Nintendo Switch is enjoying a very good health 4 years after its launch in the Spanish and global market. Platform sales continue to boom, already touching 80 million units sold; while the community awaits the moment when Nintendo presents the details of the rumored Pro model, which aims to unveil this year according to rumors. This time, it’s time to put the magnifying glass on hybrid platform performance in the UK: it has been discovered that its 2020 sales nearly doubled the combined sales of the PS5 and Xbox Series, the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft.
Nintendo Switch: 1.5 million units sold in the UK during 2020
According to recent reports, Nintendo sold 1.5 million Switch consoles in the UK in 2020, a figure that nearly doubles the total number of combined PS5 and Xbox Series X / S units sold in the country last year: 800,000 units between both platforms. Those are the sales data released by the GfK firm, published by The Entertainment Retailers Association and which have been echoed GamesIndustry.biz.
All three console makers enjoyed a stronger year in 2020 than in 2019 in the UK, but Nintendo Switch has been the clear winner in the hardware market. During the past year 3 million consoles were sold in the country: more than 450,000 PlayStation 5 units, 310,000 Xbox Series consoles and 1.5 million Nintendo Switch devices. Of course, the next-gen consoles would have posted better sales figures if they hadn’t had to face stock problemsAlthough Switch herself suffered from these problems at different times last year.
Nintendo Switch to rule UK hardware sales in 2020
The analysts were not very wrong: the lack of stock of the platforms PS5 and XSX / S have played in favor of the sales of Switch. The new consoles hit the market in November, with industry experts anticipating that their problems responding to user demand would allow the hybrid console to be the most popular at Christmas. As the medium echoes, PS5 and Xbox offered solid stock in November, but their sales indices were more relaxed in December compared to the PS4 and Xbox One releases in 2013.
Switch sales increased more than 50% compared to the previous year: from registering less than a million units sold to managing to sell 1.5 million in 2020. Sony, meanwhile, sold 450,000 PS5 consoles and 450,000 PS4 units last year, for a total of around 900,000 sales; a figure higher than 700,000 PS4 sales in 2019. In the case of Microsoft, the Redmond company sold about 310,000 Xbox Series X / S consoles and 290,000 Xbox One consoles in 2020; the total comes to 600,000 sales, a number that was also higher than the 500,000 units sold by Xbox One in 2019.
And video games?
We have recently learned that 85% of video game spending in the UK During 2020 it was focused on digital sales. Among the best-selling games are at the top FIFA 21 (2,182,694), Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (1,420,353) and Grand Theft Auto V (1,127,222). “The entertainment market was growing without the presence of the coronavirus but, with much of the entertainment sector with its blinds drawn due to confinement, music, video – movies and series – and video games were in the right place and at the right time“, he valued Kim Bayley de The Entertainment Retailers Association.