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Forums - Sales Discussion - Global Hardware 11 August 2018

the gap was minimal this week, within margin of error. And soon we will have some series of weeks with PS4 at top.



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Random_Matt said:
PS4 is five years old more or less, it should not even be close.

You're right, PS4 so close after peak should stomp the Switch.



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xMetroid said:

Probably the last week Switch will win before later this year but tbh i wasn't expecting (as credible as these numbers are) 5 weeks on top.
This isn't boost from any release tho, PS4 is the one getting new games that week. Switch momentum is just increasing on it's own.

Yeah, that's incredible. This shouldn't be Octopath anymore, should it? Maybe Octopath changed the perception of Switch getting only ports and additional new infos regarding Smash and a flood of Indies vitalizing Switch momentum.



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quickrick said:
zorg1000 said:
The 5 year old console argument makes no sense. PS1, PSP, PS3 & PS4 all peaked in year 4 or 5, it's normal for PS consoles to do their best around this time.

i think the better argument would be pricing, ps4 is 5 years old and 299$ which is the same price as the switch. the fact that ps4 is selling this good at this price after 5 years is the amazing part because if it had xbox like deals which what the norm  the late in the gen, it would have destroyed the competition.

I get what you're saying but at the same time PS4 is much more powerful, has much more storage and multimedia capabilities so I think the price thing kinda cancels out.

With that said, PS4 is doing amazing regardless of age/price.



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Medisti said:
CGI-Quality said:

Yes, but the effect of it should be felt next week, since this only includes two days.

Aren't the majority of sales usually in the first two to three days of a release?

Yeah, for hardcore titles. Not sure how casual Madden is. But the bigger thing in my opinion is, that Madden is a yearly release. All Madden-fans probably have a new system by now. So I don't think it affects hardware much.



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With this week the PS4 passes the GBA!

360 and PS3... Winter is coming.



Mnementh said:
xMetroid said:

Probably the last week Switch will win before later this year but tbh i wasn't expecting (as credible as these numbers are) 5 weeks on top.
This isn't boost from any release tho, PS4 is the one getting new games that week. Switch momentum is just increasing on it's own.

Yeah, that's incredible. This shouldn't be Octopath anymore, should it? Maybe Octopath changed the perception of Switch getting only ports and additional new infos regarding Smash and a flood of Indies vitalizing Switch momentum.

I think it's the combination of all the titles released from mid-June to mid-July giving it added momentum.

Fortnite, Paladins, Hollow Knight, Minecraft (retail), Mario Tennis, Lego Incredibles, Crash Bandicoot, Wolfenstein, Ys, Shining Resonance, Captain Toad, Octopath Traveler all released in like a 5 week window, that's a pretty diverse lineup that can appeal to multiple different demographics.



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Mnementh said:
xMetroid said:

Probably the last week Switch will win before later this year but tbh i wasn't expecting (as credible as these numbers are) 5 weeks on top.
This isn't boost from any release tho, PS4 is the one getting new games that week. Switch momentum is just increasing on it's own.

Yeah, that's incredible. This shouldn't be Octopath anymore, should it? Maybe Octopath changed the perception of Switch getting only ports and additional new infos regarding Smash and a flood of Indies vitalizing Switch momentum.

When was the Smash Direct again? Maybe that one could have boosted sales too?



fedfed said:
Now we just need Europe to convert!

Well, like the last quarterly report showed, they are starting to Switch



Meanwhile, the Switch still does almost around PS4 peak numbers in it's 2nd year, with a lack of high profile games since last year. (Not to say, Mid-Tier games had no effect, far from it).

3rd year will be an interesting watch !



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