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NPD: Switch is 4th Fastest-Selling Console in the US, PS4 is 3rd and Xbox One is 5th

NPD: Switch is 4th Fastest-Selling Console in the US, PS4 is 3rd and Xbox One is 5th - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 August 2019 / 8,537 Views

NPD analyst Mat Piscatella has revealed via Twitter the Nintendo Switch after 28 months on sales is the fourth best-selling console in the US when you align launches. It is behind the Wii, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 after 68 months is the third best-selling console in the US when you align launches, with sales behind the Wii and PlayStation 2. Also after 68 months the Xbox 360 and Xbox One are fourth and fifth, respectively. 

Piscatella does add that aligned launches doesn't tell the entire picture as the Xbox 360 ended up outselling the Wii and is the second best-selling console in the US, behind the PlayStation 2.


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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Shadow1980 (on 27 July 2019)

How about some actual numbers? Remember when NPD used to give us hardware sales for free?

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VAMatt (on 27 July 2019)

Just a few years ago, people were talking about the end of console gaming.....

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zorg1000 (on 27 July 2019)

After 28 months
PS4-~13 million
XBO-~11.5 million

We haven't gotten leaks for Switch last month but it was ~12 million after 27 months

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zygote (on 27 July 2019)

28 months. That means 4 months over 2 years. That would give those other consoles their launch window period of the next year included, which were holidays. So Switch is lacking a holiday period in the numbers since its extra 4 months was in the spring. He should have just cut it off at 24 months to be fair.

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GProgrammer (on 27 July 2019)

So the switch is slowing down?
"According to the NPD Group, Nintendo's handheld hybrid console sold more than 8.7 million devices in the United States in its first 21 months of release, beating out rivals PS4 and Xbox One during the same period after their respective releases"

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curl-6 GProgrammer (on 27 July 2019)

No, it's that by this point PS4 and Xbone had had 3 holiday seasons while Switch has had 2 due to their asynchronous launches

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 26 July 2019)

So Switch and 360 both on the 4th spot???

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Replicant Bofferbrauer2 (on 26 July 2019)

I had to re-read as well. Switch is 4th in 28 months while 360 is 4th in 68 months.

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Bofferbrauer2 Bofferbrauer2 (on 26 July 2019)

Ah, yeah, that's more clear now, thanks

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trunkswd Bofferbrauer2 (on 26 July 2019)

I've updated the article to hopefully make it a little more clear.

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Radek Bofferbrauer2 (on 27 July 2019)

Xbox 360 is #2 almost 50 millions in NA, a beast tbh.

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Ryng Bofferbrauer2 (on 29 July 2019)

We are are talking about the first 27 months.
Switch is well over 12 million, PS4 was at 12.64 million and XB1 was at 11.25 million (But XB1 and PS4 had 3 holidays VS Switch only having 2). 360 was at 9.38 million.

Now XB1 is at 25.22m VS 360 at 27.34m in the first 67 months.

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aris4me (on 27 July 2019)

Viva Switch <3 I love my switch and its great all growing gaming library <3 Switch is a BEAST!

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siebensus4 (on 27 July 2019)

Well, in week 99 the Switch was ahead of PS4 launch aligned It depends on when you look at the numbers... To make a line in month 28 is not fair, since one console launched in November and the other in March.

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pokoko (on 26 July 2019)

I understand that the layout reflects the order of his tweets but the headline is still kind of funny--"RUNNER Y RECORDS 4TH FASTEST TIME. Also of note, Runner X records 3rd fastest time."

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Mnementh pokoko (on 27 July 2019)

For runner X it is a past accomplishment, PS4 is further into it's life. The Switch is the news, as it reached it's 28 month mark.

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siebensus4 (on 27 July 2019)

In week 99 the Switch was 3M ahead of PS4 launch aligned. It depends on which time you look at the numbers. Month 28 is pretty unfair since one console launched in November and the other in March which results in different cycles when the holiday season hits. To make a line after 24 months would have been much more fair.

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yo33331 (on 26 July 2019)

will the ps4 vs xbox 360 US be updated ?

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chokingvictim2 (on 27 July 2019)

When you present the Xbox 360 numbers like this, it makes it look like it was the second best selling console of all time, but it's only the US market. 360 ended up getting beat worldwide by the PS3 by almost 2.5 million units.

US market isn't the only one that matters...

Context is important...

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Mnementh chokingvictim2 (on 27 July 2019)

NPD only tracks american market.

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VAMatt chokingvictim2 (on 27 July 2019)

Context seems pretty clear, considering its in the title, and mentioned in the tweets.

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reptile168 chokingvictim2 (on 29 July 2019)

chokingvictim2 is right. It's very misleading! The (not enough at all) 10 times "US" has been used in this page should be replaced by "United States of America". It would clarify for everyone like chokingvictime2

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