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PS4 vs Xbox One vs Switch Global Lifetime Sales – January 2018

PS4 vs Xbox One vs Switch Global Lifetime Sales – January 2018 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2018 / 189,834 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 though January 2018 shows the Switch starting to close the gap on the Xbox One.

The PlayStation 4 passed the 75 million mark, the Xbox One the 36 million mark and the Switch the 14 million mark. The PS4 has sold 75.28 million units lifetime, the Xbox One 36.03 million units, and the Switch 14.46 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: 75,282,342

Xbox One Total Sales: 36,030,181

Switch Total Sales: 14,455,009


During the month of January 2018, the PS4 outsold the Switch by 373,585 units for the month and the Xbox One by 1.14 million units. The Switch outsold the Xbox One by 764,399 units.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are up. The PlayStation 4 is up 451,713 units and the Xbox One is up 173,277 units.

Taking a look at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 managed to achieve 48 percent. The Nintendo Switch accounted for 37 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One 15 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 1,646,826

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 508,842

Switch Monthly Sales: 1,273,241

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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ROCKY223 (on 27 February 2018)

PS4 shows no signs of stoppage Switch is also selling like hotcakes and xbox has improved a bit after the one x launched so all in all its going well

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Megiddo (on 27 February 2018)

You would think that by now the PS4 would hit a saturation point where the demand starts to decline which would lead to a price cut but that hasn't happened quite yet. Unbelievable

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TheBraveGallade Megiddo (on 27 February 2018)

I mean a LOT of xbone and ps4 demand was due to american price cuts...

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EricHiggin Megiddo (on 27 February 2018)

Trains pickin up speed. Almost like a Country Western is on it's way...

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DialgaMarine (on 27 February 2018)

PS4 still leading the charge. Things are going to be crazy if Sony announces an official $199 price at E3.

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Kwaidd DialgaMarine (on 27 February 2018)

What would make you think that Sony would be silly enough to sell the console below cost when they have zero issues selling it as the data obviously shows?

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DialgaMarine DialgaMarine (on 27 February 2018)

Never said they would or should do it; I’m saying the sales numbers are going to be insane if they do. PS4 literally sold out on BF from the temporary $199 price.

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reviniente DialgaMarine (on 27 February 2018)

Correct. A move to make less profit.

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Oneeee-Chan!!! (on 27 February 2018)

Switch won at December in world wide ! That's a great.

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Oneeee-Chan!!! Oneeee-Chan!!! (on 27 February 2018)

And Switch is the most expensive out of the 3.

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Megiddo Oneeee-Chan!!! (on 27 February 2018)

Yes, while PS4 was 2 million above Switch for November, the Switch was 500k above PS4 for December.

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Oneeee-Chan!!! Oneeee-Chan!!! (on 27 February 2018)

Switch is just 10 month baby. It is not warmed up yet.

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Ruggarell (on 02 March 2018)

PS4 will outsell PS3 and then PS1 and then PS2. Sony always wins baby. Best games and best consoles

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Dark_Lord_2008 (on 28 February 2018)

PS4 continues to crush its competition in console sales. Well on track to sell over 100 million sales during 2019 and press on. The PS4 has a shot at selling 150 million consoles.

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