much longer lifespan than many other consoles with 12 years overall. But I think when you consider that sales were much lower overall then the differences sort of equal out. 



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It won't, a successor will come out before it reaches the number. I estimate the Switch sells about 100-110 million units lifetime. It started 4 years too late to catch up to Sony. It will be closer between its successor and the PS5.



bookmarked for the future.

I think way too many are banking upon the Switch getting cut short here. But unlike with the Wii, the GBA and the DS, there's simply no reason to do so this time around, and there's no direct competition on the market against the Switch, either. I think all those who don't think it can sell over 110M are in for a treat in a couple years.

Right now, 66.67% think Switch won't outsell the PS4, so pretty much exactly 2/3 of the forums. I'm curious how this will play out and change in the future...



SammyGiireal said:
It won't, a successor will come out before it reaches the number. I estimate the Switch sells about 100-110 million units lifetime. It started 4 years too late to catch up to Sony. It will be closer between its successor and the PS5.

So what? You think sales stop after a successor?

There's no such thing as starting 4 years too late. Each system will have it's own market life.



PS4 is at 106 million now, it's not going to just magically stop at 110 million.

Really Sony could probably hit 140 mill if they really want to, they haven't even cut to $199.99 let alone $149.99 ... if they wanted that number they could get it. It's a question of what they want to do.

Selling 106 million mostly at $299-$399 is crazy. Even the PS2 needed significant price cuts and DS was $130 or less basically all its product cycle ... for the PS4 to be $300 or more basically all its life cycle to 100+ million is incredible. 

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Nu-13 said:
SammyGiireal said:
It won't, a successor will come out before it reaches the number. I estimate the Switch sells about 100-110 million units lifetime. It started 4 years too late to catch up to Sony. It will be closer between its successor and the PS5.

So what? You think sales stop after a successor?

A feel like people often make this assumption. As the most recent example from Nintendo, the 3DS looks like it'll finish up having sold 12 million after its replacement.