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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2018 / 12,542 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 through August 2018 shows much of a lead the PlayStation 4 has on the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. However, the Switch did launch several years after the other two consoles. 

The PlayStation 4 passed the 82 million mark and the Switch passed the 20 million mark. The PS4 has sold 82.30 million units lifetime, the Xbox One 38.69 million units, and the Switch 20.06 million units.

Taking a look at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 currently leads. The PlayStation 4 has a 58 percent market share, the Xbox One sits at 28 percent, and the Switch 14 percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 82,303,287

Xbox One Total Sales: 38,691,236

Switch Total Sales: 20,058,577


During the month of August 2018, the PlayStation 4 outsold the Switch by 30,490 units for the month and the Xbox One by 529,061 units. The Switch outsold the Xbox One by 498,571 units.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago, the Xbox One and Switch are up, while the PS4 is down. The Xbox One is up 162,500 units, the Switch is up 278,405 units, and the PS4 is down 94,548 units.

Taking a look at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 managed to achieve 42 percent. The Switch accounted for 40 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One 18 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 941,400

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 412,339

Switch Monthly Sales: 910,910

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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Mar1217 (on 24 September 2018)

I know a red line who's gonna touch the green one by the end of next year :3

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Bofferbrauer2 Mar1217 (on 25 September 2018)

If the Switch will indeed sell those projected 20M this FY and keep that momentum going, it could even reach that before the holiday season starts next year.

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Marth (on 25 September 2018)

Lowpoint should be over now its up and up for the next few months.

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Amnesia (on 24 September 2018)

The blue and red are more and more touching each other. November should be the month where the switch takes the lead definitely.

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CosmicSex Amnesia (on 25 September 2018)

Not sure about that. Blue's Holiday sales are just too high due to Europe mainly. If somehow Red can press into Europe then yes.

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Bofferbrauer2 Amnesia (on 26 September 2018)

Switch is doing better than last year in Europe while the brunt of the PS4's sales losses compared to last year come from there.
In other words, while the PS4 is certainly still selling better than the Switch in Europe, the advantage is getting smaller

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