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Analysts predict Switch to remain the top console in 2020, Switch Pro possible

Let's see how these predictions turn out
by rawmeatcowboy
02 January 2020
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Analysts have come together to not only discuss how their predictions for 2019 turned out, but also offer up some new ones for 2020. When it comes to the Switch, it seems everyone agrees that this year will be another big one for the platform. See what the analysts had to say about Switch and its future below.

Piers Harding-Rolls, IHS Markit Technology

Console - No real surprise, but Switch will again be the best selling console during the year. I think the likelihood of a higher-end Switch in 2020 has significantly diminished since the launch of an improved flagship Switch and the Switch Lite. 2020 is also set to be Switch's best hardware sales performance since launch. The Switch Lite will launch in mainland China.

Mat Piscatella, NPD Group

Despite year-on-year declines, Nintendo Switch will lead the hardware market - Nintendo Switch carries tremendous momentum into 2020. While I do expect hardware sales to decline in 2020, Nintendo Switch will remain on top in the hardware space, perhaps into 2022.

Dr. Serkan Toto, Kantan Games

Switch Pro launch - There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Nintendo will launch a "Switch Pro" in 2020, my guess is at $399. More specifically, I predict 4K support, bigger cartridge sizes, and of course beefed-up components. I also think the device will launch after the summer holidays to counter the roll-out of the PS5 and next-gen Xbox later in the year - along with a first-party, system-seller game.

More Microsoft games on the Switch - The love affair between Microsoft and Nintendo is likely to continue, with more big Xbox games landing on the Switch. I am skeptical about xCloud coming to the Nintendo device in 2020, however.