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Year on Year Sales & Market Share Charts - December 15, 2018

Year on Year Sales & Market Share Charts - December 15, 2018 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 January 2019 / 3,592 Views

Here we see data representing the global sales through to consumers and change in sales performance of the four home consoles and four handhelds over comparable periods for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.  Also shown is the market share for each of the consoles over the same periods.

Year to Date Sales Comparison (Same Periods Covered)



Market Share (Same Periods Covered)


2015 – (Week ending January 10 to December 19)

2016 – (Week ending January 9 to December 17)

2017 – (Week ending January 7 to December 16)

2018 – (Week ending January 6 to December 15)

Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year


"Year to date" sales for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2018 versus 2017 and 2018 versus 2016 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.


  • Xbox One – Down Year-on-Year 337,316 (-4.7%)


  • Nintendo Switch - Up Year-on-Year 3,019,220 (26.7%)
  • Nintendo 3DS – Down Year-on-Year 3,039,080 (-48.5%)


  • PlayStation 4 – Down Year-on-Year 2,217,095 (-11.8%)
  • PlayStation Vita – Down Year-on-Year 481,839 (-69.1%)

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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SuperNintend0rk (on 10 January 2019)

There's only a 6% gap between Switch and PS4 market share this year! I bet it'll get even smaller in the next 2 weeks.

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Eagle367 SuperNintend0rk (on 10 January 2019)

I think the switch will have a higher marketshare and nevr look back in that regard. SInce 2018 was surely the 2nd best year for ps4 while for switch, it will most liek;ly end up being the 3rd or 4th best year. Definitely 20mil+ next year for switch

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SuperNintend0rk SuperNintend0rk (on 10 January 2019)

Yeah the PS4 has definitely peaked whereas the Switch is just getting started!

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ResilientFighter SuperNintend0rk (on 10 January 2019)

too bad switch will never outsell the ps4 or reach 90 million

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SuperNintend0rk SuperNintend0rk (on 11 January 2019)

Too bad you can't actually predict the future

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ResilientFighter SuperNintend0rk (on 11 January 2019)

So you think you can predict the future, if you actually truly believe the Nintendo switch will outsell the PlayStation 4 lifetime all I can say is you have a little too much wishful thinking. I on both consoles I love them but I'm realistic the PlayStation 4 is the winner of this gen there is not a thing Nintendo can do to get the switch to beat PlayStation this generation

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SuperNintend0rk SuperNintend0rk (on 11 January 2019)

I doubt the Switch will outsell the PS4 although it's not impossible. I do think it has a pretty good chance of hitting 90 million though.

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ResilientFighter SuperNintend0rk (on 11 January 2019)

i like Nintendo but its fanbase is frequently too biased and predicting things based on personal emotion instead of real economics you learn getting a degree. for the switch to sell 90 million 2 things need to happen. the next gen doesn't release ps5 and xbox 3 until 2023 and the switch is the only system sold by Nintendo until December 2022. these thing will not happen. the ps4 is selling close to 20 million consoles every year since 2014 what makes you think in 2019 and 2020 its going to drop dead and never reach 110 million total or more? you understand Playstation has exclusive titles coming in the future that will sell ps4 pros also the price to 250 for the pro hasnt happened so it could potentially boost sales back close to 20 million a year when that time comes. unless the switch price cuts to 250 or 200 it will not be selling 20 million in 2019.

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ResilientFighter SuperNintend0rk (on 11 January 2019)

since the next xbox and Playstation will release around 2020 or 2021 it will not allow the switch to just run up to 90 million so Nintendo will be forced to make a new console to compete. the wii U is the current gen but it was so outdated and unappealing there wishful thinking that it would pick up in sales after the best titles released failed them. the switch won't reach 90 million with smash bro pokemon botw mario etc alone it no longer has that lets get every possible person with hands to play like the wii did it also is not cheap and the switch tax on games is high. be realistic and understand saturstion is happening to ps4 and Xbox now but that because its been close to 6 years on the market and the switch will also suffer Saturation but sooner since the next gen of gaming is so close and that will hurt Nintendo if they just stay underpowered

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SuperNintend0rk SuperNintend0rk (on 12 January 2019)

The Wii and PS2 (to a lesser extent) were underpowered compared to their competitors and both sold over 100 million units. It depends if/when Nintendo releases a Switch Pro and/or Lite and how much they manage to drop the price over time. The Switch is also a hybrid console that basically has a monopoly over the handheld market now and isn't directly competing with dedicated consoles anyway.

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ResilientFighter SuperNintend0rk (on 12 January 2019)

if you aim to stay biased with nintendo it will be really funny when the switch doesn't beat the ps4 in lifetime sales or reach 90 million maybe then you will learn to be more realistic.

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Eagle367 SuperNintend0rk (on 13 January 2019)

SO you think that even though switch is outpacing PS4 right now and will probably sell 20mil+ next year, it has no chance of hitting 90mil? Like no chance? ANd the fact that new releases of other consoles don't really affect the sales of whatever console is there beforehand since the appeal is different. Just like how switch coming out didn't really decrease PS4 or xbone sales. Will the switch stop being the only hybrid when ps5 or nextbox come? Most probably not. Will Nintnedo first party games disappear? Hell no. Will nintendo not make new first party games for the switch once PS5 is out? Hell no. Will japanese third parties stop supporting switch once ps5 is out? Hell no. Will indies stop supporting switch after ps5 is out? Hell No. Will Ninty not release a mid gen upgrade like ps4 pro and new 3ds? Most likely they will. The switch pro or whatevr it's called is coming most likely. So What in the hell makes you think there is NO CHANCE that the switch reaches 90mil? At the very least be a little bit more honest and say there is less chance of that happening than not. Though most likely reading the market the opposite is in fact true. No console falls off a cliff. The trend is set and the stakes are down and Nintendo would have to screw up royally to not reach that landmark. The only reason I think the ps4 will stills ell more? The insane legs the PS consoles have. Though Nintendo handheld legs are no joke as well and switch is kinda an anomaly. Regardless the switch's life will be much more successful and interesting than you think or pretend to think.

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siebensus4 (on 10 January 2019)

Switch 3M up, 3DS 3M down. I wonder how this effects Nintendo's profits this fiscal year.

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AngryLittleAlchemist siebensus4 (on 10 January 2019)

I mean, the Switch is $300 and has software that's almost twice the price of 3DS'

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Eagle367 siebensus4 (on 13 January 2019)

And the fact that switch software has been insane in a way

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