The Switch has sold 34.74 million units worldwide, as of March 31, 2019. That’s a pretty high number considering that it just released only two years ago. But, what might be considered an even more interesting statistic is how much the Switch user base overlaps with that of the other systems.
According to Mat Piscatella, a game industry analyst from the NPD, over 60% of US Switch owners are also owners of either a PS4 or Xbox One. This data was gathered from the NPD Group’s PlayerPulse.
Going by this statistic, it would seem that the ‘fanboyism’ that’s so rampant on the Internet may very well be the vocal minority. Again, this report is only applicable to the US market, but it does shed a little insight as to what the situation could be on a global scale.
Considering the Switch launched four years after the PS4 and Xbox One, this shouldn’t really be all that surprising. Though, the Switch will soon have even more competition than this. The next-generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles are on the horizon. The PS5 has already gotten a soft reveal of its specs, and the next Xbox likely isn’t far behind with a possible unveiling at E3 next month. The arrival of new hardware could slow the Switch’s growth, but we will simply have to wait and see just by how much.
With The NPD Group's PlayerPulse reporting more than 60% of US Switch owners also owning a PS4 or Xbox One or both I hereby move to call it console co-opetition rather than competition.
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) May 5, 2019