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Switch Sold as Much as PS5, XS, PS4, and Xbox One Combined in the UK in 2020

Switch Sold as Much as PS5, XS, PS4, and Xbox One Combined in the UK in 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 June 2021 / 2,853 Views

The Nintendo Switch had around a 50 percent marketshare in the UK in 2020, according to the head of GamesIndustry Christopher Dring. 

Dring says the Nintendo Switch sold as well as the combined sales of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in the UK last year.

In a response to another tweet, Dring said the stock of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S was higher than their predecessors and that PS4 and Xbox One sales sold "very well last year," which was driven by the pandemic, price cuts, and launches like The Last of Us Part II.


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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12 Comments
Medisti (on 08 January 2021)

Sales of the old systems were certainly down, but when you factor in how good the launches of the new ones were with that, this is actually very impressive for Nintendo. It's possible it'll happen again next year, if supply constraints continue for the first half of the year for the new consoles.

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APYTGaming (on 08 January 2021)

The dude was just sad that Nintendo are masterminds and can make stuff sell

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Jranation (on 08 January 2021)

Lol at that guy trying to spin this. Switch is at the top right now!

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Amnesia (on 08 January 2021)

It is 180 millions my new prediction. It can only happen that it beats the PS2

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Matsku Amnesia (on 08 January 2021)

If the Switch outsells the ps2 it'll be just by a couple million and for it to happen next year would need to be better for Nintendo than this one and I'm pretty sure that won't happen though it is pretty probable the Switch will become the 3rd best selling console of all time when it's all said and done.

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APYTGaming Matsku (on 12 January 2021)

I have made many accurate console predictions in the past (Not on this website) and if you want a switch estimate, Ima say 125 - 135 Million, if it sells more (which it can) it would only happen if we have a great software line up to drive the hardware sales through the roof

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Random_Matt (on 08 January 2021)

Still zero PS5 for sale, pathetic really. Next gen should of been delayed.

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Mr Puggsly (on 10 January 2021)

Great for Switch, its a great platform. However, there was very limited supply of Playstation and Xbox consoles. For whatever reasons, Nintendo was able to get more units on the market.

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Stellar_Fungk Mr Puggsly (on 11 January 2021)

Nintendo is smart and chosen by God to lead gaming to a brighter future.

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V-r0cK (on 08 January 2021)

It's great for Nintendo but I agree with TeeJee.

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Jranation V-r0cK (on 09 January 2021)

How is it a stupid comparison? An Underpowered Hybrid + Handheld gaming device outsold 4 Home consoles. If someone predicted that would happen in UK out of all places..... Many people would disagree with that person.

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V-r0cK Jranation (on 09 January 2021)

Many people on this site would disagree I'm sure and thats fine, we're all entitled to our own opinion. I dont agree with TeeJee that the comparison is 'stupid', but I agree to the point where to compare a console that is peaking against 4 home consoles nearing its end and new consoles that are having trouble mass producing wouldn't be the best comparison. Covid helped all consoles, sure, but nothing was more sought after from parents than portable devices for their kids which was key during the pandemic. Almost every adult and friends I knew with kids were looking for Switch and tablets just to keep their kids occupied because parents working at home with kids at home can be a real distraction. And parents don't want their kids to stay put on a TV when a portable device will give parents the flexibility to tell their kids to take their device and play elsewhere. My close friend was planning on buying 2 Switch for his kids for this reason but luckily I offered to lend my OG Switch and my Switch Lite so that he can save money. Also if there were sale charts for tablets/ipads for this year I can only imagine that sales went through the roof far surpassing any other electronic device this year. Also new AAA games (like TLOU2) doesn't really sell lots of consoles at the end of the gen because anybody that would've wanted that AAA game or the console would have already bought that console already. And I can hardly see anybody that would buy a console at the end of its run when they know a new one is coming out. Also keep in mind that the number of Switch sales doesn't say how many were the OG and the Lite. Didn't the OG Switch almost sold out instantly and had trouble restocking while the Lite was more obtainable, thus could the Switch Lite be the model that sold the most this year? Would be nice for a break down between both models. If the Switch Lite was the most sold console this year then it can be a bit more proof that buyers were looking for something more portable during the pandemic. Regardless this is why in my opinion Nintendo sales did much better than the 4 home consoles combined and why I agreed with TeeJee. It's not a stupid comparison, but I dont exactly think it's the best comparison either.

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