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Switch sales in the UK matched PlayStation and Xbox sales combined in 2020

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2020 was quite the year for the Nintendo Switch, as the portable console's UK sales roughly matched those of the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S combined.

As noted by GIBiz head Christopher Dring, Xbox and PlayStation's current and last-gen consoles together couldn't outpace the Switch. It's a remarkable testament to the staying power of Nintendo's nearly four-year-old hardware.

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It's no surprise that the Switch has been a hot seller - the console is notoriously hard to find due to high demand, and Nintendo recently celebrated the Switch's strongest October sales ever - but this new data from GIBiz definitely adds some eyebrow-raising context.

That's not to say PlayStation and Xbox aren't shifting units. As we recently reported, November 2020's PS5 launch was the biggest for any console in US history. Per NPD industry advisor Mat Piscatella, "PS5 achieved the highest launch month unit and dollar sales for a video game hardware platform in US history. The records were previously held by the PlayStation 4, which debuted in November 2013." Microsoft's new consoles aren't selling as well as PS5, but they're still flying off shelves the second they land. You probably know this well enough if you've been looking (keep up with our guides on where to buy a PS5 and where to buy an Xbox Series X).

Despite the rumor mill continuing to spill out Switch Pro rumors, it sounds like the plain ol' Switch (and Switch Lite) are here to say. Just last month, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said the current Switch is roughly in the middle of its life cycle. Bowser also recently poured cold water on the idea of an upgraded Switch coming anytime soon.

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Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked in - *shudders* - content management while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG. Now, as GamesRadar's Arizona-based Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.