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124,375 117,521 313,575 674,341
96,221 78,013 10,904 205,501
75,810 35,533 131 122,637
26,223 48,667 17,724 105,498
24,062 8,196 13 36,514
889 540 685 2,321

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The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 680,341 units sold for the week ending January 2, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 76,989,289 units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 205,501 units to bring its lifetime sales to 4,657,029 units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 122,637 units to bring their lifetime sales to 2,522,023 units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 105,498 units, the Xbox One sold 36,514 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 2,321 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are up 214,311 units (46.0%). The PlayStation 4 is down 126,236 units (-54.5%), the Xbox One is down 36,286 units (-49.8%), and the 3DS is down 21,977 units (-90.5%).

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 680,341 (76,989,289)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 205,501 (4,657,029)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 122,637 (2,522,023)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 105,498 (114,831,374)
  5. Xbox One - 36,514 (49,435,144)
  6. 3DS - 2,321 (75,909,307)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 133,745
  2. PlayStation 5 - 103,094
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 82,242
  4. PlayStation 4 - 28,776
  5. Xbox One - 26,114
  6. 3DS - 943
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Nintendo Switch - 123,521
  2. PlayStation 5 - 78,013
  3. PlayStation 4 - 48,667
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 35,533
  5. Xbox One - 8,196
  6. 3DS - 540
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 400,860
  2. PlayStation 4 - 25,602
  3. PlayStation 5 - 17,122
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 1,974
  5. Xbox One - 1,003
  6. 3DS - 796
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 22,215
  2. PlayStation 5 - 7,272
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 2,888
  4. PlayStation 4 - 2,453
  5. Xbox One - 1,201
  6. 3DS - 42
Last edited by trunkswd - on 15 January 2021

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400k Switch units in Asia. That is more than any other region sold in total. Wow.



The_Liquid_Laser said:

400k Switch units in Asia. That is more than any other region sold in total. Wow.

Just over three-quarters of Switch sales in Asia were in Japan. Switch sold an estimated 313,575 units in Japan. Or nearly half of Switch sales or the week. 



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Nice.
A large and expected drop for the Switch. But somehow, sales are up overall this week from last year. While that doesn't guarantee 2021 could match or surpass 2020 for Switch hardware sales, it certainly makes it more plausible.
Xbox One creeps closer to 50 million. It's pretty much a given now, unless Microsoft announces in the next few weeks that Xbox One S has been discontinued and there isn't much remaining stock.
3DS is pretty negligible now, and has been since it was discontinued. Pretty soon, it's going to get down to selling hundreds of units a week globally instead of thousands.



Lifetime Sales Predictions 

Switch: 144 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

"Let go your earthly tether, enter the void, empty and become wind." - Guru Laghima

For anyone wondering, this is week 53 for 2020 looking at our figures.



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Here's the GI.biz 2020 Annual report for Australia. 

Highlights:

  • Sales of video games in Australia surged 35% during the pandemic year.
  • 15.8 million boxed and digital video games were sold in 2020. Unlike other markets, the dominant sector was the boxed games business, with 8.5 million games sold (+15% YoY)
  • Digital sales were 7.3 million (+63% YoY).
  • Excluding title from publishers that don't share digital numbers (Nintendo, Betehesda, etc), 58% of sales came via download stores (+45% YoY).
  • The best-selling game in Australia was Animal Crossing: New Horizons, reaching the top without digital sales. #2 was Grand Theft Auto 5, a game originally released in 2013. In fact, GTA 5 sales were up 23% over the year before.
  • #5 is Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, which sold 88% more copies in 2020 (boxed only) than it did in 2019.
  • The top publisher of the year (digital and physical) was Nintendo (16% market share), and if we just count physical sales, that number jumps to 29%.
  • In terms of digital, Ubisoft was the top publisher with a 17% market share.
  • 1.2 million dedicated games devices (including handhelds) were sold in 2020, up 49% YoY.
  • #1 is Switch (up 88% YoY), #2 PS4 (down 22% YoY), #3 is PS5, #4 is Xbox One (down 42% YoY).
  • The PS4 DualShock 4 controller was the most successful controller.

GSD Annual 2020 Top 20 Video Games (Digital + Physical)
1 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)*
2 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
3 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
4 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Activision Blizzard)
5 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*
6 FIFA 21 (EA)
7 Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
8 The Last of Us Part 2 (Sony)
9 NBA 2K20 (2K Games)
10 NBA 2K21 (2K Games)
11 Ghost of Tsushima (Sony)
12 Just Dance 2020 (Ubisoft)
13 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)
14 FIFA 20 (EA)
15 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
16 Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)*
17 Cyberpunk 2077 (Bandai Namco/CD Projekt)*
18 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (Activision)
19 Minecraft: Switch edition (Mojang)*
20 Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)*

*Digital data not available



With 2020 settling at around 28.2M (I think a few regions will pop once we get Nintendo official data, so still chance at above 28.5M), I think there is room for growth in 2021. US/Europe IMO can go 5-10% higher than figures achieved this year (better software slate / revised model / better and more consistent inventory / better pricing during holidays). "Other" regions has even more room than that. Japan best case IMO is flat, more realistically 10-15% down -- its hard to match the impact of a title that cruised to #1 all time in the market in just a few months.

30M dream is still alive.



mk7sx said:

With 2020 settling at around 28.2M (I think a few regions will pop once we get Nintendo official data, so still chance at above 28.5M), I think there is room for growth in 2021. US/Europe IMO can go 5-10% higher than figures achieved this year (better software slate / revised model / better and more consistent inventory / better pricing during holidays). "Other" regions has even more room than that. Japan best case IMO is flat, more realistically 10-15% down -- its hard to match the impact of a title that cruised to #1 all time in the market in just a few months.

30M dream is still alive.

Covid bumped hw dramatically last year, most likely Switch will be down massively due to 2020 insane performance. Above 20M is locked. 



SilenceDeadly said:
mk7sx said:

With 2020 settling at around 28.2M (I think a few regions will pop once we get Nintendo official data, so still chance at above 28.5M), I think there is room for growth in 2021. US/Europe IMO can go 5-10% higher than figures achieved this year (better software slate / revised model / better and more consistent inventory / better pricing during holidays). "Other" regions has even more room than that. Japan best case IMO is flat, more realistically 10-15% down -- its hard to match the impact of a title that cruised to #1 all time in the market in just a few months.

30M dream is still alive.

Covid bumped hw dramatically last year, most likely Switch will be down massively due to 2020 insane performance. Above 20M is locked. 

Switch sales should be up YoY in January and February, but March will be when we know how things are stacking up for Switch in 2021. 



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Why are people using the covid argument for 2020 sales....and pretending like covid has already passed? Suddenly it is 2021, and covid is over? If covid was a big reason for switch sales in 2020, well, i guess it will repeat in 2021 because covid is far from over; not much has changed since last year, and vaccination will take a loooong time.

So i guess switch will continue to sell as much as last year, going with that argument