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Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2019 Update

Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2019 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 May 2019 / 6,414 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: 2,255,906 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,190,293 – Switch

Total Lead: 1,584,724 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 32,937,511

PS4 Total Sales: 31,352,787

March 2019 is the 25th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 during the same time frame by 2.26 million units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 1.19 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 1.58 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 32.94 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 31.35 million units during the same timeframe.

The 25th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is March 2019, while for the PlayStation 4 it is November 2015.

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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The_Liquid_Laser (on 29 April 2019)

Both consoles are obviously trading the lead, but if you look carefully the Switch is gradually gaining ground over the PS4. The Switch peak at month 10 is less than 3 million. A year later the peak is over 4 million. Switch is starting out at PS4 levels, but it is gradually getting even better than the PS4's sales.

And yes, the Switch will have a long and healthy tail end just like every Nintendo handheld does.

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Amnesia The_Liquid_Laser (on 29 April 2019)

Interesting...I forgot that about the handheld. But the Switch is also a home console, and in 2021, next to the PS5 the Switch will be technically 2 gen behind.

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Switch is both a home console and a handheld. It has all of the advantages of Nintendo's handheld line while having the power of a home console. It's kind of the best of both worlds.

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Azuren The_Liquid_Laser (on 01 May 2019)

Switch is advertised explicitly as a hybrid, not one or the other.

If we're honest with ourselves, though, we can examine it for what it is: an immensely powerful handheld designed to accommodate multiplayer and dock into a TV.

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Azuren (on 01 May 2019)

This race is gonna boil down to "How long can the Switch maintain relevance after Gen 9 starts?" The gap in performance is already massive... I can't imagine what that gap will look like after PS4 and the next Xbox launch (assuming there is another Xbox, of course).

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Azuren Azuren (on 01 May 2019)

I meant PS5, phone autocorrected. Don't crucify me.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 30 April 2019)

If Switch can keep up those 200k+ per weeks, then it will shorten the gap again after the holidays. PS4 had some severe drops to 150k and had problems reaching 200k weekly sales throughout spring/summer 2016. And it needs to, considering how seriously the sales ramp up starting mid September (a jump to 300k+ weekly from then on), which, even with all the announced releases, will be hard to counter.

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zamieh (on 29 April 2019)

Took the switch roughly 9,5 months to catch up with the PS4 after the first PS4-holiday, about 9 months after the second. The switch had the lead for almost 4 months last year and is on pace for 4,5-5 months this year. Nothing crazy but there is a trend that is in favor of NS right now. Doubt it will ever pass the PS4 though.

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Megiddo (on 30 April 2019)

Very very close up till now.

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Amnesia (on 29 April 2019)

Within 1 year, my projection for the Switch jumped from 65M to 100M. The PS4 will go back above with a smaller margin next month, but the Switch won't have the same legs in 3 years.

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