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Switch vs PS4 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2019 Update

Switch vs PS4 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2019 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 March 2019 / 3,583 Views

The VGChartz Gap charts are updated monthly and each article focuses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

Switch Vs. PS4 Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 199,618 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,052,829 - Switch

Total Lead: 522,361 – PS4

Switch Total Sales: 7,264,904

PS4 Total Sales: 7,787,265

January 2019 is the 23rd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch in Japan when compared to the PlayStation 4 by 199,618 and by 2.05 million units in the last 12 months. The PlayStation 4 is currently ahead the Switch by 522,361 units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in February 2014 in Japan, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 7.26 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 7.79 million units through December 2018.


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 and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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12 Comments

CaptainExplosion (on 16 March 2019)

The gap is closing! :D


Bofferbrauer2 (on 16 March 2019)

Yeah, a couple more months ans the Switch will have past the PS4.


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GoOnKid (on 17 March 2019)

.. but but but the cliff!


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Bofferbrauer2 (on 17 March 2019)

Look at the first graph, see that cliff at the end during the holiday season? Switch slid down that cliff to almost reach the bottom of the PS4's 3 year advantage.


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PAOerfulone (on 17 March 2019)

If the trends and baselines continue, the Switch should pass the PS4 by April or May.


Darwinianevolution (on 17 March 2019)

At the very least, it should pass it once Fire Emblem Three Houses comes out, plus Youkai Watch 4 coming in summer as well.


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Geralt99 (on 17 March 2019)

And europe comparision?


MasonADC (on 17 March 2019)

Europe numbers are less reliable, meaning that a lot of adjustments would have to be made for these charts each month( this is just my speculation).


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Bofferbrauer2 (on 17 March 2019)

If we had an official European tracker like NPD in the US or Media Create in Japan, we certainly would have such one already. But the way it is, anything from Europe or RoW is just a guestimate until the numbers can be more or less confirmed and adjusted by some official numbers (which mostly consist on quarterly reports) .


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Vertigo-X (on 20 March 2019)

Additionally, unless I'm mistaken, PS4 is consistently beating Switch in Europe. This means the graph would continue to diverge and would be pointless. Perhaps it'll change in the future, but said graphs are to indicate close/converging trends, not diverging.


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Geralt99 (on 17 March 2019)

Why only the japan comparision. Everyone knows portable consoles have always been more popular than home consoles in japan. Also why not compare other regions like NA , Europe or rest of the world.


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