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PS4 vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 July 2020 / 2,315 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 PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo DS.

PS4 vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

PS4 vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

PS4 vs DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

PlayStation 4 Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 881,903 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 4,105,781 – DS

Total Lead: 34,204,410 - DS

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 109,957,067

DS Total Sales: 144,161,477

April 2020 is the 78th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared with the Nintendo DS during the same timeframe by 881,903. However, the Nintendo DS has grown its lead over the PlayStation 4 in the last 12 months by 4.11 million units. The Nintendo DS currently leads by 34.20 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. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.

The 78th month on sale for the PlayStation 4 is April 2020, while for the Nintendo DS it is April 2011. The PlayStation 4 has sold 109.96 million units, while the Nintendo DS sold 144.16 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo DS ended up selling 154.02 million units lifetime. The PlayStation 4 is currently 44.06 million units behind the lifetime sales of 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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18 Comments
Darwinianevolution (on 25 May 2020)

Comparing any piece of hardware's sales to the DS or the PS2 is always going to end up looking bad, even for successes such as the PS4.

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Wman1996 (on 25 May 2020)

I've said it before, but it bears repeating. No hardware will touch the lifetime sales of the PS2 and DS. They were lightning in a bottle. And as is clear in this article, the DS has a massive lead.

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DaAndy (on 25 May 2020)

good news for ps4: NDS just sold roughly 15 million in its last like 3 years. bad new for ps4: the 6 years before NDS sold like 140 million. I think the gap will keep on shrinking from now on, but DS is so far ahead. However, both sold/sell pretty awesome. hope switch will in the end come close to them.

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Yassgragra (on 25 May 2020)

I think the PS4 curve will begin flattening by around month 96. PS4 may see 130m.

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yo33331 (on 25 May 2020)

Just think about it, until this point in time PS2 had around preety much the same line and sales as the PS4, so we have been here already .. with a console sales and line until this late in its lifecycle so far from DS sales at this time, but PS2 did much better sales after this point than the DS and ultimately surpassed it. I am not saying PS4 will do the same, but just that there is no impossible things .. so don't be like 100% sure this will be it .. Sony can make 2 different pricecuts in different moments of the remaining life of PS4, we have still some big games coming to it, and if PS5 is around 500 to 600$ the PS4 at 200 or 250$ will be easy buy for many casual players or kids going ahead. It doesn't need much .. just 2 more years with around 10M sales, and 2-3 more with aroud 6-7M sales, and here we are.

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Mnementh yo33331 (on 25 May 2020)

I doubt it, but we'll see. PS2 had two major advantages for the long tail: the PS3 had a slow start and looked unappealing in the beginning and in many overseaes markets the PS2 launched late and was relatively fresh still. For PS3 people also expected such a long tail (I had for a long time bets in my signatures with guys that had the bet PS3 will outsell Wii in the long run), but it never materialized. PS4 was from launch well accepted and Sony was already present in more markets, so PS3 sales did plummet fast. We don't know yet how well received the PS5 will be, but I am pretty sure it will be available in many markets worldwide from launch and replace the PS4.

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yo33331 yo33331 (on 25 May 2020)

PS2 has made not more than 5M total from the emerging markets, less than 10% of what it sold after PS3 launched.
As for the PS5, it probably will be well received console however it will be 500 to 600$ and PS4 even without pricecuts will be 250-300$, so not a small difference. PS3 was the only PS console with so bad legs and it was for 3 reasons.

  1. PS3 in general didn't sell that well, just okay, PS4 for that matter is selling way way better.
  2. Sony didn't do any pricecuts after the PS4 launched.
    and 3. PS4 was only 100$ more than PS3, therefore preety much anyone including casual gamers would just take PS4.
    those 3 reasons are not and will not be present in the PS4/PS5 sales period
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Mnementh yo33331 (on 26 May 2020)

Well, you say PS5 will be well received, but expensive. But that is kind of a contradiction. If it is that well received, that people are swallowing the price tag a cheaper PS4 won't matter. If the price tag is prohibitive though, that mean less PS5 will sell and therefore by definition it isn't well received. If sales are split evenly than both console will do kind of badly. And I would remind you, that the price tag was the main reason PS3 had a weak launch.

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yo33331 yo33331 (on 26 May 2020)

I am talking generally that will be well received, but this does not stop it to be expensive at the beginning. And when both consoles have enough difference in price nothing stops OKAY sales for both. The cheaper option PS4 will be bought primarly by casual gamers or family, and PS5 will be bought by hardcore gamers.
PS3 was 600$ however with the inflation now 600$ is more okay than than. Also I've said that it may be 500$ too, which will still be enough of a difference for some kids or casual gamers to buy the cheaper option instead.
PS3 sold bad because there was alternative - 360 was 200$ down. Now it will be preety much even both consoles will be 500 or 600$ or even if there is 100$ difference, PS4 will still be way cheaper.
If 360 was the same 500$ or 600$ at launch and there were no cheaper models PS3 would de much better than what it did. However now the hardcore gamers won't have a choice because both of the machines will be expensive.
Well received means the console to sell okay or very well through it's whole life not only the launch.

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yo33331 yo33331 (on 26 May 2020)

And no if the sales are split they won't be kind of badly. First of all they won't be split. You are looking at different people. The cheaper PS4 will be primarly bought by kids and casual gamers or families, PS5 will be bought by hardcore gamers. PS5 first year 2021- can be 10-12M (with 500$ or 600$ price) and it will still be very okay for a first year. PS4 at the same time can be at around 10M which for console in its 8th year is very very good.

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Mnementh (on 25 May 2020)

Well, it looks like the PS4 can make some inroad on the last round. But as PS5 soon releases it will also decline and therefore only slowly close the gap to the DS. Maybe with some luck it can bring it down to 25M-30M. Which means 120M-125M for the PS4.

  • 0
yo33331 Mnementh (on 25 May 2020)

what ? some luck for 120M for the PS4 ? you kidding ? PS4 is doing 120M even maybe 122M this year for sure, with at least 4-5M life after this year (just luke most of the PS consoles) PS4 will surely get to 140M at worst

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yo33331 Mnementh (on 25 May 2020)

4-5 years*

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Mnementh Mnementh (on 25 May 2020)

This year for sure? Last year PS4 made barely 10M from May to December. Januar to March is down YOY in 2020, but April is up for some reason. But with PS5 coming I don't expect the PS4 making the 10M to 120M this year. And long run, as I said, it will probably happen. I added with some luck, because crazy shit can always happen.

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yo33331 Mnementh (on 25 May 2020)

PS4 is almost 111M now, so with the 2 weeks remaining of may which will also be up yoy and with at least 2 big games left to come out for it (it may come 3rd at some time, just like gt6 was announced for ps3 in june of 2013th and released the same year in december) and with the big difference in price to PS5 (which will probably be 500$ maybe even more) PS4 can do another 9M this year, last year PS4 didn't have any big games that push consoles.
With the little better sales in april and may this year and with the 2 big exclusive games for it and the big difference in prices with the next gen consoles, the 9M are very possible.

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Mnementh Mnementh (on 25 May 2020)

I doubt it, but we'll see.

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kazuyamishima Mnementh (on 26 May 2020)

All limited edition the last of us part II PS4 pro bundles are sold out everywhere globally.
TLOU part II alongside GOT will move plenty of consoles and if Sony do a permanent price cut it could do 10 million units from now to the end of the year.

  • +1
Mnementh Mnementh (on 26 May 2020)

True, a price cut usually does have an effect.

  • +1