The Nintendo Switch has had an amazing launch year so far, in Japan the console took 17 weeks to reach 1 million units sold and it seems that it shows no signs of slowing down.
Recently Michael Pachter on his show Pachter Factor was asked whether Nintendo Switch would be able to outsell Xbox One this year globally, to which he replied it would be close but yes Nintendo Switch would be able to do just that. Here is what he had to say:
“close .. I would say Switch could sell as many as 14 Million and if that happens then that’s more than Xbox One. Xbox One is probably going to sell about 10-11 Million, but again Microsoft doesn’t tell you and there is no way to measure anymore. But I think Xbox One is on track to sell 10-11 Million a year, Switch is gonna do that 10-11 could sell more but it really depends and I need to get through to a holiday season to see.”
He further continued to explain why he believes that Nintendo Switch would outsell the Xbox One
“My bias is that Switch is a handheld and its a really good handheld for $300, Xbox is a really good console for $300. So if you want a console you are buying a Xbox, and if you want a handheld you are buying a Switch. But I think the portability of the Switch probably slightly dictates in its favor , I think the Japanese market is gonna buy 3 or 4 million of them as opposed to Microsoft who have probably not sold a million there yet. So there is a lot of demand in Japan for Nintendo based products.”
Lastly he went on to say how much he expects the Switch to sell in its lifetime
“Overtime Switch will be fine it will do 50 million, if price comes down the curb . The question though is will it do a hundred ? I don’t think so that’s 20 million an year. 10 Million a year for 5 years for sure,20 Million a year ever-probably not”