Just recently, publication PCMag conducted a survey in the United States in an effort to collect data to find out which platform is the most popular in the United States between console and PC. According to their findings, it appears that the Xbox One is by far the most popular in the USA, followed by the PS4 and then the Switch and PC sharing almost the same amount at the back of the pack.
The breakdown is as follows:
- Xbox —31%
- PS4 — 28%
- Switch — 21%
- PC — 20%
Going by these results, the Switch is the most popular in only 10 states. Considering how popular the Switch has become over its last two years and the fact that the PS4 is the best-selling console of the generation by a massive margin, some have concluded that something seems off about the results of PCMag’s survey.
Hold your horses
PCMag did provide some context to their results. This survey was only taken by 2,033 consumers, which is an incredibly small percentage of the country’s user base. For context, the Switch had hit 8.2 million units sold in the US alone back in November 2018. Microsoft stopped releasing official sales data on the Xbox One since 2014, so the vast majority of its current sales data has been based on educated guesses. Though it is known for a fact that the USA has always been the Xbox platform’s largest market ever since the original system, it is likely that the PS4 is actually the most popular console in the US considering it has shipped over 90 million units worldwide. For the last few months, the Switch has been the best-selling console in the US, so its market share in the country is growing quite rapidly.
Taking all those points into consideration, PCMag’s survey shouldn’t really be seen as the be-all end-all answer. Data from a far larger group of gamers (perhaps in the hundreds-of-thousands) would give a much more accurate representation of how platform interest is currently distributed.