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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 January 2020 / 4,016 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: 1,602,229 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,057,868 – Switch

Total Lead: 2,886,453 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 17,330,261

PS4 Total Sales: 14,443,808

In December 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 1.60 million more units than the PlayStation 4 in the last month and 1.06 million more units in the last 12 months.  The Switch currently leads by 2.89 million 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 17.33 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 14.44 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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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9 Comments
JWeinCom (on 18 January 2020)

I believe the chart is mislabeled.

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Alistair JWeinCom (on 19 January 2020)

yes it is still not fixed, rather obviously after that last christmas, the Switch is far in the lead (and the ps4 never sold that well in the U.S. anyways)

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HylianSwordsman JWeinCom (on 19 January 2020)

They always word the titles of these charts kind of weirdly. There's a positive and a negative, but the negative isn't negative for what the title is. Even if we were still in October and PS4 were in the lead, the title would still be wrong, because it would show the "PS4 lead" as a negative number. The chart should ALWAYS say "Switch Lead" because positive numbers correspond to a Switch lead and negative numbers correspond to Switch being behind by that amount.

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Nu-13 (on 18 January 2020)

By the end of january, switch will already match ps4's numbers from 2 and a half months later.

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HylianSwordsman Nu-13 (on 19 January 2020)

Switch's March will match the PS4's November. So PS4's December is April, 3 months ahead of January. By that time PS4 will have 17.8 million at most. End of January is 3 more sales for Switch, and adding the equivalent weeks of last year would put Switch at 17.75 million, but obviously this year's sales will put it above that. I think Switch will actually sell more by the end of January than PS4 will through its entire holiday season to the new year, a full 3 months ahead, and PS4's best 3 months at that.

That means whatever Switch sells in the US in February, March, and April, will be where the Switch's new lead will settle at, and the gap will probably never close again. PS4 already peaked in the USA a year ago, though its second, lower peak (its PS4 Pro peak if you will) is this year, a mere 180k above this past year. If Switch peaks in the US this year, it'll probably sell at least 8+ million, so the gap will start to get huge. Like, as huge as it is now, even after a PS4 holiday. Even if the new consoles start a DS or Wii style decline for the Switch, with PS4's decline having already begun it won't halt Switch's climbing lead until 2023 at the earliest.

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Nu-13 Nu-13 (on 19 January 2020)

Switch released 3 years, 3 months and 2 weeks after ps4. Every end of december for ps4 equals the middle of april for the switch when aligned. Just to be precise.

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Ryng (on 19 January 2020)

Yeah, Switch gonna win this easily. PS4 will win worldwide thanks Europe and many other small markets, but Nintendo is very strong in USA.

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yo33331 Ryng (on 19 January 2020)

I agree. It a little early to say that switch will 100% do more lifetime sales than PS4 in US, but it has preety good chance of happening yes. Japan is also switch teritory.

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Eagle367 Ryng (on 20 January 2020)

I actually think the switch has a good chance of selling more than PS4. At the very least, it'll be close. I think this year, switch will gain a lot of support and ground from Europe until ps5 releases and that will help a lot in it overcoming the sales of PS4

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