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PS4 vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2017 Update

PS4 vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2017 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 May 2017 / 42,967 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.

PlayStation 4 Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 66,059 – Wii

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,606,626 - Wii

Total Lead: 11,429,558 – Wii

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 57,223,432

Wii Total Sales: 68,652,990

March 2017 is the 41st month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Wii when compared with the Wii’s 41st month on sale. The gap increased by 66,059 units in the last month. Over the last 12 months it has increased by 3.61 million units. The Wii currently leads by 11.43 million units.

Both consoles launched in November. The Wii launched in November 2006, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. The PlayStation 4 has sold 57.22 million units, while the Wii sold 68.65 million units during the same timeframe.


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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29 Comments
kljesta64 (on 12 May 2017)

Wii would like to play.

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pastro243 (on 12 May 2017)

How far are we to the slowdown? I'm sure ps4 will catch it eventually but those wii numbers are fantastic

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zorg1000 pastro243 (on 12 May 2017)

2010-17.3 million
2011-11.5 million
2012-5.1 million
2013-1.9 million
2014-0.5 million

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Azuren pastro243 (on 12 May 2017)

So based on the current Projections, PS4 should close some ground this year.

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zorg1000 pastro243 (on 12 May 2017)

Maybe. Yearly sell through according to Sony

2013-4.2 million
2014-14.3 million/18.5m LTD
2015-17.4 million/35.9m LTD
2016-17.5 million/53.4m LTD

Sony is forcasting shipments this fiscal year to be down 10% YOY so there is little reason to expect sell through to be up.

Either way, the lead will likely remain relatively stable, i cant see it growing or shrinking by any more than 1 million this year.

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JWeinCom pastro243 (on 12 May 2017)

Based on the projections, PS4 should fall a million or so behind. PS4 in 2016 sold slightly less than Wii 2010. This means the PS4 would have to be up YOY to close the gap.

There's nothing announced that should make people expect PS4 sales to rise, and Sony's projections indicate that they're not hiding some sort of megaton announcement.

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pastro243 pastro243 (on 13 May 2017)

based on what's been said here I agree with zorg. The gap won't shrink or grow that much, but I expect ps4 with a more stable decline in wii's 2010-2014 equivalent. Those years will be enough to put it upfront imo

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Azuren pastro243 (on 13 May 2017)

Last I checked, Sony's projection for the PS4 in 2017 was 18m. If they meet that, it'll put them 500k ahead of the Wii they year on aligned launch.

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Barkley pastro243 (on 13 May 2017)

So 2019 will be the year PS4 makes me the most ground, while Wii sells 5 million in the aligned year, PS4 should have no trouble doing well over double that in 2019.

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zorg1000 pastro243 (on 13 May 2017)

Azuren, 18 million is the forcast for shipments in the fiscal year, not sell through in the calender year.

Last calender year PS4 sold 17.5 million according to official Sony statement.

Last fiscsl year PS4 shipped 20 million so they expect shipments to be down 10%.

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Barkley pastro243 (on 13 May 2017)

It's worth noting though Zorg, that at the end of last year there were almost 4 million PS4's on shelves, so they can ship less and still sell more to consumers. Unless they're planning to have 5 Million on the shelves at the end of this year, they're forecasting higher sales to consumers.

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zorg1000 pastro243 (on 13 May 2017)

yes, that is possible. I just took a look, at the end of 2015 there were 1.8 million units on shelves vs 3.7 million at the end of 2016 so it seems as though Sony may have overshipped a bit last year.

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JWeinCom (on 12 May 2017)

Three and a half years in and the Wii is still gaining... if the Wii outsells the PS4 in their fourth years, are we going to be done calling the Wii a fad?

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Zekkyou JWeinCom (on 12 May 2017)

Calling the Wii a "fad" is obviously an exaggeration, but it does make more sense in the context of the 7th gen's length. It was absolutely crushing everyone at the start of the generation (it sold more in 2007 and 2008 than the PS3 and 360 combined), but by the end of the gen both the PS3 and 360 had gotten relatively close to its total. I think that warps people's memory. Even a lot of Nintendo fans seem to think the Wii's sales drop was more aggressive than it actually was.

In reality the Wii's sales did start dropping quicker than normal (it peaked in its 2nd full year), but it still maintained great sales for another 2 years, and was competitive for a 3rd. Calling it an overall fad is silly.

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JWeinCom JWeinCom (on 12 May 2017)

People in these charts have been talking about how the Wii is going to drop like a stone for around two years, although they've been quieter now.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by competitive. The Wii outsold the other two for four years, and wasn't too far behind the fifth. It only stopped selling in 2012 when Nintendo pushed the Wii U instead. Third parties had already largely bailed by that point, but if Nintendo decided to launch the Wii U in 2013 (which in retrospect may have been a better decision) the Wii could have pushed out an extra 5-10 million.

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Zekkyou JWeinCom (on 13 May 2017)

By competitive i mean its sales had slowed a lot by year 5, but it was still selling comparably to the PS3 and 360. Year 1 and 2 it was an absolute monster, year 3 and 4 it started to decline but was still pulling in great numbers, and year 5 it dropped a lot but was still competitive. Make sense?

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Robert_Downey_Jr. JWeinCom (on 13 May 2017)

it was a market leader for the start of the gen then fell sharply behind the last couple years. Didn't happen to PS2, PS1, or SNES

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Miguel_Zorro JWeinCom (on 13 May 2017)

I'm sticking with the prediction that I posted in last month's comparison thread.

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Miguel_Zorro (on 13 May 2017)

I removed the spambot comments. ;)

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Barkley (on 13 May 2017)

Give it time! PS4's going to take the crown in this battle.

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