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Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 May 2020 / 3,814 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.

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.

Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 2,967,451 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 4,444,576 – Switch

Total Lead: 2,037,346 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 55,757,445

PS4 Total Sales: 53,720,099

April 2020 is the 38th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 by 2.97 million units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 4.44 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 2.04 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

The 38th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is April 2020, while for the PlayStation 4 it is December 2016. The Switch has sold 55.76 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 53.72 million units during the same timeframe.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 109.96 million units through April 2020. The Nintendo Switch is currently 54.2 million units behind the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 4.


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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43 Comments
OTBWY (on 23 May 2020)

So the Switch is ahead even with PS4's extra holiday. Ahem ahem.

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Alistair OTBWY (on 23 May 2020)

Huh? They both have had 3 Christmas seasons. Three dips, three peaks. The 4th PS4 Christmas is about to start, and isn't in the data yet.

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SuperNintend0rk OTBWY (on 23 May 2020)

These charts go up to the end of December 2016, so yes it does include the PS4's 4th holiday season. There are only three peaks because it didn't really have one during its first holiday season due to the limited supply at launch.

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gord352 OTBWY (on 23 May 2020)

I wouldn't look too deep into this as the Covid situation has actually really helped boost sales for video gaming right now. This definitely helps all the big gaming companies but none more so than Nintendo as the Switch is the hot new item out there. That and Animal Crossing has come out at the perfect time!

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Alistair OTBWY (on 23 May 2020)

Charts are going until the end of November, the PS4 launched in November, so 12 months ends in October, and 36 ends in October, therefore 37 ends in November. Does not include the most recent Christmas yet, the comment is just incorrect.

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SuperNintend0rk OTBWY (on 24 May 2020)

You're right about the dates, but these charts go up to month 38, not month 37. It says so right in the article: "The 38th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is April 2020, while for the PlayStation 4 it is December 2016."

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Alistair OTBWY (on 24 May 2020)

I guess it is because the April numbers were very unusually high for Switch. It wasn't a great Christmas for Sony that year :)

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Alistair OTBWY (on 24 May 2020)

I guess it is because the April numbers were very unusually high for Switch. It wasn't a great Christmas for Sony that year :)

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SuperNintend0rk OTBWY (on 24 May 2020)

The PS4 had a strong holiday in 2016 but covid seems to be creating an unprecedented demand for the Switch.

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OTBWY OTBWY (on 24 May 2020)

@alistair, Was going to answer, but SuperNintend0rk proved you wrong already.

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SuperNintend0rk OTBWY (on 24 May 2020)

@OTBWY I couldn't help myself. The article explains everything so I'm pretty sure he didn't even read it.

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Eagle367 (on 24 May 2020)

The switch broke the snake pattern of the greatest console rivalry of the decade or maybe even the 21st century since PS3 never competed well with Wii and PS2 destroyed GameCube while Nintendo handhelds also dominated Sony handhelds. The only other close rivalry like this is the xbox360 and PS3.

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Ryng (on 23 May 2020)

Best Nintendo VS Sony comparation ever imo, it's super even

PS4 will have slighly better legs (not as much as people think), but Switch is having better first years, it's gonna be close AF.

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Eagle367 Ryng (on 24 May 2020)

I think people are underestimating switch legs because it is the home console but people forget that Nintendo handhelds have really good legs and since the switch is now the only Ninty console, it'll have really good legs.

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Maluigi (on 23 May 2020)

Even with the next PS4-Christmas the Switch is ahead!

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Alistair (on 23 May 2020)
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