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Forums - Sales Discussion - December NPD 2020: Switch 2.1 million, PS5 800K, XBS 700K

Does anyone know how NPD handles months? Does it do it by weeks like vgchartz or does it calculate each day individually? 

If it calculates by weeks, how many weeks does it use for December?

Sorry if this has been answered before, I am just curious as to how NPD could relate to VGChartz data.

Edit: Kind of answering my question a little bit here is a tweet I found, but maybe someone has more specific details?

Last edited by dmillos - on 15 January 2021

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dmillos said:

Does anyone know how NPD handles months? Does it do it by weeks like vgchartz or does it calculate each day individually? 

If it calculates by weeks, how many weeks does it use for December?

Sorry if this has been answered before, I am just curious as to how NPD could relate to VGChartz data.

NPD uses weeks and compiles months based on the NRF calendar, meaning that the first two months of each quarter are four-week-periods and the third month of each quarter is a five-week-period. So December is always five weeks for NPD.

The lone exception to the above is January which gets extended to five weeks every five to six years, because a year isn't exactly 52 weeks (364 days) long.



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Marth said:

So PS5 was 2nd in revenue but PS4 was 2nd in units.

I'm suprised there were even enough PS4s stockpiled heading into the holiday for it to beat the PS5 in units. One would assume that Sony has been putting all their focus into shipping PS5s since its release and I was under the impression that the PS4's terrible performance in October was due to low stock. I suppose maybe it wasn't.



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UnderwaterFunktown said:
Marth said:

So PS5 was 2nd in revenue but PS4 was 2nd in units.

I'm suprised there were even enough PS4s stockpiled heading into the holiday for it to beat the PS5 in units. One would assume that Sony has been putting all their focus into shipping PS5s since its release and I was under the impression that the PS4's terrible performance in October was due to low stock. I suppose maybe it wasn't.

I've not seen such a statement for December. Piscatella made a statement about the PS5 having higher revenue than the PS4 in the whole of 2020, but the PS4 sold more units, and I think that is what Marth relayed.



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UnderwaterFunktown said:
Marth said:

So PS5 was 2nd in revenue but PS4 was 2nd in units.

I'm suprised there were even enough PS4s stockpiled heading into the holiday for it to beat the PS5 in units. One would assume that Sony has been putting all their focus into shipping PS5s since its release and I was under the impression that the PS4's terrible performance in October was due to low stock. I suppose maybe it wasn't.

We currently have no ballpark of the other consoles numbers.

Switch should be around 2M which also means it covers roughly 40% of the monthly $ sales, so the remaining 60% have to be split between PS5, PS4, XB Series, XBO and 3DS.



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Marth said:

So PS5 was 2nd in revenue but PS4 was 2nd in units.

Is this for December or 2020 as a whole? It doesn't seem very possible that PS4 sold that good in December



 

derpysquirtle64 said:
Marth said:

So PS5 was 2nd in revenue but PS4 was 2nd in units.

Is this for December or 2020 as a whole? It doesn't seem very possible that PS4 sold that good in December

Pretty sure the original quote has got somewhat confused. I believe it was actually referring to "Ps4 2013" December NPD numbers.



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derpysquirtle64 said:
Marth said:

So PS5 was 2nd in revenue but PS4 was 2nd in units.

Is this for December or 2020 as a whole? It doesn't seem very possible that PS4 sold that good in December

Thats for all of 2020.

It seems the new generation is slowly behind in shipments compared to last gen.



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RolStoppable said:
UnderwaterFunktown said:

I'm suprised there were even enough PS4s stockpiled heading into the holiday for it to beat the PS5 in units. One would assume that Sony has been putting all their focus into shipping PS5s since its release and I was under the impression that the PS4's terrible performance in October was due to low stock. I suppose maybe it wasn't.

I've not seen such a statement for December. Piscatella made a statement about the PS5 having higher revenue than the PS4 in the whole of 2020, but the PS4 sold more units, and I think that is what Marth relayed.

Yea looking at the original posts you're right. I just misunderstood Marth there. In that case there's nothing too suprising about that statement, and unless otherwise is revealed I would assume PS4 and Xbone had a very weak holiday.



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