PS4 vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2014 Update

by William D'Angelo, posted on 17 February 2014 / 9,180 Views

Welcome to the VGChartz Gap charts. The charts will be updated monthly and each article will focus on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation, as well as comparing the 8th generation consoles. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

PS4 vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2014 Update

PlayStation 4 Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 402,884 - Wii

Gap change over last 12 months: n/a

Total Lead: 1,039,720 – PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 5,046,869

Wii Total Sales: 4,007,149

January 2014 is the third month that the PlayStation 4 is on sale. When you compare it with the bestselling 7th generation console, the Wii, it is currently outpacing it. In the first three months, the PlayStation 4 currently leads by 1,039,720 units. However, the gap shrunk 402,884 in January in favor of the Wii.

Both consoles launched in November. The Wii launched in November 2006, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013.

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com.


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14 Comments

leyendax69 (on 17 February 2014)

Keeping the lead this long without japan is already impressive. It should maintain that ways few months more. My country is not a big market, but the console is sold out until march and that has never happened with any console, amazing.


Wonktonodi (on 17 February 2014)

it's pretty amazing how the shrink in the gap is entirely from sales in Japan.out the current lack thereof. next month's report should show the gap grow again


4k1x3r (on 17 February 2014)

The gap would have never gone down actually if it wasn't for the supply issues... it's still outsold pretty much everywhere. I still have to get a chance to buy one


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fatslob-:O (on 17 February 2014)

Alright, PS4 is holding up pretty well now ... I look forward to the february NPD numbers to see if it's the real deal.


paulrage2 (on 19 February 2014)

PS4 has more than a million above Wii without being released in Japan.


ThatDanishGamer (on 18 February 2014)

The gap will increase in February.


Tokovitx (on 18 February 2014)

Really impressive


Michael-5 (on 17 February 2014)

Will PS4 top PS2? Madness


Anfebious (on 17 February 2014)

I am waiting for the holidays NPD to gauge the PS4. Didn't Wii sales explode in it's first holidays?


leyendax69 (on 17 February 2014)

Nobody expect PS4 to maintain the lead after the holidays...


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RoadShow (on 17 February 2014)

Well since PS4 is releasing in Japan this month I think that gap will widen a little again - in PS4's favor. Looking to be a great generation for Sony. Thank god too. Someone that gives so much for so little deserves to be #1.


Chasesdaddy84 (on 19 February 2014)

totally agree! As far as corporations go they are definitely (along with Ninty) the lesser of the evils. It's all about $ for all of them.... but some go about it better than others. I think Sony has found a happy medium at least in their gaming division. Sales for Sony's gaming division has grown something like 300% since the launch of the PS4 and they have smashed every single projection they had. While Sony as a whole might be on thin ice, it's gaming division is thriving. Sony has just done everything right, and people are noticing and rewarding them for it. PS4 will be my first next gen purchase and in my town of over 220,000 people I very rarely hear anyone say they want an X Box One over a PS4. EVERYONE wants to be the next person to have a PS4 and it seems no one really cares at all about X Box One with a few scattered fans that are promoting Titanfall as the next coming of Jesus. We'll see how that works out..... Isn't it scary that the PS4 in the United States is smashing the X Box One and let's be honest it really has no games that warrant a purchase right now... it is more a future investment in what we know will come down the road. I think people know by getting a PS4 they are getting the best version of multi plats... they are getting amazing deals... the stronger hardware.. higher resolutions.. higher FPS.. more content for the money (regarding PS Plus especially) amazing first party games, longevity and support for games and franchises long after release.. I mean look at the way Sony is still supporting PS3.. I'm LOVING my PS3 right now.. sure can't wait for PS4 but PS3 is serving me better than ever. Downloading TLoU: Left Behind DLC right now.. I'm hoping it's gonna be as good as my expectations. Knowing ND it will be better.

Sorry for long post... I just think there is a few big reasons why Sony is wining so big and so easily this gen thus far. I think people who are saying "WHY IS PS4 SELLING LIKE THIS?!?!" I think the answer is quite obvious... they have just done everything right. The sales are deserved. They have offered a great product for a low cost that offers the best the industry has to offer.


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Chasesdaddy84 (on 19 February 2014)

totally agree! As far as corporations go they are definitely (along with Ninty) the lesser of the evils. It's all about $ for all of them.... but some go about it better than others. I think Sony has found a happy medium at least in their gaming division. Sales for Sony's gaming division has grown something like 300% since the launch of the PS4 and they have smashed every single projection they had. While Sony as a whole might be on thin ice, it's gaming division is thriving. Sony has just done everything right, and people are noticing and rewarding them for it. PS4 will be my first next gen purchase and in my town of over 220,000 people I very rarely hear anyone say they want an X Box One over a PS4. EVERYONE wants to be the next person to have a PS4 and it seems no one really cares at all about X Box One with a few scattered fans that are promoting Titanfall as the next coming of Jesus. We'll see how that works out..... Isn't it scary that the PS4 in the United States is smashing the X Box One and let's be honest it really has no games that warrant a purchase right now... it is more a future investment in what we know will come down the road. I think people know by getting a PS4 they are getting the best version of multi plats... they are getting amazing deals... the stronger hardware.. higher resolutions.. higher FPS.. more content for the money (regarding PS Plus especially) amazing first party games, longevity and support for games and franchises long after release.. I mean look at the way Sony is still supporting PS3.. I'm LOVING my PS3 right now.. sure can't wait for PS4 but PS3 is serving me better than ever. Downloading TLoU: Left Behind DLC right now.. I'm hoping it's gonna be as good as my expectations. Knowing ND it will be better.

Sorry for long post... I just think there is a few big reasons why Sony is wining so big and so easily this gen thus far. I think people who are saying "WHY IS PS4 SELLING LIKE THIS?!?!" I think the answer is quite obvious... they have just done everything right. The sales are deserved. They have offered a great product for a low cost that offers the best the industry has to offer.


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binary solo (on 19 February 2014)

I don't think there's much doubt the Wii will eventually take the lead. But PS4 has already had a great first year simply by selling 5 million in its first 3 months. I expect PS4 to win February with Japan coming on stream, March is a toss up depending on how fast Japan sales normalise to baseline sales. April to October will be interesting.


Shadow1980 (on 18 February 2014)

I suspect the PS4 might not sell quite as fast as the Wii in the first couple of years, mainly because of the XBO siphoning off a non-trivial portion of its sales in America. But, like past Sony consoles, will have much stronger legs. In the U.S., both the Wii and PS2 peaked in their second full calendar year, with the PS2 selling nearly 8.6 million in 2002 and the Wii selling nearly 10.2 million. However, the Wii's sales tapered off quicker than the PS2's and thus will never quite catch up to it. In Japan, the Wii sold better in 2007 than the PS2 did in 2001, but it peaked that year and declined rapidly while the PS2 had a much slower taper. Also, while the Wii blew the PS3 away in 2007 & 2008, the PS3 had nearly caught up with the Wii in annual sales in 2009 and had passed it in 2011. I'm not sure of the Wii-PS2 gap in Europe, though (there are no annual PS2 sales figures I could find, only shipments), but like in Japan the PS3 passed the Wii in annual sales in 2011. So, even if the PS4 doesn't quite reach Wii-level monthly sales this year or even next, I expect it to start consistently trending ahead of the Wii by 2016. Nintendo's systems just don't have the legs they used to back in the 8-bit & 16-bit eras, while Sony's can keep selling well five or more years after being released. P.S.: Will we ever get regional breakdowns in these comparison charts? A single system can have very different sales curves in different regions, in terms of both size and trajectory.


Michelasso (on 17 February 2014)

The PS4 isn't out in Japan yet. And Amazon UK has the next batch of PS4s coming.. March 18.


drake_tolu (on 17 February 2014)

For me PS4 not exceed Wii to end of gen... in these times of crisis the number of old generation is a dream, Wii, X360, and PS3 sold 260 milion in total, and for me this generation it will make only 220 milion. But for me, PS4 will be in a sense the winner, because all console sold less of old, but for me PS4 will sold more PS3. My estimates for end of gen: 1)3DS=110 milion 2)PS4=95 milion 3)Wii U=70 milion 4)XBOX ONE=50 milion 5)PSVita=35 milion P.S Sorry for my englesh, i'm italian.


RoadShow (on 17 February 2014)

PS4 will easily hit 100 Million. Hell PS3 might even hit it before it stops selling.


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alabtrosMyster (on 17 February 2014)

That's the kind of graph that will get really interesting after 3 or 4 years! (when the Wii sales collapsed).