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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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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 8

This weekly mini-series compares the aligned launch sales of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch. 

It should be noted the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S had a worldwide launch, while the PlayStation 5 launch was split over the course of two weeks. Also, the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017, while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S launched during the holidays in November 2020.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Global:

  1. PS5: 4,657,029
  2. Switch: 2,815,056
  3. XSX|S: 2,522,023

Through the first eight weeks available worldwide the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Switch and Xbox Series X|S by a fair margin. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.84 million units and is 2.13 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. 

The PS5 has sold 4.66 million in eight weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 2.82 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 2.52 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through eight weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 46.6 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 28.2 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 25.2 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 21.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch US:

  1. PS5: 1,962,361
  2. XSX|S: 1,422,675
  3. Switch: 1,084,031

Through the first eight weeks available in the US the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 539,686 units and is 878,330 units ahead of the Switch. 

The PS5 has sold 1.96 million in eight weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 1.42 million units and the Switch 1.08 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through eight weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 43.9 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 31.8 percent, and the Switch at 24.3 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 26 and current Xbox Series X|S sales until week 15.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Europe (7 weeks):

  1. PS5: 1,629,814
  2. Switch: 755,479
  3. XSX|S: 670,070

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After seven weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 874,335 units and is 959,744 units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. 

The PS5 has sold 1.63 million in six weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 0.75 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 0.67 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through seven weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 53.4 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 24.7 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 21.9 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 29.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Japan:

  1. Switch: 698,869
  2. PS5: 268,042
  3. XSX|S: 32,406

Through the first eight weeks available in Japan the Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S by a wide margin. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 430,827 units and is 666,463 units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. 

The Switch has sold 698,869 units in eight weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 268,042 units, and the Xbox Series X|S 32,406 units.

Looking at the marketshare through eight weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 69.9 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 26.8 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 3.3 percent.



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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?



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PSP and GBA will get outsold by mid-March.