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PS4 vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – June 2019 Update

PS4 vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – June 2019 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 August 2019 / 3,863 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.


PlayStation 4 Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 696,252 – DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 8,202,017 – DS

Total Lead: 31,578,940 - DS

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 96,901,137

DS Total Sales: 128,480,077

June 2019 is the 68th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Nintendo DS when compared with the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. The Nintendo DS has grown its lead over the PlayStation 4 by 696,252 units and in the last 12 months outsold the PlayStation 4 by 8.20 million units. The Nintendo DS currently leads by 31.58 million units.

The DS launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan and March 2005 in Europe, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. The PlayStation 4 has sold 96.90 million units, while the Nintendo DS sold 128.48 million units during the same timeframe.

The 68th month on sale for the PlayStation 4 is June 2019, while for the Nintendo DS it is June 2010.

The Nintendo DS ended up selling 154.02 million units lifetime. The PlayStation 4 needs to sell another 57.12 million units to catch up with the Nintendo DS.

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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curl-6 (on 27 July 2019)

Thanks so much, it's great that you guys are so receptive to our feedback and requests.
Interesting to note that PS4 tracked ahead for the first two years.

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DaAndy curl-6 (on 28 July 2019)

The DS has not sold really good at the beginning - it even happened to be a close race between DS and PSP back then. But somewhen a bit later it had changed.

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Chicho curl-6 (on 29 July 2019)

wasnt ds lite released 2 years after the fisrt model

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trunkswd (on 27 July 2019)

As requested in the comments in the Switch vs DS article here is the PS4 vs DS comparison.

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yo33331 (on 28 July 2019)

best case scenario with luck and god's help

  • 2019 - september sony makes price cut to 199$ and PS4 make very strong sales this fall with 17-18M sales for the year, so 110M total.
  • 2020 - is still good strong sales for year 7, PS4 now selling at 199$ and do around 15M for the year (despite launch of PS5) , so this is 125M total
    • 2021 - PS4 makes 12M ( the year after year sales are dropped slightly in my scenario here and are not impossible because of PS2 sales after 2006 they dropped at very small rating they were around 2-3M drop every year until 2010 or 2011) so with 12M in 2021 PS4 is 137M total.
  • 2022 - 2 years in PS5 life so PS4 begin to slow down and sony makes another price cut to 149$ or 129$ in september so with this help PS4 get 8M in the year, so 145M with 2022
  • 2023 - PS4 makes 5M, so 150M total
  • 2024 - sony makes price cut to 99$ (just like PS2 in late 2008) and helps PS4 to make 4M so 154M total.
  • 2025 - PS4 makes 2M, so 156M
  • 2026 - PS4 makes last 1M or 1.5M, 157 to 157.5M
  • 2027 - between 0.5M to 1M, so around 158 to 159/160M
    something like this for best case scenario so it beats DS and is on par with ps2 or beat it barely. Again you may not believe this sales after 2020 but see PS2, PS2 was selling between 7 and 15M after 2006 every year until 2011-2012 when dropped to 3-5M or something like this. and this is the best case scenario with luck and help of god.

    normal realistic case scenario:

  • 2019 - price cut in september to 199$, 16M for the year, so 107/108M
  • 2020 - 12M so 120M total
  • 2021 - 8M so 128M total
  • 2022 - price cut to 149$/129$ help PS4 make 6M so 134M total
  • 2023 - 4M, so 138M total
  • 2024 - 2M, 140M
    this is normal realistic scenario that can happen and is probably the most possible between the 3.

    worst case scenario without luck and god's help

  • 2019 - no price cut so 14M, total 105M
  • 2020 - price cut to 249$ (official MSRP now is 299$ so with the deals will be 199$) so 10M/12M, 115/117M in total
  • 2021 - 6 - 8M, so 120-125M total
  • 2022 - 3M, 123-128M total
  • 2023 - 0.5M - 1M, so around 125 to 130M total lifetime
    this is worst case scenario so even with worst case scenario PS4 will still be in 3rd place, after DS and PS2 and still with very good numbers, above 120M lifetime, and it will pass the gameboy at 118M.

    these are my predictions.

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super_etecoon (on 28 July 2019)

Great graph and super fast response to a user request. I do think that your title for the second graph needs an edit, though.

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yo33331 (on 29 July 2019)

the second chart is mistaken in the title, it says ps4 vs xbox 360 in US :D

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yo33331 (on 29 July 2019)

so 2010 is 20m for DS, but 2011,2012,2013 are 9, 3, and 1M respectively, so the next 3 to 5 years that PS4 is on the market, starting with next year will take from the DS lead with two hands, next year PS4 will be way above 9M and after this also way above 3 and 1M

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PAOerfulone (on 27 July 2019)

This one's not gonna last long.

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siebensus4 (on 28 July 2019)

And here we see the future of the NSW vs DS comparison ^^

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yo33331 siebensus4 (on 28 July 2019)

also the somewhat chart of ps2 vs ps4 comparison

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Mnementh siebensus4 (on 28 July 2019)

This is exactly what I thought. The Switch is at the 28 month mark now, and in that comparison the DS recently took over the lead. So very similar.

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The_Liquid_Laser siebensus4 (on 29 July 2019)

I wouldn't be too sure of that if I were you. One should expect the Switch to keep pace with the DS going forward.

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Eagle367 siebensus4 (on 30 July 2019)

Unless the switch lite and Pokemon and animal Crossing somehow really light the fire for switch and it explodes. You never know but I hope the switch crosses the PS4 in the end.

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Eagle367 siebensus4 (on 30 July 2019)

Unless the switch lite and Pokemon and animal Crossing somehow really light the fire for switch and it explodes. You never know but I hope the switch crosses the PS4 in the end.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 27 July 2019)

Wow, those holiday spikes are so small, they're almost nonexistant

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