Should you buy a PS4 or Xbox One right now?

The Nintendo Switch has been out-of-stock for the last few weeks. Why is the Nintendo Switch selling out? It’s because of a bunch of factors: demand caused by much of the world’s population being stuck indoors for the foreseeable future, as well as massive interest in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a recent game for the system. This Bloomberg article in February warned that component supply issues were going to be a problem and hit supplies worldwide by April. It seems they were correct.

So, with the Switch being elusive, you might be wondering if it’s worth picking up an older games console like the PS4 or Xbox One instead. In the UK, overall console sales in the week of March 16-22 were up 250%, according to GSD figures analyzed by, so demand is high. The outlet cites massive gains for all three consoles, and retailers are now starting to sell out of the Xbox One and PS4.

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