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Ck1x said:
Cohh said:

Here we are again. I mean I am the only one that remembers people predicting the Wii would maybe do better than the Ps2, that the Ps4 wouldn't pass the 100 million, that the Switch would fail, that the PsP/DS would be a tight race. Many of those predictions were done many months or even years after the launch. So sorry but I don't think that anyone can actually really know how many Switch or PS5 are going to be sold.

I don't ever remember anyone saying that PS4 wouldn't clear 100 million, if anything all of the early guesstimates were that it would surpass PS2 numbers. As for Switch, I think the PS5 and Series X hardware droughts are only going to make it reach new heights in their yearly install base. 

There was a thread on here sometime in 2017/2018 with a few users doubting PS4 lifetime sales to exceed 100+ Million.



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PotentHerbs said:
Doctor_MG said:

"handhelds are a completely different market"

They aren't a completely different market, they are a subsection of the same market. Videogame consoles is a market, then there are subsections of "home" and "Handheld". 

You're arguing semantics at this point.

Handhelds have a different demographic than consoles similar to mobile gaming. Both are part of the videogame market but what made the PS4 successful differ from what made the DS successful. Just look at the difference in price, technology, portability, third party support, or even IP's like God of War & GTA that were made for the PSP. What do you think happens if the 3DS is priced the same as the PS4 at launch? What about if the PS4 dropped below $200 like the 3DS for the majority of its time on the market?

The PlayStation 2 also had a price drop to 99 euros / dollars



YanisFromFrance said:

The PlayStation 2 also had a price drop to 99 euros / dollars

It did but that's an outlier for Playstation consoles. 



YanisFromFrance said:

No, you're not objective, the Nintendo Switch is already beating the PS4 so the PS5 is nothing

Why are you avoiding all of my questions? Also you can't say "you're not objective" and then say "the ps5 is nothing".

You are making random statements with no definition, context, logic or source. Then you are ignoring the questions. Then you are making more subjective statements.



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No way to tell because it's too early to tell. But highly unlikely due to various reasons. Switch is a unique console that's hard to match. I mean depending on stock, it might be the first console to sell more than 30mil. The ps4'd best year barely had it above 20mil. I don't see any real reason yet why ps5 would match this milestone from the switch. But the future will tell



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The Nintendo Switch dominates the biggest markets. So yes, Switch sales will be higher



PotentHerbs said:

You're arguing semantics at this point.

Handhelds have a different demographic than consoles similar to mobile gaming. Both are part of the videogame market but what made the PS4 successful differ from what made the DS successful. Just look at the difference in price, technology, portability, third party support, or even IP's like God of War & GTA that were made for the PSP. What do you think happens if the 3DS is priced the same as the PS4 at launch? What about if the PS4 dropped below $200 like the 3DS for the majority of its time on the market?

"You're arguing semantics at this point"

Well, whenever you have an argument about definitions it is an argument about semantics. So we are both arguing semantics. 

"Both are part of the videogame market"

I'm glad we can agree on this

"What do you think happens if the 3DS is priced the same as the PS4 at launch?"

I don't understand what this has to do with why "consoles" excludes handheld consoles. Home consoles and handheld consoles are different, yes. Console's without the qualifier just means any videogame console. Home consoles means home, handheld consoles means handheld, consoles (or videogame consoles specifically) means all of the above. 



Doctor_MG said:

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"What do you think happens if the 3DS is priced the same as the PS4 at launch?"

I don't understand what this has to do with why "consoles" excludes handheld consoles. Home consoles and handheld consoles are different, yes. Console's without the qualifier just means any videogame console. Home consoles means home, handheld consoles means handheld, consoles (or videogame consoles specifically) means all of the above. 

On this particular point, Americans have been conditioned to think that 'console' means only home console and in turn excludes handheld consoles.

On topic: No.



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RolStoppable said:

On this particular point, Americans have been conditioned to think that 'console' means only home console and in turn excludes handheld consoles.

Well, I'm American and we're all idiots. No one should listen to us, including myself.  



It depends on Xbox Series X's performance which I think will be better than Xbox One's performance so currently I'm inclined to think PS5 will sell less than PS4 but so much can happen in the next few years.



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