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NPD Analyst: PS5 and Xbox Series X Launch Won't Have Meaningful Impact on Switch Sales

NPD Analyst: PS5 and Xbox Series X Launch Won't Have Meaningful Impact on Switch Sales - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 July 2020 / 3,582 Views

Video game industry analyst at NPD Mat Piscatella via Twitter said that 40 percent of Nintendo Switch owners in the US also own a PlayStation 4 and/or an Xbox One. He says the launch of the next generation, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, won't have a huge impact on the sales of the Switch in 2020.  

"According to our PlayerPulse surveys, over 40% of Switch owners in the US also own a PS4 and/or an Xbox One," said Piscatella. "Switch isn't a substitute to PS or Xbox, it's supplemental. I don't see next gen HW launches having a meaningful direct cannibalistic impact on Switch sales in '20.

"For clarity, supplemental in this context means supplemental purchase (additive/incremental). This term does not refer to player preference."

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will launch in Holiday 2020.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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17 Comments
tripenfall (on 04 January 2020)

The Switch will be the best selling console in 2020 by a country mile....

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Nu-13 tripenfall (on 04 January 2020)
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padib (on 03 January 2020)

Perhaps the PS and XB are supplemental to the switch, it is after all extremely popular right now.

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Mr Puggsly padib (on 03 January 2020)

Agreed, I believe most Switch owners have Playstation or Xbox. Compared to all competitors Switch is unique. But it lacks many notable multiplat games found on other platforms.

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FentonCrackshell padib (on 04 January 2020)

C’mon man. You know that this isn’t true.

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SanAndreasX padib (on 04 January 2020)

Conversely, it also has many notable games not available on any other platform.

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Mr Puggsly padib (on 04 January 2020)

@SanX - You've missed the point. I'm talking about the countless big budget multiplat games that generally skip Nintendo consoles since Wii.

Therefore many buy Nintendo consoles for it exclusives, but may opt for for Playstation or Xbox for something like MGS, CoD, BF, AC, etc.

This is why Switch isnt expected to be impacted by new consoles. I thought this was self explanatory, but never make that assumption on the internet I guess.

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Zenos (on 06 January 2020)

That's probably correct. The Switch provides a different type of experience than the usual AAA stuff that'll be on the next gen platforms. Plus there's the handheld angle to it, which is not something the competition are likely to do.

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Mr Puggsly (on 03 January 2020)

I agree, especially if you want a Switch Lite. Its a unique market. They could also stimulate sales with actual price cuts.

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Cerebralbore101 Mr Puggsly (on 03 January 2020)

Yeah, Nintendo has yet to even do a price cut. Switch is on fire, and 2020 is already looking like another excellent year for it. Platinum heavily hinted towards Bayonetta 3 being out this year. New Horizons comes out in March. Odyssey 2, and BotW 2 both stand a very good chance of releasing this year as well.

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CaptainExplosion (on 03 January 2020)

Really it'll depend on what games all three systems have by this Holiday Season.

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FentonCrackshell (on 04 January 2020)
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