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Switch vs PS4 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – July 2018 Update

July 2018 is the 17th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch in Japan when compared to the PlayStation 4 by 121,674 and by 1.60 million units in the last 12 months. The PlayStation 4 is currently ahead the Switch by 2.17 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in February 2014 in Japan, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 4.73 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 6.90 million units during the same timeframe.

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Benjaminkno69d ago

Japan is very handheld oriented. Of course the switch is doing better and will outsell Ps4 here.
It doesn’t really make sense to compare the 2.

Neonridr69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

why not? They are both the "home consoles" in this country. Should the PS4 just be compared to the XB1? The 3DS still exists and continues to sell here. Quite the excuse going there..

Benjaminkno69d ago

It’s like comparing televisions and cell phones.

They both play games and can run Netflix or YouTube.
One of them can be carried around with you.
We don’t compare TV and cell phone sales.

For the record, I don’t play my PlayStation anymore.

Benjaminkno69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

I just think they’re not as comparable.

The PlayStation 4 can do anything a computer does. Why aren’t we comparing Ps4 sales along with PC’s?

Because 1 is more dedicated to being a gaming device?

I don’t agree that the PlayStation 2 was comparable to GameCube. For some people it was a DVD player first. Yet Nintendo gets complaints about too many gimmicks at the same time getting complaints about not having a DVD player or web browser. People are stupid and don’t understand that having a blu-ray player or a web browser is a gimmick and motion controls aren’t.

So yea, I think the argument can be made that they aren’t really comparable.

sinspirit69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

I agree that its versatility is definitely a strong selling factor.

But, Japan is looking for more JRPG focus and specific creative vision that Nintendo has always had. Sony has been less JRPG oriented and more western narrative driven since PS3. These are awesome games, but they are now appealing to the western crowd first. Nintendo is appealing to Japan first and this is why we see such a difference in their product vision and style.

Also, The PS4 can't do anything a computer does. I can't do word documents, spreadsheets, simple file management, or use professional programs for different fields. It is technically a computer, as is a phone. But, it's not a personal computer, which is what people really mean to say. It's designed and main capability, hardware and software, are all for gaming.

Blu-Ray is absolutely not a gimmick. We wouldn't be able to have nearly the level of quality of games, in terms of length, assets, content, and polish, without Blu-Ray. Game installs are to improve loading times, but Blu-Ray is actually still much faster than DVD even though installs are now commonplace. Remember, MGS4? It has a roughly 8GB game engine. That would leave 1GB for game assets. Imagine how short and simple that game would have been.

A lot of Japanese game sales on PS2 did roughly the same sales ratio per console sold as the USA, while a lot of Japanese style games sold more in Japan. Seems like most of them were legitimate gamers, just as much as the other regions. I don't think being a DVD player was the big selling factor. It still sold very well even during the next generation of consoles, and DVD players being much cheaper by that time. It was just a great console with a ton of games for everyone.

The only reason the Switch doesn't Blu-Ray is because it isn't trying to pursue something similar to the PSP's UMD's. It's cartridges can currently hold up to 32GB, and 64GB ones are due to release next year. It accomplishes the same task but with a more expensive proprietary chip.

Ciporta198069d ago (Edited 69d ago )

Of course you can compare them. You can't change the rules because you don't like the results. There's nothing wrong with the ps4 not being the favourite console in Japan. Your logic below is laughable, how is comparing 2 home consoles the same as comparing a phone and a TV which are neither both TVs or both phones?

King_Noctis69d ago

But the Switch is a hybrid. That mean it is also a home console. I don’t think you need to defend Sony that much.