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PS4 vs Wii – VGChartz Gap Charts – October 2017 Update

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 December 2017 / 8,078 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: 444,468 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,204,176 – PS4

Total Lead: 7,834,225 – Wii

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 66,030,376

Wii Total Sales: 73,864,601

October 2017 is the 48th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the PS4 when compared with the Wii’s 48th month on sale. The gap decreased by 444,468 units in the last month. Over the last 12 months it has decreased by 1.20 million units. The Wii currently leads by 7.83 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 66.03 million units, while the Wii sold 73.86 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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AngryLittleAlchemist (on 09 December 2017)

Pretty incredible how a console can do such a great job of catching up and eventually beating the Wii.

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JWeinCom (on 09 December 2017)

Sony announced 70.6 million as of December 3rd. As of December 4th 2010, Wii was at 78.4 million. So the gap will shrink by around 500k.

Wii should actually regain most of the ground it lost over the year in December. Holiday sales trends have shifted so that, compared to 2010, sales tend to be much higher in November than December. 2010 Wii outsells 2016 PS4 by about 1.5 million (although I believe the calendar works out so PS4 gets an extra week, so we won't see the effect till January). Particularly since the PS4 had a sharp price drop in November, Wii should gain back a minimum of a million, and possibly all the ground they lost over the year.

At the end of the year the gap should be about 9 million. Wii sales are pretty respectable in 2011 (11.5 million). Assuming PS4 sales drop slightly to 17 millionish, the gap will shrink to about 4-5 million. Which means, that barring some kind of truly cataclysmic event, the PS4 should pass the Wii at some point in 2019.

Depending on when the PS5 is launched, and what form it takes, sales should settle somewhere between 120 and 130 million units, which is pretty good.

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JWeinCom JWeinCom (on 10 December 2017)

Actually, I'm a little off here. I completely forgot to account for the Wii's 2012 sales. Which were about 5 million. So, if PS4 sales are around 15 million next year, the PS4 would need around 12 million units in 2019. That's still fairly likely to happen, but not quite guaranteed.

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Dyllyo (on 10 December 2017)

Here it is. Where the Wii finally petered out. With all the new PS4 games coming out in 2018, it should end up surpassing the Wii eventually

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merman (on 09 December 2017)

Wow, although it’s weird this article is 4million units wrong for PS4.

I’m interested to see if the PS4 suffers the same sharp decline the Wii did in its 4/5th year

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DialgaMarine merman (on 09 December 2017)

It won’t. Wii saw the sharp decline because the motion control fad died in 2011, and the games lineup became almost nonexistent. Besides Skyward Sword, the Wii really didn’t get anything it’s 5th/ 6th years; PS4’s upcoming lineup, on the other hand, speaks for itself.

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trunkswd merman (on 09 December 2017)

It isn't 4 million off. This is sales through the end of October. The 70.6 million figure Sony announced was for December 3.

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Bofferbrauer2 merman (on 10 December 2017)

While I do think it will slow down, I don't think the PS4 will drop off as sharply as the Wii did

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reviniente (on 09 December 2017)

I think in wording 'gap grew in favor of the PS4', the article would assume that the PS4 is in front, right?

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Barkley reviniente (on 10 December 2017)

Dunno why you got so many down votes, you're right. The gap didn't grow it shrank. The gap between the PS4 and the Wii is now less then it was before...

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