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The game console war might be over (and the winner will surprise you)

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We're still in the infancy of the current PS5 versus Xbox Series X/S console war, but Nintendo has already crashed the party. According to data and analytics firm Ampere Analysis, Nintendo's old tech is going to outsell both newcomers in 2022. 

We're not surprised Nintendo is still dominating console sales in 2022. The Japanese tech giant has a long history of reinventing how we play games, offering with unique UX and UI design, whether that's the Switch, or Wii and Gameboy. But what's next? Read up on everything you need to know about the Switch Pro.

PS5 vs Xbox? No, it's Switch

Nintendo Switch OLED

The new Nintendo OLED model is giving the console a boost in 2022 (Image credit: Nintendo)

Ampere director Piers Harding-Rolls has made some bold predictions for sales this year: Xbox Series will sell 9 million units. PlayStation 5: 18 million, but Nintendo Switch will sell a massive 21 million. There's deeper analysis in Ampere's full video.

“It looks like the availability of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles is going to improve slowly over the year and our expectation is that Sony will outsell Microsoft two-to-one,” said Harding-Rolls in his Twitter video. “But actually the biggest selling console in the market is going to be Nintendo Switch at 21 million units, and that will be driven by demand for the new Nintendo Switch OLED.”

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There are known problems with getting parts – mainly expensive semiconductors – as well as Covid affecting workforces and distribution globally, that have impacted both PS5 and Xbox. The Switch is old tech, and so parts are easier to come by and has enabled Nintendo to get its console into hands far easier.

But let's not overlook the experience of using a Switch. It's a beautifully designed handheld console with unique UX design that allows players to decide how they want to play - on a TV or curled up on the sofa under a blanket. Cosy. The new Switch OLED model is selling fast, too.

If you're still on the hunt for a PS5, then bookmark our PS5 restock news and prices page which is regularly updated. You can find the latest deals on Xbox Series X/S on our Xbox deals tracker, too.

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Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & Design at Creative Bloq. Ian is the former editor of many leading magazines, including digital art focused ImagineFX and 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched the magazine X360 in 2005 and has relaunched many others. In his early career Ian wrote for music and film magazines, including Uncut, SFX, and assisted on The Idler. With over 25 years' experience in both print and online journalism, Ian has worked on many leading video game and digital art brands. With a passion for video games and art, Ian combines his loves to bring the latest news on NFTs, video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq. In his spare time he doodles in Corel Painter, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.