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Switch vs PS4 in the US – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2019 Update

Switch vs PS4 in the US – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2019 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 March 2019 / 3,263 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 US:

Gap change in latest month: 29,289 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,224,529 – Switch

Total Lead: 1,754,296 – Switch

Switch Total Sales: 10,770,964

PS4 Total Sales: 9,016,668

In January 2019 the gap in the US between the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 grew in favor of the Switch when you align launches. The PlayStation 4 sold 29.289 more units than the Nintendo Switch in the last month.  However, the Switch has sold 1.22 million more units in the last year.  The Switch currently leads by 1.75 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in the US on November 15, 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched on March 3, 2017. The Switch has sold 10.77 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 9.02 million units during the same timeframe.

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 12 March 2019)

The lead is bigger than the last drop. Will the Switch stay in front after the PS4 got it's next holiday season? Stay tuned!

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thomas995 (on 11 March 2019)

Hopefully sales for Switch don't become front-loaded like the Wii...

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DialgaMarine thomas995 (on 11 March 2019)

That all depends on what Nintendo has in store after Pokémon Sword & Shield. I knows there’s games like MP4, and such, but if the first party releases are front loaded like they typically are for Nintendo systems, then the sales will front loaded too.

Nintendo also has PS5 and NextBox to consider as well.

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Ljink96 thomas995 (on 11 March 2019)

The difference will be however, is that they're focusing on 1 device now like Sony and Microsoft have been doing for years. So Nintendo will be able to support the Switch with software well into its final years of being Nintendo's flagship console.

We honestly haven't scratched the surface of the Software Output Nintendo will be able to achieve due to their software teams merging. This won't be front loaded like the WIi, this is essentially a handheld device that's getting support similar to the 3DS but even more so.

Switch has also yet to see any sort of traditional full scale price drop of any kind. We'll see what it's really made of probably by the end of year 4. What the Switch is showing is momentum equal if not surpassing the PS4 and again, Nintendo's heaviest hitters have arguably not hit the system just yet. This is in itself an entirely different situation than the Wii was in.

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CaptainExplosion thomas995 (on 11 March 2019)


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