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Nintendo Switch will outsell PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, analyst says

Published: 07:43, 14 October 2020
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Nintendo's sales of Switch have been pretty great and if NPD are to be believed, that trend will not be stopping with the launch of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Mind you, it's not like PS5 and XSX sales will start off sluggishly - Sony and Microsoft are likely to start as strong as you could imagine. According to NPD's analyst Mat Piscatella, the consoles will be one of the best selling holiday gift items of 2020. 

While the demand for next gen consoles is expected to stay strong throughout 2020, it is the supply part that favours Nintendo's little guy. 

"Switch will also be a hot holiday gifting item with more households picking up multiple Switch consoles in the fourth quarter. The lack of available inventory of new PlayStations and Xbox systems will leave Switch as an appealing available option", Piscatella wrote. 

That said, Nintendo Switch will have supply issues of its own due to traditionally insane holiday demand, but they'll still be better stocked up than Microsoft or Sony. 

Piscatella expects that next-gen SSDs will soon be flying off the shelves too, as the limited storage on PS5 and XSX will quickly fill up. Games are increasingly heavy on storage, next-gen games probably even more so, and digital distribution has made it much easier to cram all the new stuff onto your console. 

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, NPD forecasts a surge in subscription spending, with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate being the primary driver. When it comes to subscription services, Microsoft is well ahead of Sony so much that there's a case to be made that their next-gen platform is actually the Game Pass - the console is merely a hardware access point. 

You can find the full report over at NPD .

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