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With regards to Nintendo's lousy Direct having an impact on the weekly sales.  Keep in mind that the majority of people buying Switches are probably not gaming enthusiasts that follow the Directs very closely.  The Directs are mostly targeting enthusiasts like people on this thread who have made our minds up about the Switch a long time ago.  The Directs were meant to build hype and that hype does eventually trickle down to the gaming community at large but that takes time.  This Direct being a fail will probably cost Nintendo, but it will probably take a longer timeframe than just a few weeks.  That being said, I cannot understate how the lack of new AAA releases (which is a major symptom of a crappy Direct) will definitely have an effect on Switch sales over time and I think that it already has. 

Nintendo really looks to be just riding the momentum of the Switch which I personally see as a huge risk and a wasted opportunity.  There is no guarantee that new hardware will be anywhere nearly as successful as the Switch has been and Nintendo no longer has the 3DS to back them up.  Nintendo saw the consequences of this same complacency back in the Wii days when Nintendo got caught completely flat-footed with the Wii U and had basically nothing coming out of the pipeline for the first year of the console's life (and it took more than 1.5 years before any of their heavy hitting games came).  What's worse was that Nintendo had basically done absolutely nothing to familiarize themselves with developing HD games during the Wii era and were completely unprepared for development on the Wii U.  The Wii U's gimmick was also a complete waste and Nintendo clearly had no idea of how it could be used and the console's entire launch was just a lazy mess.

What on earth was the company doing during the light release schedule of the Wii days?  It seems to me that they were sitting around counting their money while watching Netflix.  During the second half of the Wii U era we saw some of the most impressive innovation that has ever come from Nintendo (Mario Kart 8, Smash 4, Splatoon, Mario Maker, BOTW) but that only happened after Iwata took a 50% pay-cut and openly admitted that the company's home console market was in serious jeopardy.  It pains me to see Nintendo going straight back to that mentality as soon as the Switch sees some success even after their near-death experience.  It makes me even more concerned that Nintendo has now lost their dedicated handheld market which literally saved Nintendo's butt during the Wii U.

Nintendo will probably be fine with regards to Switch sales this year, but I just really hope that they are not sitting around doing nothing with this time of prosperity.  This attitude could really cost the company and this time there may be no Iwata who is literally willing to give his life to save the company.



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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 13

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: 5,182,773
  2. Switch: 3,563,530
  3. XSX|S: 3,517,194

Through the first 13 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 1.62 million units and is 1.67 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by only 46,336 units.

The PS5 has sold 5.18 million in 13 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 3.56 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 3.52 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 13 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 42.2 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 29.1 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 28.7 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 24.

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

  1. PS5: 2,261,466
  2. XSX|S: 1,786,905
  3. Switch: 1,355,303

Through the first 13 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 0.47 million units and is 0.91 million units ahead of the Switch. The Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Switch by 0.43 million units.

The PS5 has sold 2.26 million in 13 weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 1.79 million units and the Switch 1.36 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 13 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 41.8 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 33.1 percent, and the Switch at 25.1 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 33 and current Xbox Series X|S sales until week 22.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Europe (12 weeks):

  1. PS5: 1,702,831
  2. XSX|S: 1,027,328
  3. Switch: 980,809

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 12 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.68 million units and is 0.72 million units ahead of the Switch. The Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Switch by only 46,519 units.

The PS5 has sold 1.70 million in 12 weeks in Europe, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 1.03 million units and the Switch 0.98 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 12 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 45.9 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 27.7 percent, and the Switch at 26.4 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 30.

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

  1. Switch: 901,342
  2. PS5: 343,293
  3. XSX|S: 34,668

Through the first 13 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 0.56 million units and is 0.87 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.31 million units.

The Switch has sold 901,342 units in 13 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 343,293 units, and the Xbox Series X|S 34,668 units.

Looking at the marketshare through 13 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 70.5 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 26.8 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.7 percent.



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It is insane that the Switch is about to kick off it's 5th year on the market.



Looks like Switch is almost to 2m after 5 weeks. That is a hell of a lot of sales momentum.



For those saying the Direct will somehow damage Switch sales: (a) it won't, the people who watch them almost all have a Switch already, and (b) even if it did, it wouldn't show up in these numbers, or the next lot, because we are 2 weeks behind realtime in terms of when our numbers come in.

People act like Switch is facing a drought when it's about to get possibly its biggest third party game ever.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

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curl-6 said:

For those saying the Direct will somehow damage Switch sales: (a) it won't, the people who watch them almost all have a Switch already, and (b) even if it did, it wouldn't show up in these numbers, or the next lot, because we are 2 weeks behind realtime in terms of when our numbers come in.

People act like Switch is facing a drought when it's about to get possibly its biggest third party game ever.

People are dumb and always get mad because of unrealistic expectations, they literally said in the press release that it would focus on existing games and games coming in the first half of the year, it delivered on that and more.



When the herd loses its way, the shepard must kill the bull that leads them astray.

Elputoxd said:

Xbox Series X and S vs Xbox One (launch aligned)

Week 1 - 1285k vs 1104k

Week 2 - 203k vs 454k

Week 3 - 200k vs 286k

Week 4 - 253k vs 375k

Week 5 - 283k vs 402k

Week 6 - 323k vs 295k

Week 7 - 290k vs 145k

Week 8 - 187k vs 79k

Week 9 - 105k vs 64k

Week 10 - 86k vs 61k

Week 11 - 94k vs 61k

Week 12 - 98k vs 64k (Series X and S surpass Xbox One) 

Week 13 - 103k vs 66k

Xbox One had higher sales at the beginning probably because of Series X and S' lower supply caused by Covid but, after the Holiday season, the Xbox One dropped off a cliff while the Series consoles have been selling much better. As of now, the Series X and S consoles are ahead of the Nintendo DS, the Xbox 360, the PS3, the PSP and the majority of consoles in history - including all previous Xbox consoles - but they are trailing behing 5 consoles: the Wii, the 3DS, the PS4, the Switch and the PS5.

Interested in seeing how the X and the S perform throughout the year. Cheers.

Thank you, that’s the data I want to see. Gen over gen improvement. Better then every Xbox before, and while being supply constrained. Even with Xbox games on PC day 1 the console is still tracking well by comparison. 

Considering they launched with essentially Gears Tactics and EA Play being added to Game Pass, this bodes very well for the gen. Positive PR, competitive pricing and this is before their massive wave of 1st party coming. Very exciting to see what happens this fall. 



Xbox: Best hardware, Game Pass best value, best BC, more 1st party genres and multiplayer titles. 

 

Europe: Series X and S vs Xbox One (launch aligned)

Week 1 - 345k vs 311k
Week 2 - 90k vs 91k
Week 3 - 83k vs 78k
Week 4 - 83k vs 83k
Week 5 - 79k vs 82k
Week 6 - 94k vs 65k
Week 7 - 85k vs 41k
Week 8 - 52k vs 25k
Week 9 - 29k vs 20k
Week 10 - 25k vs 17k
Week 11 - 30k vs 16k
Week 12 - 27k vs 15k
Week 13 - 27k vs 13k

After the holiday season, the Series X and S are selling around double what the Xbox One was in 2014. 

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PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 13

This weekly mini-series compares the aligned launch sales of the PlayStation 5 with its predecessor, the PlayStation 4. 

The first week for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending November 14, 2020, while for the PlayStation 4 it is the week ending November 16, 2013.

The two consoles had a staggered launch with the PlayStation 5 launching November 12, 2020 in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, and the rest of the world on November 19, 2020. The PlayStation 4 launched in North America on November 15, 2013, in Europe on November 29, 2013, and in Japan on February 22, 2014.

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 20,759 - PS5

Gap change over last month: 7,042 - PS4

Total Lead: 121,214 - PS4

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 5,182,773

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 5,303,987

During week 13, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 by 20,759 units. However, in the last month, the PlayStation 4 has grown its lead by 7,042 units. The PlayStation 4 is currently ahead by 121,214 units. 

The PlayStation 5 has sold 5.18 million units in 13 weeks, while the PlayStation 4 sold 5.30 million units. Week 13 for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending February 6, 2021 and it is the week ending February 8, 2014 for the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 sold 136,500 units in its 14th week to bring its lifetime sales to 5,440,487 units. The PlayStation 5 would need to sell 257,714 units in its 14th week to catch up to the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 crossed six million units sold in week 16, seven million sold units in week 21, and eight million sold in week 28. 

Sony managed to ship 4.5 million PlayStation 5 consoles as of December 31, 2020, which is the exact same number of PlayStation 4 consoles in its first quarter in 2013. Sony wants to ship over 14.8 million PlayStation 5 consoles in its next fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2021 to Mar 31, 2022. 



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Switch with the hottest 5-week start of any VGC tracked system so far.  Notably, VGC USA JAN 2021 is at 381K, which was the hard lower limit for the NPD range (381K - 466K).  Good chance there's 20-40K to pick up there if NPD JAN 2021 ever leaks.