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MS are going to have to get aggressive if they XS to sell more than half of what PS5 does lifetime.



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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - May 2021

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 188,334 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,989,929 - Switch

Total Lead: 11,395,884 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 86,323,860

PS4 Total Sales: 74,927,976

May 2021 is the 51st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 188,334 units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 7.99 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 11.40 million units.

The 51st month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is May  2021, while for the PlayStation 4 it is January 2018. The Switch has sold 86.32 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 74.93 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 61.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 115.65 million units through May 2021. The Nintendo Switch is currently 29.33 million units behind the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 4.



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So Switch is 10 months ahead of PS4 in aligned sales, with plenty of room for price cuts and revisions and big games like BOTW2, Pokemon Legends, and Splatoon 3 still upcoming. Now that PS4's holiday season is gone the lead will start to widen again too.

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

curl-6 said:

So Switch is 10 months ahead of PS4 in aligned sales, with plenty of room for price cuts and revisions and big games like BOTW2, Pokemon Legends, and Splatoon 3 still upcoming. Now that PS4's holiday season is gone the lead will start to widen again too.

When do you think the Switch will outsell the PS4? I'm thinking holiday 2022.



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trunkswd said:
curl-6 said:

So Switch is 10 months ahead of PS4 in aligned sales, with plenty of room for price cuts and revisions and big games like BOTW2, Pokemon Legends, and Splatoon 3 still upcoming. Now that PS4's holiday season is gone the lead will start to widen again too.

When do you think the Switch will outsell the PS4? I'm thinking holiday 2022.

I'm leaning that way as well, yeah. Unless some monumental unforeseen events occurs to either boost or cripple it.



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curl-6 said:
trunkswd said:

When do you think the Switch will outsell the PS4? I'm thinking holiday 2022.

I'm leaning that way as well, yeah. Unless some monumental unforeseen events occurs to either boost or cripple it.

I'm expecting sales for the rest of this year to be similar or down slightly compared to last year, then sales to go down a bit more in 2022. Though, it depends on the lineup of games, promotions, and if we will finally see a price cut or not. 



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trunkswd said:
curl-6 said:

I'm leaning that way as well, yeah. Unless some monumental unforeseen events occurs to either boost or cripple it.

I'm expecting sales for the rest of this year to be similar or down slightly compared to last year, then sales to go down a bit more in 2022. Though, it depends on the lineup of games, promotions, and if we will finally see a price cut or not. 

Yeah they don't seem to have any real system sellers for the rest of this year unfortunately, but there's always the rumored Pro revision to stir things up, and games like Pokemon Legends, Splatoon 3, and possibly BOTW2 to keep sales high in 2022.



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

curl-6 said:
trunkswd said:

I'm expecting sales for the rest of this year to be similar or down slightly compared to last year, then sales to go down a bit more in 2022. Though, it depends on the lineup of games, promotions, and if we will finally see a price cut or not. 

Yeah they don't seem to have any real system sellers for the rest of this year unfortunately, but there's always the rumored Pro revision to stir things up, and games like Pokemon Legends, Splatoon 3, and possibly BOTW2 to keep sales high in 2022.

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes are the biggest confirmed games for this holiday. While Metroid fans are excited for Dread, the series has never been that popular compared to other Nintendo franchises. 

I'm still holding out for Mario Odyssey 2 (or possibly a Galaxy 3 or 64 2.)



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Well, looking at those charts, it's pretty clear that Switch will outsell the PS4. Maybe even by a respectable lead.

The only thing that could stop it would be a new console from Nintendo next year. And I don't think that's going to happen, since we have some big titles coming in 2022, like Splatoon 3 and the BotW sequel.



trunkswd said:
curl-6 said:

Yeah they don't seem to have any real system sellers for the rest of this year unfortunately, but there's always the rumored Pro revision to stir things up, and games like Pokemon Legends, Splatoon 3, and possibly BOTW2 to keep sales high in 2022.

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes are the biggest confirmed games for this holiday. While Metroid fans are excited for Dread, the series has never been that popular compared to other Nintendo franchises. 

I'm still holding out for Mario Odyssey 2 (or possibly a Galaxy 3 or 64 2.)

Yeah I don't think the Diamond/Pearl remakes will be system sellers as they're remakes of old games, low effort ones at that, and the Pokémon fanbase seems to already be on board by now. Switch will cruise out the rest of the year on its evergreen catalogue, which is enough for it to sell well, but I think hopes of a 30 million year are over.



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