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PlayStation 4 numbers sales are underestimated

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IcaroRibeiro said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

Switch ended the year with 28.26m in hardware sales.  This does not beat the annual best selling system record set by the DS's best year (2008) of 29.66m.  However this does beat the record for annual home console sales set by the Wii (also 2008) of 24.19m.

Switch now has the top selling year for a home console!

Switch is not a home console 

It is

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SKMBlake said:
IcaroRibeiro said:

Switch is not a home console 

It is

It's a hybrid console, but it competes in the home console space.

Longer answer, which includes some history - why I think Switch Lite counts in this space too:

The whole notion that handhelds and home consoles were completely unrelated markets with no levels of competition is more a myth than anything. This is just a personal example, but I definitely played RPGs like Mystic Quest on Gameboy as an alternative to home console games, and the same could be said for some other genres of games like Super RC Pro-Am, Battletoads, and Metroid 2. While handhelds weren't synonymous with home consoles, there was definitely overlap of competition. By the time of the DS and PSP there were notable examples of direct competition: Mario Kart DS, Monster Hunter series, Dragon Quest games. This only increased in the Vita/3DS era, and it simply led to the collapse of the handheld industry since there came to be few benefits to owning handhelds over mobile or home consoles - I think the idea of ultra-powered handhelds are not compelling because of people fearing the high price points - but Hybrids, which compete in the home console space, make the idea of a handheld form factor much more appealing, because you're buying a home console with a handheld option - and buying a Switch Lite with that proof of concept in the public conciousness doesn't suddenly mean people playing Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8, Witcher 3, Doom, Wolfenstein, Xenoblade Chronicles 1 and 2, etc... aren't playing it as a side thing only when they are outside the house and play only PS5 when they are in the house. So, I see Switch hybrid, handheld, and potential home console only, as being one console that just gives the options to player how they want to play - but is not a separate marketplace to home consoles.

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What is going on with Xbox Series?

It is even more severely supply constrained than PS5 (and if so, why so much more so?) or has demand been met and there's just not that many people who want one?

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)

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PSP and GBA will get outsold by mid-March.