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NS, PS4 and XOne vs Wii, PS3 and X360 - VGChartz Gap Charts – June 2018 Update

NS, PS4 and XOne vs Wii, PS3 and X360 - VGChartz Gap Charts – June 2018 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 August 2018 / 4,640 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.

This monthly series compares the combined aligned sales of the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with the combined aligned sales of the Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


Gap change in latest month: 102,209 – 8th Generation

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,714,248 – 8th Generation

Total Lead: 7,703,455 – 8th Generation

7th Generation Total Combined Console Sales: 41,987,080

8th Generation Total Combined Console Sales: 49,690,535

The aligned sales 8th generation has been able to stay ahead of the aligned sales of the 7th generation when you use the Nintendo Switch, instead of the Wii U. In the last month the 8th generation has grown its lead by 102,209 units. However, in the last 12 months the gap has grown in favor of the 8th generation its lead by 2.71 million units.

The 7th generation of consoles in its first 16 months sold 41.99 million units, while the 8th generation of consoles sold 49.69 million units. The 8th gen currently leads by 7.70 million units.

The 7th generation of consoles sold a combined 274.35 million units during their lifetime, while the 8th generation has sold 137.89 million units through March 2018.

 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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Trentonater (on 11 August 2018)

Wii U never happened. We are doing exactly what Nintendo wants.

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KLAMarine Trentonater (on 12 August 2018)

That some sort of Wii add-on or something?..

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KLAMarine Trentonater (on 12 August 2018)

looks around cautiously

...I enjoyed my WiiU, in case someone was wondering...

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GaoGaiGarV (on 12 August 2018)

If you add Switch numbers to the current generation then please add PSP numbers from model 2000 onward to the last generation.

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Alby_da_Wolf (on 12 August 2018)

If you added Wii U numbers too, 8th gen would appear even stronger, even if by just a little! :-D

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catofellow Alby_da_Wolf (on 13 August 2018)

Absolutely not. This is launch aligned. They are only including about 1.5 year of Wii sales because Switch has been out one year. If they include Wii U, which launched in 2012, 7th gen would get six years of Wii sales, and 7th gen would blow out 8th gen.

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Alby_da_Wolf Alby_da_Wolf (on 15 August 2018)

The trick would be to launch-align BOTH Wii U and NS, instead of considering them in sequence, as it would be correct if we consider them two successive parts of Ninty overall 8th gen line and strategy. I know, it would be cheating a little. :-P
Actually, adding Wii U would surely better 8th gen lifetime totals, but not launch-aligned sales.

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Blood_Tears (on 11 August 2018)

Switch is not the same gen as X1 and PS4 and it's pathetic that people can just ignore the existence of the Wii U.

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Bofferbrauer2 Blood_Tears (on 12 August 2018)

Depends how you look at it. Since Wii U shares so much with the Wii (including all the peripherals and fully compatible to Wii games), one could argue it's actually closer to an upgrade like the Pro or ONE X than Nintendos next gen

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Qwark Blood_Tears (on 12 August 2018)

Except it had a library that was totally different than its predecessor. The Wii was a gamecube with overclocked processors and motion control should we pretend that was a sixth gen console.

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Alby_da_Wolf Blood_Tears (on 12 August 2018)

Wii U was Gen 7.5 and NS is Gen 8.5, so we can consider them on average two 8th Gen consoles. :-P

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gemini_d@rk (on 11 August 2018)

This gen is ps4/xone/wii u. Switch will wait ps5 and next box.

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Alby_da_Wolf gemini_d@rk (on 12 August 2018)

What John wrote, and we can also simply consider that acknowledging Wii U failure soon enough, Ninty simply made TWO 8th gen consoles. Surely NS won't be able to meet minimum specs for 9th gen home consoles.
Also, we include a console in a given gen based on when it is or was the latest console in its producer's range, we say PS4 and XBOne are 8th gen even if Sony and MS skipped the first four and five generations respectively.

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Qwark gemini_d@rk (on 12 August 2018)

Why is that weird there where console generations before Nintendo Sony and MS made consoles. A gen reflects a period where the console builders built a new console with a new library. The Switch is the first gen hybrid, butits release does not mark the start of the 9th gen.

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