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Year on Year Sales & Market Share Charts - February 2, 2019

Year on Year Sales & Market Share Charts - February 2, 2019 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 21 February 2019 / 3,740 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)


2016 – (Week ending January 9 to February 6)

2017 – (Week ending January 7 to February 4)

2018 – (Week ending January 6 to February 3)

2018 – (Week ending January 5 to February 2)

Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year


"Year to date" sales for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2019 versus 2018 and 2018 versus 2017 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.


  • Xbox One – Down Year-on-Year 136,915 (-31.4%)


  • Nintendo Switch - Up Year-on-Year 268,798 (23.4%)
  • Nintendo 3DS – Down Year-on-Year 156,051 (-39.1%)


  • PlayStation 4 – Down Year-on-Year 361,633 (-22.1%)
  • PlayStation Vita – Down Year-on-Year 33,876 (-76.0%)

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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Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 February 2019)

Dat XBO drop, it's like the Wii in 2011

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Rab Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 February 2019)

Not just the XB1

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The_Liquid_Laser (on 21 February 2019)

I know that the 3DS is getting near retirement, but one thing this shows is how it can keep up a solid tail end. It's in it's 8th year now and still doing decently well. Just compare its marketshare with the Vita.

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Mnementh The_Liquid_Laser (on 22 February 2019)

Nah, the marketshare just reflects that Vita is dropping out way harder than the 3DS. I must say, Vita was the only console that really took a hit by the Switch-release. And looking at all the Vita-games co,ming over to Switch the devs seems to think so too.

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The_Liquid_Laser The_Liquid_Laser (on 22 February 2019)

I can't blame them for jumping ship. The Vita didn't really have that big of an install base.

I guess the two go together though. A large install base leads to a long tail end. Both Nintendo and a few third party devs kept supporting the 3DS even after the Switch released. I would expect the Switch to keep getting support after its successor releases too.

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Mnementh The_Liquid_Laser (on 23 February 2019)

First: for the niche games the Vita attracted the install base obviously was big enough, because Vita got these games in the first place. Switch seems to cater this niche well enough, so the support jumps from Vita to Switch.

And the Wii had a large install base, but no long tail end. You may claim Wii is an exception, but there are about 40 consoles at all. With this small dataset in each "exception" to a rule probably means the rule isn't working universally or is outright wrong.

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The_Liquid_Laser The_Liquid_Laser (on 23 February 2019)

Nintendo handhelds always have a long tail end. They get support from both Nintendo and third parties for a long time. There is not an exception to this rule: Nintendo handhelds always have a long tail end.

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Mnementh The_Liquid_Laser (on 24 February 2019)

Well, the dataset for all consoles is pretty small, Nintendo handhelds is even smaller.

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The_Liquid_Laser The_Liquid_Laser (on 24 February 2019)

True enough. The Central Limit Theorem cannot be applied here.

However, Occam's Razor can be applied. Look at all of the data and go with the relatively simple explanation that is most likely to be correct.

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gemini_d@rk (on 21 February 2019)

And think that new consoles only at the end of 2020. It will be painful for Sony and Microsoft to be there.

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CosmicSex gemini_d@rk (on 22 February 2019)

If this is the PS4 End of Life, its is doing very well.

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