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PS4 vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2020

PS4 vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 February 2020 / 2,921 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: 156,857 – DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,594,893 – DS

Total Lead: 34,756,798 - DS

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 106,989,259

DS Total Sales: 141,746,057

January 2020 is the 75th 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 156,857 units and in the last 12 months outsold the PlayStation 4 by 5.59 million units. The Nintendo DS currently leads by 34.76 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 106.99 million units, while the Nintendo DS sold 141.75 million units during the same timeframe.

The 75th month on sale for the PlayStation 4 is January, while for the Nintendo DS it is January 2011.

The Nintendo DS ended up selling 154.02 million units lifetime. The PlayStation 4 needs to sell another 47.03 million units to outsell 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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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8 Comments
Amnesia (on 14 February 2020)

The PS5 will be backward compatible, so it will too much slowdown the sales of the PS4.

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Wman1996 (on 14 February 2020)

The PS4 can't do it. I don't see any hardware ever matching the sales of DS or PS2.

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Chicho Wman1996 (on 14 February 2020)

Some here think the Ps4 can but of course it won't

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Bofferbrauer2 Wman1996 (on 14 February 2020)

Maybe the Switch if it can keep the high sales up for a prolonged time. But I have my doubts on that.

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pikashoe (on 15 February 2020)

The only way I could see the success of the ds or ps2 beaten, is if a console becomes very popular in China, which at the moment doesn't seem very likely.

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HylianSwordsman (on 15 February 2020)

If the PS5 weren't releasing this year, PS4 would probably sell about 10 million this year and begin to close the gap a tiny bit. Since PS5 is releasing this year and is backwards compatible, that should put a dent in what PS4 sales could have been, and it might even come in under 10 million, and the gap might continue to grow. If it doesn't start to shrink soon, PS4 won't even make it to 120 million.

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JWeinCom yo33331 (on 14 February 2020)

PS4 has sold about 104 million in about 6 years, which is obviously very good. But there's no chance it's selling 50% of that post PS5. We can definitely say never on this one.

PS2 did, but that was 20 years ago in a vastly different market. At this point in its life, PS2 had a virtual monopoly over its generation, whereas PS4 is not even the market leader at the present moment. Due to the shape the market was in 20 years ago, the PS2 still had markets to expand to, while I'm pretty sure the PS4 has already launched more or less everywhere it's ever going to. PS4 is on track to hit about somewhere around 10 (worse case scenario) to 14 (best case scenario) million. PS2 didn't fall to those levels until after 2008.

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