The Switch has proven to be a very popular console since it launched a little over a year ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only system in the lives of its owners. At least, that’s the case for Switch owners in the United States.
Mat Piscatella, an analyst for the NPD (the organization which keeps track of sales data for gaming in the U.S. market), recently revealed via a post on ResetEra that the vast majority of U.S. Switch owners also have either a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One in their possession. The exact number is actually about 70%. Even more so, Piscatella also stated that the number of people that own all of the systems from the big three is “pretty high” in comparison to prior console generations.
Honestly, this shouldn’t be too big of a surprise. Considering the fact that the Switch launched almost four years after the PS4 and Xbox One, it is to be expected that the majority of console gamers on a global scale would already have one of those systems in their possession prior to owning a Switch. To put it into perspective, the PS4 has shipped over 82 million units worldwide so far, whereas the Xbox One is expected to be somewhere in the realm of 30-40 million units. That’s, at most, approximately 122 million non-Switch systems out in the wild.
Personally, I don’t resonate with this statistic since I own neither an Xbox One or PS4, but rather a gaming laptop. Still, I realize that I’m definitely in the minority in this situation.
Which category do you fall in? Are you a multi-console owner, or do you have just one of the three current platforms? Sound off below.
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.