Michael Pachter, one of the more controversial gaming analysts had a lot to say about the Nintendo Switch in the past few weeks, most notably his assertion that it will sell more than the Xbox One during the year, even with the Xbox One X on the horizon.
In his recent statement, Pachter said:
“Over time Switch will be fine it will do 50 million if the price comes down the curb. The question though is will it do a hundred? I don’t think so that’s 20 million a year. 10 Million a year for 5 years for sure, 20 Million a year ever probably not.”
When the Switch launched in March of this year, it was met with great enthusiasm from critics and gamers alike. The system has sold over 2.74 million units since then according to a recent press statement by Nintendo. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which have had a head start of three years on the Switch, have already sold an estimated 36 and 60 million units respectively, and it remains to be seen if the Switch can catch up to the Xbox One at least, since Pachter predicted that it will outsellMicrosoft's console in the coming year. This prediction also assumes the Switch will drop in price as well from an already affordable $299 to sustain this sales growth.
The Wii, launched in 2006, sold over 100 million units to date making it one of the most successful consoles of all time. The system was famous for its motion control gameplay, which both Sony and Microsoft tried to emulate with varying success. Although it died quickly on the Xbox One, Nintendo still uses the concept in its latest console with the Joy-Con controllers and games like 1-2 Switch.