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Forums - Sales Discussion - Switch Sales Top 104M - Global Hardware Feb 6-12

Kakadu18 said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

Switch did nearly 400k on a week where nothing special happened, and it also passed 104M.  Folks, the Switch cliff is never going to come.  I hope most people realize this now.  If you are hoping for a Switch cliff, then abandon all hope now.

People are thinking Switch will plummet quickly like certain past systems, i.e. the Wii or DS (eventually).  The Switch is actually performing like a past system, but that system is the NES/Famicom.  That is the last time that Nintendo could focus all of its resources on supporting one system.  It was also the most dominant system in history, at least in Japan and US.  The Switch is a return to form.  It's just as dominant in Japan as the Famicom, and it's doing extremely well in the other parts of the world.  The NES sold for several years after the SNES launched.  Expect the Switch to keep selling too.

Most people realized this years ago, it's mainly just brought up as a joke.

I recall as recently as 2019 that 2/3 of people voted the Switch would never outsell the PS4.

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The_Liquid_Laser said:
Kakadu18 said:

Most people realized this years ago, it's mainly just brought up as a joke.

I recall as recently as 2019 that 2/3 of people voted the Switch would never outsell the PS4.

Heck, I remember someone posting quite seriously in late 2020 that Switch sales would nosedive in 2021.



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

Nintendo’s dominance with the Switch remains as constant as the Northern Star, of whose true fixed and resting quality there is no equal in the firmament.



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All Time Video Game Hardware Sales List:

1) PlayStation 2 (PS2) - 157,680,000 (155,000,000+ according to Sony) Mar. 31st, 2012

2) Nintendo DS (DS) - 154,900,000 (154,020,000 according to Nintendo) - Mar. 31st, 2021

3) Game Boy (GB/GBC) - 118,690,000

4) PlayStation 4 (PS4) - 116,641,876 (116,900,000+ according to Sony) - Sept. 30st, 2021

5) Nintendo Switch (NS) - 104,193,245 (103,540,000 according to Nintendo) - Sept. 30th, 2021



PAOerfulone said:

All Time Video Game Hardware Sales List:

1) PlayStation 2 (PS2) - 157,680,000 (155,000,000+ according to Sony) Mar. 31st, 2012

2) Nintendo DS (DS) - 154,900,000 (154,020,000 according to Nintendo) - Mar. 31st, 2021

3) Game Boy (GB/GBC) - 118,690,000

4) PlayStation 4 (PS4) - 116,641,876 (116,900,000+ according to Sony) - Sept. 30st, 2021

5) Nintendo Switch (NS) - 104,193,245 (103,540,000 according to Nintendo) - Sept. 30th, 2021

Will be fun to watch Switch move through that top 5 over the next 3 years. Possibly pass PS4 black friday week and GB first week of December.

After all the predictions of cliffs and saturation and early replacement, Switch is still going very strong in 2022. Even just a few weeks ago someone on here said Switch is dropping to 250k/week and instead it climbed back to around 400k. Gonna be another solid 20m+ year for Switch.



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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 66

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: 17,944,029
  2. Switch: 17,273,911
  3. XSX|S: 12,668,999

Through the first 66 weeks available worldwide the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 0.67 million units units and is 5.28 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 4.60 million units.

The PS5 has sold 17.94 million in 66 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 17.27 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 12.67 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 66 weeks, the PS5 is in the lead. The PS5 has a 37.5 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 36.1 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 26.4 percent.

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

  1. PS5: 6,729,097
  2. Switch: 6,086,651
  3. XSX|S: 6,067,613

Through the first 66 weeks available in the US the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 0.64 million units and is 0.66 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.02 million units.

The PS5 has sold 6.73 million in 66 weeks in the US, while the Switch sold 6.09 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 6.07 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 66 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The PS5 has a 35.7 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 32.2 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 32.1 percent.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (65 weeks):

  1. PS5: 6,764,939
  2. Switch: 4,448,757
  3. XSX|S: 3,832,328

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 65 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 2.32 million units and is 2.93 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.62 million units.

The PS5 has sold 6.76 million in 65 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 4.45 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 3.83 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 65 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 44.9 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 29.6 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 25.5 percent.

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

  1. Switch: 4,372,235
  2. PS5: 1,365,430
  3. XSX|S: 150,142

Through the first 66 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 3.01 million units and is 4.22 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 1.22 million units.

The Switch has sold 4.37 million units in 66 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 1.37 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.15 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 66 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 74.3 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 23.2 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.5 percent.



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curl-6 said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

I recall as recently as 2019 that 2/3 of people voted the Switch would never outsell the PS4.

Heck, I remember someone posting quite seriously in late 2020 that Switch sales would nosedive in 2021.

I'll do one better.  I remember someone posting late 2021 that Switch sales will take a nosedive this year.  Not dip, but drop by 10 million units in one year.   Still waiting for that 150,000 baseline weekly average to appear.



Mandalore76 said:
curl-6 said:

Heck, I remember someone posting quite seriously in late 2020 that Switch sales would nosedive in 2021.

I'll do one better.  I remember someone posting late 2021 that Switch sales will take a nosedive this year.  Not dip, but drop by 10 million units in one year.   Still waiting for that 150,000 baseline weekly average to appear.

Oh, I remember that. Such predictions are rarely really thought through.



Mandalore76 said:
curl-6 said:

Heck, I remember someone posting quite seriously in late 2020 that Switch sales would nosedive in 2021.

I'll do one better.  I remember someone posting late 2021 that Switch sales will take a nosedive this year.  Not dip, but drop by 10 million units in one year.   Still waiting for that 150,000 baseline weekly average to appear.

My impression was that being a big over correction after heavily overestimating the PS4. I wonder how long till someone predicts a massive drop for 2023.



At least 80% of the posts about the cliff, over the past year, are ironic.



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