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Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – July 2017 Update

Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – July 2017 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 September 2017 / 8,753 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 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 226,880 – PS4

Total Lead: -1,852,774 – PS4

Switch Total Sales: 5,386,574

PS4 Total Sales: 7,239,348

July 2017 is the 5th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 during the same time frame by 226,880 units. The Switch is currently behind the PlayStation 4 by 1.85 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 5.39 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 7.24 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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43 Comments
mountaindewslave (on 15 September 2017)

this may actually be an interesting battle considering the PS4 has a big advantage with launching during the holidays, rather than the Switch in the Spring. Will be curious to see whether the Switch gains ground after this holiday or not given it will be its first Christmas

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SpokenTruth mountaindewslave (on 15 September 2017)

Someone gave you a thumbs down for this very balanced comment.

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Qwark mountaindewslave (on 15 September 2017)

If they released Switch during the holidays it would hardly matter because it was sold out everywhere. Same did go for the PS4 which sold a million first week and 90k the weak after. To get back at 900k due to the European launch. Although it will be intresting to see whether the Switch can be on top of PS4 for a little while after the ninth month.

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ABizzel1 mountaindewslave (on 17 September 2017)

@Qwark

Thanks for saving me from having to type that out. I don't understand why people don't get that. Launching in the holiday season does absolutely nothing for you, because there are only so many consoles that can be produced in a given time. If anything the Switch has the advantage because it will enjoy it's first full holiday sales 8 months into its lifecycle, whereas PS4 didn't get that benefit until a year later.

Still good sales for the Switch, and PS4 was an absolute beast.

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Green098 (on 15 September 2017)

The Switch will at least give more of a fight than the Xbox One ever did against the PS4, when supply issues are sorted and games like Pokémon, Mario and Animal Crossing make their way to it, who knows just how close it can keep up.

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Ruler (on 15 September 2017)

good numbers for both

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Bandorr (on 15 September 2017)

At least this will be an interesting race. Good to see that a console can actually offer up some competition to PS4.

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Azuren (on 15 September 2017)

I didn't know the aligned gap was that wide. I'm enjoying my Switch, though, and I'm glad it's a much closer race than PS4 vs XB1.

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AngryLittleAlchemist Azuren (on 15 September 2017)

Hopefully it's due to the PS4's holiday launch. I want both to be even closer than they are, competition is always nice.

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Kerotan Azuren (on 15 September 2017)

Ps4 was supply constrained it's first few months so it didn't do big numbers just because of the holiday. It had insane hype.

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AngryLittleAlchemist Azuren (on 15 September 2017)

So was Switch? That doesn't mean there weren't people who bought it just because it was holidays

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Azuren Azuren (on 15 September 2017)

The fact that the Switch beat PS4's holiday launch is impressive, but the third month onwards isn't holiday sales figures for PS4.

And the Switch is STILL supply constrained, Kero.

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Kerotan Azuren (on 15 September 2017)

Comparing their launch numbers is fairly pointless because with more supply both would have sold way more. Holiday or non holiday ps4 would have sold more if it had more supply.

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Azuren Azuren (on 15 September 2017)

And so would Switch. So instead, all we can do is compare their levels of preparedness. And in that regard, Nintendo topped Sony.

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Kerotan Azuren (on 16 September 2017)

Well in that regard ps4 is ahead launch aligned so I guess all we can do is say ps4 is selling better

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AngryLittleAlchemist Azuren (on 16 September 2017)

You posted that "0 minutes ago" and it already has one like? Kerotan... you like your own posts? Hahahahha. Anyways, Switch was both supply constrained more in its first month than PS4, and PS4's 2nd month was in the holidays hence the huge increase over Switch. Hypotheticals are pointless, they are both selling amazingly but i think PS4 had two objective factors on its side.

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Kerotan Azuren (on 16 September 2017)

Didn't ps4 have absolutely terrible sales in December according to NPD because of shortages? Apparently the xb1 outsold it. People using shortages as an excuse why ps4 is beating Switch need to stop. Ps4 was a different beast.

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Azuren Azuren (on 16 September 2017)

Not even sure how you arrived to that. Because of shortages on both sides, we can't accurately pinpoint which of the two platforms would have sold more if the supply existed. All we can determine is that Nintendo was more prepared with a larger supply at launch. That's it.

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ABizzel1 Azuren (on 17 September 2017)

Kerotan is actually right.

A holiday launch does not matter, because you can only sale as much as you can produce.

PS4 didn't have a global launch. It was only available in NA for half of November launching on the 15th. It didn't launch in EU until the 29 which means it had 2 days of sales there.

Switch launched worldwide March 3rd, which was practically a full month of global sales.

Month 1: PS4 2 weeks of NA sales + 2 days of EU sales vs. 1 full month of WW sales with Switch.

What made the difference is that Sony pushed back the JP launch to Feb (aka month 4), and spread that supply across NA and EU to keep up with demand the following months, whereas Nintendo couldn't keep up because their entire stock was spread too thin and being build with mobile components meant they had to fight with Samsung and the S8 launch in April, as well as Samsung preparing the S8 Active and Note for summer / September and Apple with the iPhone 8 and X.

Both were understocked, Sony's plan just worked better and they built a traditional console that didn't have to battery for mobile parts, and there was simply more hype and demand for the PS4.

Great numbers for both.

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Darwinianevolution (on 15 September 2017)

It will be interesting to see how they fare against each other every time an exclusive gets released. Also, we'll see how the hardware shortages affect the Switch on Holydays.

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Mystro-Sama (on 16 September 2017)

I think this really shows how beast the PS4 really is.

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Dyllyo (on 15 September 2017)

I'm actually surprised the PS4 is ahead. Then again, Sony had a much higher production rate.

This will be a fun race to follow :)

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Qwark Dyllyo (on 15 September 2017)

Yet even the PS4 knew shortages it's first months especially in Europe. But the real test will start 2018 since Nintendo should have their shortages sorted out by then. If that's not the case Sony will get a very big lead in very little time.

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Kerotan (on 15 September 2017)

Sony stretching that lead nicely. Switch is excellent but ps4 on another level.

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Rob5VGC Kerotan (on 15 September 2017)

LMAO That's our Kerotan.

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Ljink96 Kerotan (on 15 September 2017)

Eh, it's less impressive when you consider when each console launched and stock issues arising from lack of parts.

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Kerotan Kerotan (on 15 September 2017)

Not really because ps4 was severely supply constrained when it launched so it couldn't even take advantage of those extra holiday sales

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Barkley Kerotan (on 16 September 2017)

You're right ps4 is on another level, (downvotes incoming).

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KilleyMc Kerotan (on 16 September 2017)

I can't see what's wrong with this comment. Be it due to shortages, better distribution chains, presence on more regions or whatever, a difference close to 2 millions in units sold in a 5 month timeframe shouldn't be disregarded. Switch is doing great, but the PS4 is a monster.

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IkePoR Kerotan (on 16 September 2017)

@KileyMc Because it's slightly misguided. Great the PS4 may be you'd be neglectful to mention Microsoft was tanking with the Xbox One at the time. Looking at the PS4/XB1 sales gap to this day tells the story of Sony benefiting hugely off of MS' opening fumble.

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Kerotan Kerotan (on 16 September 2017)

@ikepor and Nintendo benefit greatly from neither Sony or Microsoft producing portable consoles. Your point isn't holding much weight in the grand scheme of things.

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KilleyMc Kerotan (on 16 September 2017)

@ikepor Mm, I seem to recall Microsoft saying that the Xbox One was selling better than the 360 for quite some time, so in that sense it really wasn't tanking, it was just being kicked out of the curve by what was considered as the superior choice at the time. You could even argue that the PS4 had worse odds than the Switch, since it launched at the same time than its direct competition.

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IkePoR Kerotan (on 16 September 2017)

There's no correlation to the Switch not having portable competition and it selling well. 3DS had none for nearly a year and Nintendo couldn't sell the thing. Same thing with the Wii U. So your counter point holds no weight at all. It's lack of competition is irrelevant, meanwhile PS4 had competition - inept competition that Sony gained off of. You can look on this very forum to see how many Xbox fanboys jumped ship after the console was revealed.

@KilleyMc Fair point if there are numbers, which is something MS has failed to produce for most of the generation. If there are numbers, great, but I doubt it. It just sounds like more corporate spin, something MS loves to do.

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Barkley Kerotan (on 16 September 2017)

Wait... so no competition does nothing, but bad competition increases sales? what?

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IkePoR Kerotan (on 16 September 2017)

Yes. Because if someone wants a portable but doesn't want a Switch, they don't buy anything. If they want a home console and Xbox One sucks for some reason, they have two other options to choose from. Considering the PS4 was nearly identical, cost less and wasn't having a PR meltdown, PS4 absorbed a lot of unhappy Xbox fans.

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Rem87919394 (on 16 September 2017)

Charts for numbers that aren't absolute

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Ggordon (on 15 September 2017)
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