Nintendo Switch vs Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro

There’s been article after article from us and various other news sites about how well the Switch has been doing. It pretty much feels like another mini milestone is hit just about every week. This article is no different as the results from the annual GDC (Game Developers Conference) survey have just come in, (though the actual event doesn’t take place until March). Rather unsurprisingly, a lot of game developers have taken more interest in the Switch this year compared to 2018’s report.

As before, nearly 4000 game developers were surveyed. The results are rather interesting, in terms of how the Switch compared to its main competitors.

Here’s a quick rundown of the different categories and how the Switch fared (including some previous results):

1.) 9% of developers had their last game release on the Switch

Other consoles:

  • Xbox 360 – 3%
  • Xbox One X – 20%
  • PlayStation 3 – 2%
  • PlayStation 4 / Pro – 24%
  • Smartphones / Tablets – 33%
  • Internet browser – 9%
  • PC – 56%
  • Mac – 15%
  • Linux – 8%
  • RV Helmets – 12%
  • Helmets of RA – 3%
  • Desktop games – 2%
  • Others – 8%

2.) 18% of developers are currently making a project on Switch (2018 had 12%)

Other consoles:

  • Xbox 360 – 2%
  • Xbox One X – 28%
  • PlayStation 4 / Pro – 31%
  • Smartphones / Tablets – 38%
  • Internet browser – 10%
  • PC – 66%
  • Mac – 20%
  • Linux – 10%
  • RV Helmets – 17%
  • Helmets RA – 7%
  • Voice games (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc.) – 2%
  • Desktop games – 4%
  • Others – 7%

3.) 22% of developers will be releasing their next title on Switch (2018 had 15%)

Other consoles:

  • Xbox 360 – 2%
  • Xbox One / X – 29%
  • PlayStation 4 / Pro – 32%
  • Smartphones / Tablets – 35%
  • Internet browser – 8%
  • PC – 62%
  • Mac – 20%
  • Linux – 10%
  • RV Helmets – 14%
  • Helmets RA – 6%
  • Voice games (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc.) – 2%
  • Desktop games – 3%
  • Others – 5%

4.) 45% of developers are most interested in the Switch out of all other platforms (2017 had 36%)

Other consoles:

  • Xbox 360 – 2%
  • Xbox One X – 28%
  • PlayStation 4 / Pro – 38%
  • Nintendo 3DS – 2%
  • Smartphones / Tablets – 33%
  • Apple TV – 2%
  • Internet browser – 10%
  • PC – 60%
  • Mac – 14%
  • Linux – 8%
  • RV Helmets – 27%
  • Helmets RA – 20%
  • Voice games (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc.) – 5%
  • Table games – 10%
  • Others – 5%

5.) 24% of developers said that their last game sold better on Switch than other platforms (2018 had 36%). This section doesn’t have numbers for other individual platforms, but does have other Switch-related stats:

  • Switch sales have been better than in the rest of platforms – 24%
  • Sales in Switch have been the same as in the other platforms – 20%
  • Sales at Switch have been lower than on the rest of the platforms- 12%
  • It does not answer because the game has been released only on Switch or other reasons – 43%

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As you can see, numbers are almost entirely in favor of the Switch (though the PS4 and Xbox One are still leading in most areas). Considering that the Switch’s user-base has been steadily growing since launch, this really shouldn’t be much of a surprise.  But, one standout note about this survey is that 18% of developers indicated that they’ve already started working on projects for the next-gen. So, will the attitude towards Switch began to change as newer, more powerful systems are introduced? Only time will tell. But, keep that thought in mind as 2019 progresses onward.

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A.K Rahming
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.

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