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Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – January 2020

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 February 2020 / 3,694 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: 288,621 – Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,411,053 – Switch

Total Lead: 6,235,778 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 50,512,696

PS4 Total Sales: 44,276,918

January 2020 is the 35th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 288,621 units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 2.41 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 6.24 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 50/51 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 44.28 million units during the same timeframe.

The 35th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is January 2020, while for the PlayStation 4 it is September 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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15 Comments
Kristof81 (on 15 February 2020)

Even if Switch falls behind PS4 in next 10 weeks or so, the gap won’t be that big and it won’t take long to regain the lead.

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Nu-13 (on 15 February 2020)

Switch needs 2.5m over the next 2 and a half months to stay ahead of the ps4 after it's december 2016.

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Nu-13 Nu-13 (on 15 February 2020)

Correction, 3 million.

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icykai Nu-13 (on 15 February 2020)

It'll need a 380k baseline to make that possible. Though animal crossing might push it hard.

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Bofferbrauer2 Nu-13 (on 15 February 2020)

Unless the shortages due to the Coronavirus become too strong or lasting too long, I think Switch can has a good shot to reach that goal.

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Nu-13 Nu-13 (on 15 February 2020)

icykai, 3m in 2.5 months equals a 300k baseline. It's already managing that and the last 4 weeks will be boosted by animal crossing.

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icykai Nu-13 (on 15 February 2020)

Don't know how i read that as 2 months only. My bad.

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HylianSwordsman Nu-13 (on 15 February 2020)

Not impossible, but not easy either, it'll need Animal Crossing to really take off. So far things look good for that.

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Podings Nu-13 (on 15 February 2020)

If Pokémon, Animal Crossing, and the second Fighter Pass for Smash Bros. can make it happen, nothing could. A big factor is also whether Nintendo is able to actually have enough systems on shelves, of course.

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Ryng (on 16 February 2020)

PS4 4th year (2017) was 20.2 million. That's a rough one to beat but Switch can definitively do it, 2019 was already very close.

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DialgaMarine (on 15 February 2020)

Glad to see both consoles doing well in their own way, and I hope PS5 continues this huge success. Both companies are now proven quality games makers, and both deserve their high sales.

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Ryng DialgaMarine (on 16 February 2020)

Yeah honestly that's what really matter, both console have an amazing successfull story

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Eagle367 (on 17 February 2020)

The helix has been broken my friends. For the first time, switch in January has sold more than PS4 in September

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curl-6 (on 15 February 2020)

Thread update? :)

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Blood_Tears (on 15 February 2020)

The 300k weekly is because Japan is rushing to buy it before they can't due to the shortages. Even the vgchartz staff have said this. The 300k weekly number is not guaranteed.

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