The problem with this March+April+November+December comparison is that for Switch it's a combination of months that required Nintendo to release big system sellers whereas for Sony March+April had little relevance.
Switch was planned to launch during the holiday season 2016, but it wouldn't make sense to delay the launch by a full year when you can't make that date. The benefit of a holiday launch is mitigation of risk; companies can count on a strong second month in addition to a good first month and that's crucial for building the initial installed base to increase third party developer interest and confidence. But this benefit would not have justified it for Nintendo to sit on finished games until the holiday season 2017; they have fixed expenses to cover, so Switch's launch got postponed by only three months. But I suppose you believed that March 2017 was Nintendo's original target when you made your argument; it wasn't.
Nope I did believe it was Holiday 2016. But I have had people saying that if Nintendo wanted to release on Holiday they would have more inventory.
But yes I do agree that releasing on Holidays is safer, still for both PS4 and Switch they were very much limited by inventory.
The price, simple as that.
I think right now, with the Corona Virus and all that. People are not going to be able to spend as much (at least part of the target population).
Maybe they will surprise us with the price and then I will def. adjust this way up.
Both companies seem to be willing to be aggressive on pricing of at least least on their cheaper version.
Are we comparing launch periods (IE. first 2 - 3 months) or just the launch week?
Either way, PS5 is going to crush all sorts of records when it launches, I wouldn't be surprised if Sony moved 3 - 4 Million PS5's on launch week if they had enough supply to meet demand. Series X has a slight chance to outsell the Switch too because its launching during the holidays.
Thread is launch window (2 months), but sure you can comment first week if you like.
To add ro Rol’s point, Holidays are not just easier to sell initial numbers, but also to properly stuff the channel in case you need a high production input.
With the amount of money spent during the Holidays by consumers, retailers are more willing to order more because warehouse turnover is faster, delivery companies have more employees to ship everything, etc.
From my professional experience with Best Buy and Gamestop, retailers will order on need basis, even for a hot new product, during the regular sales months, but will take all they can during Holidays and that alone can make the difference.