Trekking back to the “beginning” of this console generation, it was well-known of the head start that Microsoft easily gave Sony when both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 debuted in late 2013. I quoted in the sentence before due to Nintendo technically kicking off the hardware generation with the Wii U, but I digress. Regardless, Sony have held the most in sales per unit for the majority of this console lifespan and easily left the Xbox One in the dust as Microsoft announced to even halt disclosing sales figures just a few years back too.
However, with the release of the Nintendo Switch later on in 2017, the innovative handheld console have shown great potential to swiftly take the masses as Nintendo soon began picking up traction in sales leading towards the end of this generation. Even with the potential of overtaking the Xbox One’s position, it was a matter of time if Nintendo would be able to do that before the release of next year’s new consoles.
According to VGChartz, Nintendo’s console has finally done that even before arriving to 2020 in a recent report. Announcing that within a week at the start of December, Nintendo managed to sell roughly 1.1 million units which simultaneously overtook the lifetime sales of the Xbox One.
The Nintendo Switch sold 1,149,723 units for the week ending December 7, 2019 to bring its lifetime sales to 45.92 million units worldwide. This compares to the Xbox One with sales of 45.24 million units.
The gaming outlet goes on to share that the Nintendo Switch is not too far behind the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), approximately ranked at 49.10 million. Especially looking at the speed that Nintendo managed to achieve within its first two years compared to both Xbox One and even PlayStation 4, this could easily be reached for the Switch.
Just last month, it was reported that the Nintendo Switch just surpassed 17.5 million units sold in the United States alone, combined with global sales reveals that the North American country is one of the top selling markets for the console. Rectify Gaming predicted that the Switch would eventually pass the Xbox One in sales prior to new next generation hardware launching, but not soon before even 2020 would arrive.
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