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Forums - Sales Discussion - Ultimate Console Showdown: 2021 FINISHED

This is the Ultimate Console Showdown comparison thread for 2021.

The battles for this year are as follows:

  • Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo DS'09 (27M)
  • Playstation 5 vs Nintendo Switch'17 (13.1M)
  • Xbox Series vs Xbox One'15 (8.4M)
  • Playstation 4 vs Xbox 360'14 (2.2M)
  • Xbox One vs 3DS'20 (490k)

Edit: September 2022.

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2009 Nintendo DS vs. 2021 Nintendo Switch Comparison

'09 NDS - Weekly '09 NDS - Yearly '21 NSW - Weekly '21 NSW - Yearly (+/-) Weekly (+/-) Yearly
424,458 (January) 424,458 (January) 474,108 (January) 474,108 (January) +49,650 +49,650
344,586 769,044 435,858 909,966 +91,272 +140,922
378,788 1,147,832 358,228 1,268,194 -20,560 +120,362
453,495 1,601,327 353,737 1,621,931 -99,758 +20,604
353,704 (February) 1,955,031 (February) 366,452 (February) 1,988,383 (February) +12,748 +33,352
356,255 2,311,286 493,791 2,482,174 +137,536 +170,888
338,515 2,649,801 424,553 2,906,727 +86,038 +256,926
303,641 2,953,442 406,905 3,313,632 +103,264 +360,190
292,914 (March) 3,246,356 (March) 424,617 (March) 3,738,249 (March) +131,703 +491,893
292,920 3,539,276 419,124 4,157,373 +126,204 +618,097
354,959 3,894,235 470,678 4,628,051 +115,719 +733,816
359,836 4,254,071 772,254 5,400,305 +412,418 +1,146,234
631,957 (April) 4,886,028 (April) 517,554 5,917,859 -114,403 +1,031,831
886,655 5,772,683 396,651 (April) 6,314,510 (April) -490,004 +541,827
541,879 6,314,562 389,023 6,684,533 -152,856 +388,971
410,493 6,725,055 395,480 7,099,013 -15,013 +373,958
430,518 7,155,573 455,075 7,554,088 +24,557 +398,515
409,826 (May) 7,565,399 (May) 358,870 (May) 7,912,958 (May) -50,956 +347,559
352,892 7,918,291 389,298 8,302,256 +36,406 +383,965
352,695 8,270,986 372,230 8,674,486 +19,535 +403,500
388,930 8,659,916 331,585 9,006,071 -57,345 +346,155
362,617 (June) 9,022,533 (June) 350,990 (June) 9,357,061 (June) -11,627 +334,528
361,088 9,383,621 332,865 9,689,926 -28,223 +306,305
382,751 9,766,372 332,606 10,022,532 -50,145 +256,160
394,046 10,160,418 338,848 10,361,380 -55,198 +200,962
405,341 (July) 10,565,759 (July) 350,340 10,711,720 -55,001 +145,961
495,351 11,061,110 329,329 (July) 11,041,049 (July) -166,022 -20,061
447,211 11,508,321 317,362 11,358,411 -129,849 -149,910
398,871 11,907,192 294,834 11,653,245 -104,037 -253,947
398,912 12,306,104 282,653 11,935,898 -116,259 -370,206
378,743 (August) 12,684,847 (August) 291,514 (August) 12,227,412 (August) -87,229 -457,435
373,096 13,057,943 310,933 12,538,345 -62,163 -519,598
348,669 13,406,612 292,523 12,830,868 -56,146 -575,744
331,402 13,738,014 285,818 13,116,686 -45,584 -621,328
326,511 (September) 14,064,525 (September) 283,585 (September) 13,400,271 (September) -42,926 -664,254
331,807 14,396,332 291,004 13,691,275 -40,803 -705,057
338,703 14,735,035 272,478 13,963,753 -66,225 -771,282
324,895 15,059,930 261,301 14,225,054 -63,594 -834,876
351,848 15,411,778 252,858 14,477,912 -98,990 -933,866
333,779 (October) 15,745,557 (October) 858,234 (October) 15,336,146 (October) +524,455 -409,411
316,101 16,061,658 409,194 15,745,340 +93,093 -316,318
321,941 16,383,599 487,479 16,232,819 +165,538 -150,780
380,029 16,763,628 453,725 16,686,544 +73,696 -77,084
444,973 (November) 17,208,601 (November) 524,664 (November) 17,211,208 (November) +79,691 +2,607
549,923 17,758,524 562,232 17,773,440 +12,309 +14,916
783,492 18,542,016 740,953 18,514,393 -42,539 -27,623
1,524,731 20,066,747 1,537,157 20,051,550 +12,426 -15,197
1,205,167 (December) 21,271,914 (December) 1,109,744 (December) 21,161,294 (December) -95,423 -110,620
1,473,301 22,745,215 1,102,964 22,264,258 -370,337 -480,957
1,696,602 24,441,817 1,125,609 23,389,867 -570,993 -1,051,950
1,792,678 26,234,495 1,081,024 24,470,891 -711,654 -1,763,604
825,243 27,059,738 575,918 25,046,809 -249,325 -2,012,929

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2017 Nintendo Switch vs. 2021 PlayStation 5 Comparison

'17 NSW - Weekly '17 NSW - Yearly '21 PS5 - Weekly '21 PS5 - Yearly (+/-) Weekly

(+/-) Yearly

- (January) - (January) 149,295 (January)
149,295 (January) +149,295 +149,295
- - 136,176 285,471 +136,176 +285,471
- - 184,284 469,755 +184,284 +469,755
- - 178,738 648,493 +178,738 +648,493
- (February) - (February) 180,855 (February) 829,348 (February) +180,855 +829,348
- - 212,983 1,042,331 +212,983 +1,042,331
- - 222,968 1,265,299 +222,968 +1,265,299
- - 221,972 1,487,271 +221,972 +1,487,271
1,400,822 (March) 1,400,822 (March) 247,533 (March) 1,734,804 (March) -1,153,289 +333,982
227,497 1,628,319 268,401 2,003,205 +40,904 +374,886
213,874 1,842,193 287,611 2,290,816 +73,737 +448,623
274,888 2,117,081 317,473 2,608,289 +42,585 +491,208
212,557 2,329,638 249,269 2,857,558 +36,712 +527,920
167,717 (April) 2,497,355 (April) 152,704 (April) 3,010,262 (April) -15,013 +512,907
162,227 2,659,582 159,733 3,169,995 -2,494 +510,413
155,474 2,815,056 161,700 3,331,695 +6,226 +516,639
258,625 3,073,681 175,393 3,507,088 -83,232 +433,407
141,147 (May) 3,214,828 (May) 167,794 (May) 3,674,882 (May) +26,647 +460,054
114,042 3,328,870 220,197 3,895,079 +106,155 +566,209
115,751 3,444,621 180,453 4,075,532 +64,702 +630,911
118,909 3,563,530 232,613 4,308,145 +113,704 +744,615
114,641 3,678,171 185,629 (June) 4,493,774 (June) +70,988 +815,603
118,575 (June) 3,796,746 (June) 179,663 4,673,437 +61,088 +876,691
171,869 3,968,615 190,116 4,863,553 +18,247 +894,938
128,127 4,096,742 219,942 5,083,495 +91,815 +986,753
91,409 4,188,151 203,505 5,287,000 +112,096 +1,098,849
118,283 (July) 4,306,434 (July) 220,907 (July) 5,507,907 (July) +102,624 +1,201,473
124,716 4,431,150 212,105 5,720,012 +87,389 +1,288,862
248,460 4,679,610 222,826 5,942,838 -25,634 +1,263,228
177,896 4,857,506 244,061 6,186,899 +66,165 +1,329,393
151,457 (August) 5,008,963 (August) 214,170 (August) 6,401,069 (August) +62,713 +1,392,106
183,211 5,192,174 217,500 6,618,569 +34,289 +1,426,395
125,422 5,317,596 239,717 6,858,286 +114,295 +1,540,690
173,415 5,491,011 246,183 7,104,469 +72,768 +1,613,458
157,795 5,648,806 246,654 (September) 7,351,123 (September) +88,859 +1,702,317
158,306 (September) 5,807,112 (September) 250,980 7,602,103 +92,674 +1,794,991
158,470 5,965,582 265,257 7,867,360 +106,787 +1,901,778
157,278 6,122,860 275,492 8,142,852 +118,214 +2,019,992
201,859 6,324,719 266,772 8,409,624 +64,913 +2,084,905
158,387 (October) 6,483,106 (October) 237,060 (October)
8,646,684 (October) +78,673 +2,163,578
167,154 6,650,260 232,932 8,879,616 +65,778 +2,229,356
163,314 6,813,574 235,919 9,115,535 +72,605 +2,301,961
309,200 7,122,774 247,321 9,362,856 -61,879 +2,240,082
228,255 (November) 7,351,029 (November) 257,000 (November) 9,619,856 (November) +28,745 +2,268,827
268,438 7,619,467 314,268 9,934,124 +45,830 +2,314,657
338,547 7,958,014 302,156 10,236,280 -36,391 +2,278,266
850,754 8,808,768 345,403 10,581,683 -505,351 +1,772,915
666,083 9,474,851 312,332 (December) 10,894,015 (December) -353,751 +1,419,164
821,232 (December) 10,296,083 (December) 347,366 11,241,381 -473,866 +945,298
1,001,616 11,297,699 482,390 11,723,771 -519,226 +426,072
1,180,525 12,478,224 515,118 12,238,889 -665,407 -239,335
638,044 13,116,268 347,064 12,585,953 -290,980 -530,315

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2015 XBOX One vs. 2021 XBOX Series Comparison

'15 XB1 - Weekly '15 XB1 - Yearly '21 XBSX - Weekly '21 XBSX - Yearly (+/-) Weekly (+/-) Yearly
86,398 (January) 86,398 (January) 96,058 (January) 96,058 (January) +9,660 +9,660
72,465 158,863 79,075 175,133 +6,610 +16,270
75,519 234,382 83,160 258,293 +7,641 +23,911
81,824 316,206 87,020 345,313 +5,196 +29,107
105,223 (February) 421,429 (February) 84,317 (February) 429,630 (February) -20,906 +8,201
110,473 531,902 88,195 517,825 -22,278 -14,077
106,870 638,772 84,914 602,739 -21,956 -36,033
109,718 748,490 93,319 696,058 -16,399 -52,432
90,387 (March) 838,877 (March) 128,147 (March) 824,205 (March) +37,760 -14,672
82,439 921,316 130,089 954,294 +47,650 +32,978
90,160 1,011,476 152,384 1,106,678 +62,224 +95,202
84,790 1,096,266 145,809 1,252,487 +61,019 +156,221
84,118 (April) 1,180,384 (April) 118,534 (April) 1,371,021 (April) +34,416 +190,637
84,603 1,264,987 92,348 1,463,369 +7,745 +198,382
86,692 1,351,679 92,451 1,555,820 +5,759 +204,141
82,518 1,434,197 90,450 1,646,270 +7,932 +212,073
80,133 1,514,330 95,422 1,741,692 +15,289 +227,362
66,342 (May) 1,580,672 (May) 92,840 (May) 1,834,532 (May) +26,498 +253,860
63,083 1,643,755 94,940 1,929,472 +31,857 +285,717
72,117 1,715,872 100,342 2,029,814 +28,225 +313,942
67,277 1,783,149 105,018 2,134,832 +37,741 +351,683
71,296 (June) 1,854,445 (June) 117,664 (June) 2,252,496 (June) +46,368 +398,051
82,074 1,936,519 153,145 2,405,641 +71,071 +469,122
84,844 2,021,363 177,546 2,583,187 +92,702 +561,824
142,675 2,164,038 164,655 2,747,842 +21,980 +583,804
121,020 (July) 2,285,058 (July) 147,022 2,894,864 +26,002 +609,806
97,433 2,382,491 122,312 (July) 3,017,176 (July) +24,879 +634,685
85,604 2,468,095 123,720 3,140,896 +38,116 +672,801
78,780 2,546,875 126,350 3,267,246 +47,570 +720,371
76,205 2,623,080 125,118 3,392,364 +48,913 +769,284
80,613 (August) 2,703,693 (August) 127,673 (August) 3,520,037 (August) +47,060 +816,344
79,995 2,783,688 123,649 3,643,686 +43,654 +859,998
77,283 2,860,971 131,511 3,775,197 +54,228 +914,226
117,484 2,978,455 133,666 3,908,863 +16,182 +930,408
109,179 (September) 3,087,634 (September) 131,565 (September) 4,040,428 (September) +22,386 +952,794
87,833 3,175,467 144,669 4,185,097 +56,836 +1,009,630
124,875 3,300,342 148,176 4,333,273 +23,301 +1,032,931
128,439 3,428,781 148,123 4,481,396 +19,684 +1,052,615
113,338 3,542,119 154,472 4,635,868 +41,134 +1,093,749
106,936 (October) 3,649,055 (October) 148,965 (October) 4,784,833 (October) +42,029 +1,135,778
110,144 3,759,199 153,543 4,938,376 +43,399 +1,179,177
113,137 3,872,336 156,001 5,094,377 +42,864 +1,222,041
223,339 4,095,675 166,041 5,260,418 -57,298 +1,164,743
247,654 (November) 4,343,329 (November) 205,496 (November) 5,465,914 (November) -42,158 +1,122,585
307,007 4,650,336 223,458 5,689,372 -83,549 +1,039,036
283,698 4,934,034 262,063 5,951,435 -21,635 +1,017,401
1,084,254 6,018,288 655,051 6,606,486 -429,203 +588,198
475,574 (December) 6,493,862 (December) 373,761 (December) 6,980,247 (December) -101,813 +486,385
484,206 6,978,068 379,664 7,359,911 -104,542 +381,843
570,865 7,548,933 450,116 7,810,027 -120,749 +261,094
611,876 8,160,809 463,733 8,273,760 -148,143 +112,951
221,148 8,381,957 278,586 8,552,346 +57,438 +170,389

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2014 XBOX 360 vs. 2021 PlayStation 4 Comparison

'14 X360 - Weekly '14 X360 - Yearly '21 PS4 - Weekly '21 PS4 - Yearly (+/-) Weekly (+/-) Yearly
87,100 (January) 87,100 (January) 92,920 (January) 92,920 (January) +5,820 +5,820
45,172 132,272 83,933 176,853 +38,761 +44,581
38,115 170,387 81,742 258,595 +43,627 +88,208
37,522 207,909 78,605 337,200 +41,083 +129,291
39,450 247,359 77,603 (February) 414,803 (February) +38,153 +167,444
39,343 (February) 286,702 (February) 77,275 492,078 +37,932 +205,376
42,831 329,533 73,513 565,591 +30,682 +236,058
43,050 372,583 72,768 638,359 +29,718 +265,776
37,825 410,408 72,420 (March) 710,779 (March) +34,595 +300,371
37,901 (March) 448,309 (March) 70,086 780,865 +32,185 +332,556
36,037 484,346 67,440 848,305 +31,403 +363,959
33,455 517,801 63,075 911,380 +29,620 +393,579
34,996 552,797 60,079 (April) 971,459 (April) +25,083 +418,662
35,445 (April) 588,242 (April) 56,796 1,028,255 +21,351 +440,013
32,844 621,086 54,256 1,082,511 +21,412 +461,425
34,000 655,086 47,242 1,129,753 +13,242 +474,667
32,498 687,584 45,684 1,175,437 +13,186 +487,853
25,733 713,317 46,020 (May) 1,221,457 (May) +20,287 +508,140
24,450 (May) 737,767 (May) 44,534 1,265,991 +20,084 +528,224
25,234 763,001 42,410 1,308,401 +17,176 +545,400
24,326 787,327 41,713 1,350,114 +17,387 +562,787
25,311 812,638 38,507 (June) 1,388,621 (June) +13,196 +575,983
22,497 (June) 835,135 (June) 38,430 1,427,051 +15,933 +591,916
20,352 855,487 34,797 1,461,848 +14,445 +606,361
20,984 876,471 34,818 1,496,666 +13,834 +620,195
22,056 898,527 33,122 1,529,788 +11,066 +631,261
21,855 (July) 920,382 (July) 28,962 (July) 1,558,750 (July) +7,107 +638,368
20,401 940,783 26,040 1,584,790 +5,639 +644,007
19,524 960,307 27,786 1,612,576 +8,262 +652,269
19,303 979,610 35,653 1,648,229 +16,350 +668,619
20,312 999,922 26,922 (August) 1,675,151 (August) +6,610 +675,229
19,122 (August) 1,019,044 (August) 25,594 1,700,745 +6,472 +681,701
19,195 1,038,239 25,073 1,725,818 +5,878 +687,579
19,863 1,058,102 26,025 1,751,843 +6,162 +693,741
19,771 1,077,873 26,769 (September) 1,778,612 (September) +6,998 +700,739
19,066 (September) 1,096,939 (September) 27,882 1,806,494 +8,816 +709,555
26,295 1,123,234 24,954 1,831,448 -1,341 +708,214
24,917 1,148,151 24,824 1,856,272 -93 +708,121
28,948 1,177,099 23,613 1,879,885 -5,335 +702,786
36,073 (October) 1,213,172 (October) 25,359 (October) 1,905,244 (October) -10,714 +692,072
110,818 1,323,990 26,106 1,931,350 -84,712 +607,360
32,056 1,356,046 24,751 1,956,101 -7,305 +600,055
34,959 1,391,005 23,827 1,979,928 -11,132 +588,923
36,734 1,427,739 23,889 (November) 2,003,817 (November) -12,845 +576,078
46,297 (November) 1,474,036 (November) 25,912 2,029,729 -20,385 +555,693
51,013 1,525,049 22,583 2,052,312 -28,430 +527,263
72,856 1,597,905 29,559 2,081,871 -43,297 +483,966
125,749 1,723,654 26,317 (December) 2,108,188 (December) -99,432 +384,534
119,959 (December) 1,843,613 (December) 25,745 2,133,933 -94,214 +290,320
119,940 1,963,553 27,029 2,160,962 -92,911 +197,409
127,679 2,091,232 22,151 2,183,113 -105,528 +91,881
61,013 2,152,245 17,904 2,201,017 -43,109 +48,772
21,347 2,173,592 - 2,201,017 -21,347 +27,425

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2020 3DS vs. 2021 Xbox One Comparison

'20 3DS - Weekly '20 3DS - Yearly '21 XOne - Weekly '21 XOne - Yearly (+/-) Weekly (+/-) Yearly
21,498 (January) 21,498 (January) 21,156 (January) 21,156 (January) -342 -342
17,385 38,883 18,712 39,868 +1,327 +985
13,348 52,231 18,326 58,194 +4,978 +5,963
11,750 63,981 18,221 76,415 +6,471 +12,434
11,365 75,346 18,546 (February) 94,961 (February) +7,181 +19,615
12,435 (February) 87,781 (February) 18,961 113,922 +6,526 +26,141
12,417 100,198 17,588 131,510 +5,171 +31,312
13,047 113,245 15,851 147,361 +2,804 +34,116
13,139 126,384 16,052 (March) 163,413 (March) +2,913 +37,029
13,426 (March) 139,810 (March) 15,614 179,027 +2,188 +39,217
14,127 153,937 14,881 193,908 +754 +39,971
12,377 166,314 13,797 207,705 +1,420 +41,391
12,175 178,489 13,062 220,767 +887 +42,278
12,561 (April) 191,050 (April) 12,744 (April) 233,511 (April) +183 +42,461
12,742 203,792 12,574 246,085 -168 +42,293
12,920 216,712 11,791 257,876 -1,129 +41,164
13,111 229,823 10,829 268,705 -2,282 +38,882
13,121 242,944 11,662 (May) 280,367 (May) -1,459 +37,423
11,373 (May) 254,317 (May) 11,479 291,846 +106 +37,529
9,601 263,918 11,199 303,045 +1,598 +39,127
10,245 274,163 11,354 314,399 +1,109 +40,236
9,114 283,277 10,827 (June) 325,226 (June) +1,713 +41,949
9,079 (June) 292,356 (June) 9,437 334,663 +358 +42,307
9,256 301,612 9,930 344,593 +674 +42,981
8,999 310,611 8,485 353,078 -514 +42,467
8,474 319,085 7,833 360,911 -641 +41,826
8,216 (July) 327,301 (July) 7,328 (July) 368,239 (July) -888 +40,938
8,151 335,452 6,112 374,351 -2,039 +38,899
7,806 343,258 5,952 380,303 -1,854 +37,045
7,755 351,013 5,059 385,362 -2,696 +34,349
7,085 358,098 5,302 (August) 390,664 (August) -1,783 +32,566
5,747 (August) 363,845 (August) 4,594 395,258 -1,153 +31,413
6,148 369,993 4,523 399,781 -1,625 +29,788
6,066 376,059 4,082 403,863 -1,984 +27,804
5,812 381,871 4,567 (September) 408,430 (September) -1,245 +26,559
5,403 (September) 387,274 (September) 4,849 413,279 -554 +26,005
4,989 392,263 4,627 417,906 -362 +25,643
15,416 407,679 4,635 422,541 -10,781 +14,862
10,459 418,138 4,174 426,715 -6,285 +8,577
5,906 424,044 4,410 (October) 431,125 (October) -1,496 +7,081
4,720 (October) 428,764 (October) 4,666 435,791 -54 +7,027
4,408 433,172 4,060 439,851 -348 +6,679
4,386 437,558 3,657 443,508 -729 +5,950
5,070 442,628 3,940 (November) 447,448 (November) -1,130 +4,820
3,944 (November) 446,572 (November) 4,182 451,630 +238 +5,058
3,798 450,370 4,134 455,764 +336 +5,394
5,811 456,181 5,960 461,724 +149 +5,543
6,582 462,763 6,286 (December) 468,010 (December) -296 +5,247
6,259 (December) 469,022 (December) 6,074 474,084 -185 +5,062
6,545 475,567 6,364 480,448 -181 +4,881
6,841 482,408 4,548 484,996 -2,293 +2,588
4,961 487,369 2,783 487,779 -2,178 +410
3,221 490,590 - 487,779 -3,221 -2,811

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Last edited by yo33331 - on 09 September 2022

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Looks like some close races here. Switch vs DS is the most interesting here for sure



PS4 could reach 2mil this year at most imo.
Switch is insanely close to the DS, it definitely has a chance to beat DS 2007. MHR week should help the Switch regain it's lead.



Updated numbers with week 11!

All three consoles are UP overall this week.

Last edited by yo33331 - on 01 April 2021

The Switch being able to follow the DS' numbers so closely reminds me of the days where we were discussing whether the NX was going to be a flop or not...



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Switch and NDS numbers seem so absurdly high. xD
Actually I dont think it will beat NDS this year, but I guess it is not impossible. Quite amazing. Probably it will be a pretty close race of both within +-10% of each other.
btw. VGC yearly sales charts legacy "archive" has NDS 2007 at 29,508,695 units, but actually thats kind of the same^^



I am a little confused why you are choosing 2015 instead of 2014. My reasoning is this:

2014 - First full year for PS3/XB360 after their successor released.
2021 - First full year for PS4/XB1 after their successor released.

Am I missing something?



The_Liquid_Laser said:

I am a little confused why you are choosing 2015 instead of 2014. My reasoning is this:

2014 - First full year for PS3/XB360 after their successor released.
2021 - First full year for PS4/XB1 after their successor released.

Am I missing something?

Yes, you are missing my explanation in the original post.

@PAOerfulone is doing the comparison vs the 2014 year.

So this that you are talking about is already there, but both of the consoles are lagging too much behind, and the battle is not interesting because PS4 will not make 3.7M this year and XB1 is not reaching 2.7M either. So there is no point in this.

I did 2015 because it's much more interesting, competitive and close battle, and also we can get much better perspective how far or close are PS4 and XB1 to 1.6M and 1M numbers respectively this year. Because those numbers are much more reachable for their performance till now.

I am not looking for logic or reason, I am looking for competition and close battles.

Last edited by yo33331 - on 08 April 2021

Updated numbers with WEEK 12!

All three consoles are UP overall this week.



I think Switch can beat DS this year, if it keeps the good pace