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Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2019

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 January 2020 / 3,615 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: 4,310,904 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,765,954 – Switch

Total Lead: 6,950,987 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 49,808,000

PS4 Total Sales: 42,857,013

December 2019 is the 34th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 4.31 million units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 2.77 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 6.95 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 49.81 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 42.86 million units during the same timeframe.

The 34th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is December 2019, while for the PlayStation 4 it is August 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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DaAndy (on 16 January 2020)

PS4 will get to 53.5 Million units by the end of 2016. Switch needs 3.7 Million units from January 2020 to April 2020 to keep the lead. Thats possible. So I think Switch will be ahead for a longer time now.

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Nu-13 DaAndy (on 16 January 2020)

from january to mid april.

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Kristof81 DaAndy (on 17 January 2020)

So Switch needs roughly 300k per week. Last year it was 250k. Could happen.

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zorg1000 (on 16 January 2020)

Switch needs to average a little under 1 million/month for the next 4 months to stay ahead of PS4s 2016 holiday boost.

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The_Liquid_Laser (on 16 January 2020)

This is very likely the end of the double helix. Switch will probably stay above the PS4 instead of the annual criss-crossing.

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Nu-13 The_Liquid_Laser (on 16 January 2020)

Unless a meteor or apocalypse destroys nintendo's inventory, it's guaranteed to stay ahead afer the ps4's holidays 2016.

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icykai (on 16 January 2020)

Now it's only a matter of who has the longer legs.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 16 January 2020)

Almost 7M lead, that's gonna be difficult to beat even for the PS4

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pikashoe (on 17 January 2020)

The cliff will arrive any day now.

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Amnesia (on 16 January 2020)

You knew we were waiting for this one didn't you...

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peachbuggy (on 16 January 2020)

Been waiting for this 1. Incredible acceleration by the Switch! Now we just have to wait a few months to see if Switch can keep its lead this time. With new horizons on the horizon (pun intended), I think it can, just!

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Nu-13 peachbuggy (on 16 January 2020)

All it takes is a look at sales to see that the switch will for sure be confortably ahead after the next 3.5 months.

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Chicho (on 16 January 2020)

This is the biggest gap so far, when is the next cross

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curl-6 (on 16 January 2020)

This is getting really interesting, I never expected Switch would give PS4 such a strong fight.

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yo33331 (on 16 January 2020)

However 2017 and 2018 were the strongest years for PS4, can switch sustain level around 20M in the next 2 years and a half ?

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Nu-13 yo33331 (on 16 January 2020)

The switch will increase a lot in 2020 and still be around/above ps4's peak in 2021.

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yo33331 yo33331 (on 16 January 2020)

PS4 peak was 20.2M. I am not sure if switch can reach this number in 2021.. And I am not sure if PS5 and XSX will affect the sales of switch

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Nu-13 yo33331 (on 16 January 2020)

I am sure of yes and no respectively.

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yo33331 yo33331 (on 16 January 2020)

we will see

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JWeinCom (on 16 January 2020)

I'm still thinking PS4 will win in the long run, but I'm pleasantly surprised that it's even competitive. I honestly didn't see the Switch doing this well when it was announced. On the other hand, I thought the Wii U would do really well, so what do I know.

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RolStoppable JWeinCom (on 16 January 2020)

Indeed, what do you know. Instead of Sam Darnold leading the Jets to a Super Bowl, he was flailing with his arms on Monday Night Football and saying that he's seeing ghosts.

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JWeinCom JWeinCom (on 16 January 2020)

The ghosts are actually visions of where the defenders will be. Once he learns to harness his psychic powers he will be unstoppable.

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kopstudent89 (on 17 January 2020)

Here are my key takeouts:

  1. The 7m lead mostly comes down to its sales numbers in Japan. It is leading in the US (marginally) but lags and will most probably continue to lag in the EU.

  2. That said the Switch has recently been showing some good signs of high demand, with recent UK sellouts, and some good consistent numbers in some main markets like France. Question is if it can do a DS and spread that influence elsewhere in Europe?

  3. The Switch has already sold 11m+ in Japan. This might be the last big selling year for Switch in Japan before it enters saturation and then that's where the PS4 legs will start to show. Sony has a global appeal that Nintendo has historically struggled to compete with and while the Switch is definitely popular, it still lags the PS4 in these markets. It recently launched in China and that's one market to watch.

  4. I think by the end of the gen, the Switch will outsell the PS4 comfortably in Japan, have a good lead in the US but lag in EU and rest of the world. Its US + Japan lead will need to offset the others. It's clear that the Switch is approaching 20m ltd in Japan, but where it ends up in the US will determine its final ranking. US market has always rewarded Nintendo handhelds so I can see 40m within reach.
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xMetroid kopstudent89 (on 17 January 2020)

Cause Switch isn't global ? Wii and DS weren't global ? Switch is doing better each year in Europe and it will maybe help for great legs since maybe it will peak later there than other places. In France it is completely dominating and doing way better in UK and Spain. Switch is not even half of what 3DS did in Japan so why would it be close to reaching saturation since it could always surpass it in the long run who knows. Switch is also doing better than PS4 in the US and is projected to take over China by 2023. The argument of it having only Japan and US is over now. Sure it's not as strong as Europe but still strong enough to surpass it WW, to me this is proving the Switch is more Global.

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