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Switch vs PS4 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – May 2019 Update

Switch vs PS4 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – May 2019 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 July 2019 / 2,864 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 Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 121,509 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,472,040 - Switch

Total Lead: 65,180 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 8,187,707

PS4 Total Sales: 8,122,527

May 2019 is the 27th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Japan. During the latest month the Nintendo Switch has surpassed the sales of the PlayStation 4. The Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 by 121,509 units in the last month and by 2.47 million units in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 65,180 units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in February 2014 in Japan, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. The Switch has sold 8.19 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 8.12 million units.


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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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14 Comments
Bofferbrauer2 (on 09 July 2019)

It is done.

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OTBWY Bofferbrauer2 (on 09 July 2019)

It was done before it was done.

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PAOerfulone (on 09 July 2019)

And there it is!
Adios PS4.
Now let's move on to bigger targets.
PSP, and 3DS comparisons when?

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yo33331 PAOerfulone (on 09 July 2019)

let's move on to bigger targets, PS2 ?

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PAOerfulone PAOerfulone (on 09 July 2019)

I'm not sure if there is data on the PS2 in Japan. Not on VGC the last I checked. Hence why I went with the PSP and 3DS instead.

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RolStoppable PAOerfulone (on 10 July 2019)

The PS2 launched on March 4th 2000 in Japan, so that allows for a perfect alignment with Switch which launched on March 3rd 2017. According to Famitsu:

http://garaph.info/weeklyoverview.php?week=2002-07-08

Switch - 8.448.925
PS2 - 8.533.724

The difference is less than 100k units at the same point in their life.

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RolStoppable PAOerfulone (on 10 July 2019)

The damn comments section has something against links. Maybe my earlier submission pops up at some point because it has happened before.

In any case, what I was saying is that the PS2 and Switch can be perfectly aligned due to their launch dates and that the two consoles are within 100k units at this point of their life; the PS2 currently leads.

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RolStoppable PAOerfulone (on 11 July 2019)

Checked back today to see if my ghost comment from yesterday popped up, and yes, it did. This website's code is an enigma.

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Amnesia (on 09 July 2019)

The Switch might actually double the PS4 in Japan.

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The_Liquid_Laser Amnesia (on 09 July 2019)

Double is easy. It will likely do at least triple.

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Bofferbrauer2 Amnesia (on 09 July 2019)

Doubling the PS4 sales in Japan is pretty much a given now. The question is more, if it can triple that, which would put it close to DS and 3DS in Japan.

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Bofferbrauer2 Amnesia (on 09 July 2019)

(wish I could edit!) 3DS sold about 25M until now, and the DS sits at 33M. I expect the Switch to land somewhere in between those two.

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Barkley Amnesia (on 10 July 2019)

It should do, Even the 3ds managed to double the Wii. Handhelds dominate in Japan.

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HylianSwordsman (on 09 July 2019)

Yay! It happened!

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