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Switch vs PS4 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – May 2018 Update

Switch vs PS4 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – May 2018 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 13 July 2018 / 4,944 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 Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 61,287 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,449,375 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,406,860 – PS4

Switch Total Sales: 4,311,570

PS4 Total Sales: 6,718,430

May 2018 is the 15th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch in Japan when compared to the PlayStation 4 by 61,287 and by 1.45 million units in the last 12 months. The PlayStation 4 is currently ahead the Switch by 2.41 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in February 2014 in Japan, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 4.31 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 6.72 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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HylianSwordsman (on 13 July 2018)

Looks like it's already caught up to where PS4 was a year ago. Shouldn't be too much longer now. This holiday plus a bit more.

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DialgaMarine (on 13 July 2018)

Interesting. The gap isn’t closing as fast as I originally thought it was. Might actually be around late-2019 where Switch passes PS4 in JP. Thought it was gonna happen sometime this year.

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Bofferbrauer2 DialgaMarine (on 14 July 2018)

Monster Hunter World put up a giant Roadblock for the Switch to overtake the PS4 this year. It was hard to achieve anyway, but now chances are extremely slim to achieve that.

However, weekly sales of the PS4 are now lower than during the same period last year, and that get boosted soon with the Dragon Quest 11 release. As a result PS4 sales in 2018 can end up lower than last year on the long run despite the huge MHW boost early this year, and KHIII comes too late to push up the sales again.

In short, unless the start of Pokemon and Smash preorders don't push up weekly Switch sales significantly, it won't do it this year, but probably shortly after PS4's last hurrah against the Switch, KHIII, is released. So late Winter/Spring is my prediction

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CosmicSex (on 13 July 2018)

Some predicted that the gap would close in 2018. I figured that it would not close until next year. This is easy to predict because true gap is the difference in current sales applied to an existing difference in total sales. Therefore, if Sony is up by 2.4 million right now: and next week sales are 20K (PS4) to 40k (Switch) then only 20k is applied to the gap. Even if Switch can maintain an average of 40K MORE sales a week, it will still take over a year for it to pass the PS4. The math is pretty straightforward here. The only real exception would be a several stellar weeks for Smash and/or Pokemon.

If a mainline Pokemon came out this year, I would say the gap would be defeated earlier.

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Amnesia CosmicSex (on 13 July 2018)

I think we are going to have from now minimum 25K of gap, and in December the gap could be 70K (150K For Switch and 80K for PS4)

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