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PS4 vs Xbox One vs Switch Global Lifetime Sales – December 2017

PS4 vs Xbox One vs Switch Global Lifetime Sales – December 2017 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 February 2018 / 18,807 Views

Welcome to the latest edition of the ‘PS4 vs Xbox One vs Switch Worldwide’ article. This series compares the monthly and lifetime retail sales of the three main consoles - the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch.


Looking at the total sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch in December 2017 shows the holiday bump. The Switch did have the biggest increase in sales in December.

The PlayStation 4 passed the 73 million mark, the Xbox One the 36 million mark and the Switch the 13 million mark. The PS4 has sold 73.64 million units lifetime, the Xbox One 36.37 million units, and the Switch 13.36 million units.

Taking a look at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 currently leads. The PlayStation 4 has a 60 percent market share, the Xbox One sits at 29 percent, and the Switch 11 percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 73,635,516

Xbox One Total Sales: 36,372,239

Switch Total Sales: 13,361,768


During the month of December 2017, the Switch outsold the PS4 by 579,988 units for the month and the Xbox One by 2.34 million units. The PS4 outsold the Xbox One by 1.76 million units.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are down. The PlayStation 4 is down 818,629 units and the Xbox One is down 247,676 units.

Taking a look at the marketshare, the Nintendo Switch managed to achieve 42 percent. The PlayStation 4 accounted for 37 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One 21 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 3,974,512

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 2,216,131

Switch Monthly Sales: 4,554,500

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched in November 2013, while the Switch launched in March 2017.

As a reminder VGChartz tracks consoles sold to consumers. 

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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Megiddo (on 01 February 2018)

Wow, PS4 stayed close to the Switch's first December despite no big price drop. Good stuff.

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Ka-pi96 (on 01 February 2018)

WTF happened to Switch? Why was it's November so low compared to December?

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trunkswd Ka-pi96 (on 01 February 2018)

Stock. Nintendo pushed a LOT of units in December. Plus December has always been Nintendo's strongest month usually having a much larger boost than Sony and Microsoft.

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siebensus4 Ka-pi96 (on 01 February 2018)

Stock, XONEX release, XONES + PS4 cheap black friday bundles

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Amnesia Ka-pi96 (on 02 February 2018)

There is an explanation to understand why the NS has a spike in December and why the curves of SONY and MS are a little bit smoother. The target of the NS has much more children of 7-14, and these children want to have their new console on the 25th of December. The 25-35 years old players of MS and SONY which are in bigger proportion give less shit about Christmass, and many of them will avoid the stupid rush of December and instead buy their console in Nov and Jan.

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siebensus4 Ka-pi96 (on 02 February 2018)

OK.... so what about christmas 2016 when we had more PS4 and XBO sales in December than WiiU and 3DS? Seems that children now have many different consoles at home :D Please understand that Switch works fine in every age range ;-)

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TheBraveGallade Ka-pi96 (on 02 February 2018)

More like the sicked supply fron two months before and after for december

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