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Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – October 2019

Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – October 2019 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 November 2019 / 3,948 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: 330,761 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,794,077 – Switch

Total Lead: 641,721 – PS4

Switch Total Sales: 40,736,064

PS4 Total Sales: 41,377,785

October 2019 is the 32nd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 330,761 units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 1.79 million units. The PlayStation 4 is currently ahead of the Switch by 641,721 units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 40.74 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 41.38 million units during the same timeframe.

The 32nd month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is October  2019, while for the PlayStation 4 it is June 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 18 November 2019)

PS4 only has a 640k lead and we haven't even entered Nov-Dec yet. You can also compare month 32 and month 20 (12 months prior) to see that Switch is competing a lot better against the PS4 vs. the same time last year. There is a decent possibility that red Switch curve will cross above the blue PS4 curve and then they never cross back. Switch is in a very good position to take a permanent lead.

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Mnementh The_Liquid_Laser (on 18 November 2019)

If Switch keeps up this uptick in momentum in the new year, then it may have built a lead as PS4 reaches it#s next holiday, so Switch stays atop. May be close though. We'll see.

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The_Liquid_Laser The_Liquid_Laser (on 18 November 2019)

I definitely think it will be close during the next several months, whether Switch takes a permanent lead or not. It basically needs to make it past month 38, which I believe is December for the PS4.

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JWeinCom The_Liquid_Laser (on 19 November 2019)

I can't really see the switch maintaining the lead permanently. Pokemon and Animal crossing will definitely keep it ahead for the next year, but I can't see the Switch being supported for as long as the PS4 was, in the wake of a new gen of consoles coming out.

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Mnementh The_Liquid_Laser (on 19 November 2019)

Long term is a different question. I can see it as possible that Switch sprints ahead for now. Long term development depends on how the Switch stays afloat, once the next generation of competitors consoles are out (PS5 and Scarlett). So the interesting thing will be how momentum develops 2021. So far Switch is the home console experience on the go. With the new gen the understanding of home console experience may evolve. That may affect the sales, but Nintendo could reposition the Switch (which possibly already happened with the Lite), as a mobile console and the second half of it's life Switch follows the 3DS. If that transition happens, I can see Switch outselling Wii and PS4.

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RolStoppable The_Liquid_Laser (on 19 November 2019)

Mnementh, what you say doesn't make sense. The current understanding of Switch is definitely not "home console experience on the go" relative to PS and Xbox consoles, simply because there are far too many PS and Xbox AAA third party games that aren't available on Switch. But you say it as if Switch is seen as the PS and Xbox experience on the go and then proceed to be concerned about the influence that the PS5 and Scarlett can have. But those consoles aren't going to make a difference. The vast majority of the important PS and Xbox games won't be on Switch, so it's the same situation as it already is and has been since Switch's launch.

It's not the third party support that will determine how far Switch can go, because there won't be any dramatic changes in the next several years. AAA games won't come, Japanese support will remain strong because the PS5 won't be able to make any convincing arguments to the contrary, indies will stay on board because their games have routinely sold much better on Switch than on other consoles.

The key is how long Nintendo will stick with Switch. If they go stupid and rush out a new console, then that's just about the only way how Switch can end up selling less than the PS4 lifetime. There's no need to rush because Switch's value proposition isn't going to be challenged. Said value proposition isn't "home console experience on the go", it's "you only need one convenient device to play your games anytime, anywhere."

Given how many games are made for Switch, including plenty of quality titles on all levels, people should take a look at the PS4 vs. DS gap chart to get a glimpse of Switch's longevity. Way too many people buy into the simple-minded thinking that Switch can't have the longevity of the PS4 because it's a Nintendo console, but if people actually looked at the health of the software pipeline and knew what it did for the DS, then their conclusions would be very different.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 18 November 2019)

Now it will be really interesting if after it's next holiday season the PS4 will be able to regain the lead or not. Really a close duel so far.

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javi741 (on 18 November 2019)

Even though the PS4 has a slight lead over the Switch by less than 1 million after 32 months. The Switch's sales are likely better because the PS4 had 3 Holiday seasons over 32 months while the Switch only had 2 holiday seasons but the Switch is still barely behind the PS4, after the 2019 holiday season for the Switch occurs the Switch will probably have a pretty big lead on the PS4 in sales. Which is impressive since the PS4 is so far the fastest selling game system in history and the Switch is still more popular than it. I see the Switch surpassing 100 million cause of this.

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Amnesia javi741 (on 18 November 2019)

It is NOT 3 holidays seasons, it has never been for any consoles launched before Christmas, 2,5 holidays seasons eventually, but definitely not 3 whole.

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Amnesia javi741 (on 18 November 2019)

I am sorry I see 2 Christmas boost for the PS4 on this graph, not 3.

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Eagle367 javi741 (on 18 November 2019)

Funny cause I see 3 @Amnesia

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siebensus4 javi741 (on 18 November 2019)

Actually the Wii is the fastest selling game system in history until month 65. In month 32 the Wii has sold about 50M units, while the PS4 has sold about 42M.

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tripenfall (on 19 November 2019)

This is neck and neck and let's face it, the Switch will power into the lead in the next couple of months. I do however doubt it can hold that lead long term. The PS4 has such long legs and still sells well to this day it will be hard to beat...

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javi741 tripenfall (on 19 November 2019)

True, but once the PS5 and Xbox 2 come out Switch will by far be the cheaper option making it easy for people to purchase one as an impulse buy

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