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Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – November 2018 Update

Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – November 2018 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 January 2019 / 5,265 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 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 2,494,875 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,382,039 – PS4

Total Lead: 288,099 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 24,917,910

PS4 Total Sales: 24,629,811

November 2018 is the 21st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch during the same time frame by 2.49 units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 1.38 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 288,099 units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 24.92 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 24.63 million units during the same timeframe.

The 21st month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is November 2018, while for the PlayStation 4 it is July 2015. The gap will likely grow again in December. 

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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COKTOE (on 07 January 2019)

I know it's passe to say at this point, but again, I never would have thought after it's reveal that the Switch would be on relatively the the same sales trajectory as the super-fire-hot PS4, but here we are. And slightly better at this point no less. I predicted a 55 million ceiling for the Switch. I thiiiink I'll be proven wrong.

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OTBWY (on 07 January 2019)

It's DNA.

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SuperNintend0rk OTBWY (on 07 January 2019)

And the first graph looks like a heartbeat. IT'S ALIVE!!!

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Eagle367 (on 07 January 2019)

It's a real tug of war between these two in'it. The shape oddly resembles a double helix like in DNA. I think legs are the key here and for better or for worse, playstations always have better legs than Nintendo home consoles. But since switch can be considered both a handheld and home console, it's a bit of an anomaly regarding legs. Regardless 2019 will be the switch's biggest year and it's the third one. I don't know if 2020 can be bigger but the 4th year of PS4 was it's biggest so the contrast between the two is exciting

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PAOerfulone (on 06 January 2019)

We're gonna see a lot of back and forth between these two over the next two years.

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Bofferbrauer2 PAOerfulone (on 06 January 2019)

I'd say even more than just the next 2 years.

Potentially even to the point that throughout their lifetime none will be getting decisively away from the other

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The_Liquid_Laser PAOerfulone (on 07 January 2019)

I think there will only be one more set of criss-crosses and then Switch will stay on top. We'll just have to wait for another year and see though.

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gemini_d@rk (on 07 January 2019)

Does this DNA helix show that the consoles were made one to complement each other?

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Mnementh (on 07 January 2019)

The graphs, numbers and text don't align. First graph shows a slight Switch lead, but claims a PS4 lead. Numbers say PS4 won over the last 12 months 1.38M, but graph and text actually say Switch won this number over PS4.

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SKMBlake (on 08 January 2019)

Why does it say "PS4 leads" ?

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zogs88 (on 07 January 2019)

i think the "last 12 months gaps "stats is the most significant, cause you see the trend was you compare the same period.

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RolStoppable (on 07 January 2019)

Switch led by ~2m units through the first 12 months. Through 24 months, Switch's lead will be ~4m. It will become hard for the PS4 to keep up once Switch gets revision and price drop to properly address the handheld market.

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ResilientFighter (on 07 January 2019)

Switch will not outsell the ps4 lifetime it will however sell over 60 million easy

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Thanks Wizard. Will you also tell me when the world will end?

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