However, could the roles be reversed with the next-gen consoles? At least one analyst doesn’t think so. According to Piers Harding-Rolls of IHS Markit Technology, he believes that the PS5 could outdo the Xbox Series X. “I expect PS5 to outsell Xbox Series X in 2020, but for both platforms to sell more consoles at launch than both the PS4 and Xbox One did back in 2013.”
Harding-Rolls claims that this is largely due to brand loyalty and as a result, he expects that there will be less brand switching. “One new factor for this upcoming generation is the impact of backwards compatibility on brand loyalty and audience transition. I think we’ll see less brand switching as a result.”
The analyst also goes on to claim that Nintendo’s Switch console could very well be the best-selling console of the year, but whether or not that will come true remains to be seen. The Switch has managed to prove itself as a worthy competitor, although its overall sales does seem to pale in comparison to what Sony has sold so far with its PS4.