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Switch vs PS4 in the US – VGChartz Gap Charts – September 2019

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 30 October 2019 / 3,036 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: 258,892 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 326,861 – Switch

Total Lead: 416,333 – PS4

Switch Total Sales: 13,468,458

PS4 Total Sales: 13,884,791

In September 2019 the gap in the US between the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 grew in favor of the Switch when you align launches. The Switch sold 258,892 more units than the PlayStation 4 in the last month and 326,861 more units in the last 12 months.  The PlayStation 4 currently leads by 416,333 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 13.47 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 13.88 million units during the same timeframe.

The 31st month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is September 2019, while for the PlayStation 4 it is May 2016.

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 30 October 2019)

Switch is making gains on PS4, and we aren't even to the holiday quarter yet. It is very likely that the "double helix" will end after the holiday quarter with Switch permanently being on top.

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HylianSwordsman (on 30 October 2019)

Woah, the climb started in August, and is only accelerating. Switch might totally crush it this holiday.

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INCITATUSBR (on 30 October 2019)

selling more hardware doesn't mean exactly more money for the company (software normally is the key)

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Ljink96 INCITATUSBR (on 30 October 2019)

It does if one hardware is being sold at a loss and one is being sold at a profit. Most of Nintendo's hardware is sold at a profit, even if it is a slim profit. While it is true, software is where the bulk of the money is made, if you can make a profit on each console sold that's also ideal.

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alan95 INCITATUSBR (on 30 October 2019)

if software is key, then NIntendo got that in the bag too. They always have a few first party games in the top 10 charts every week (some still sold at a high price unlike sony's first party exclusives that usually have a much bigger price sale).
Good on both Nintendo and Sony though :)

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SanAndreasX INCITATUSBR (on 31 October 2019)

Nintendo has never believed in the "razorblade" theory of software sales. They've almost always made hardware that will turn a profit from the outset.

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DialgaMarine (on 30 October 2019)

This is v why I don’t believe Switch will be a 100 million seller. It doesn’t have nearly as much of a presence in the EU markets as PS4, and Japan isn’t enough to balance it out. With PS5 on the horizon, Switch’s sales are bound to be affected, and I can see the device peaking a lot sooner than PS4 did.

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xMetroid DialgaMarine (on 30 October 2019)

It's performing better than the PS4 in the US, it will most likely stay above after this holiday and in Japan it is starting to do incredibly well and that's with Gen 8 and Animal crossing still on the horizon.

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Amnesia DialgaMarine (on 30 October 2019)

I think PS5 can have a failed start, too expensive, and the difference in graphics will be very small at the start with mainly PS4 /PS5 ports and dual design. The first year of the PS5 could have no impact at all on the Switch.

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PAOerfulone DialgaMarine (on 30 October 2019)

The Switch didn't have an affect on PS4 sales, why would the PS5 affect Switch sales?

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RolStoppable DialgaMarine (on 31 October 2019)

The PS4 shipped 47.4m units through its first 12 fiscal quarters (three years). Switch is at 41.67m through 11 fiscal quarters, so it only needs 5.73m in the next quarter to match the PS4. Europe isn't enough for the PS4 to match the advantages that Switch holds in the USA and Japan, but of course graphs like in this article can mislead people because not everyone is aware that it shows three holiday seasons for the PS4, but only two for Switch.

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