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Switch vs PS4 in the US – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch vs PS4 in the US – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 June 2020 / 3,443 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 US sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.

Switch vs PS4 in the US – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch vs PS4 in the US – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch vs PS4 in the US – VGChartz Gap Charts – April 2020

Switch Vs. PS4 US:

Gap change in latest month: 796,621 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,451,182 – Switch

Total Lead: 1,591,127 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 19,251,426

PS4 Total Sales: 17,660,299

April 2020 is the 38th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap in the US between the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when you align launches. The PS4 sold 796,621 more units than the Switch in the last month. However, in the last 12 months the Switch has grown its lead by 2.45 million units. The Switch currently leads by 1.59 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in the US on November 15, 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched on March 3, 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 19.25 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 17.66 million units during the same timeframe.

The PlayStation 4 has been available for 78 months in the US and has sold 33.11 million units in the country. The Nintendo Switch is currently 13.86 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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13 Comments
curl-6 (on 27 May 2020)

Switch is gonna win this one; even with an extra holiday season in PS4's favour it's tracking ahead

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thomas995 (on 27 May 2020)

Keeping a decent lead even in PS4's holiday period. Impressive for the little Switch.

  • +9
Eagle367 (on 27 May 2020)

The double helix is broken. Switch is gonna increase it's less from here on out

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 27 May 2020)

At this rate, the 360 seems a better comparison to the Switch in the US on the long run

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siebensus4 Bofferbrauer2 (on 28 May 2020)

X360 sold 13.5M until month 38 in the US, so Switch has a big lead currently. But X360 will strike back around month 60 with Kinect boost.

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That's why I said on the long run. I know that the 360 had a slow start and a very big tail due to Kinect. Since the graphs now show the future sales of older consoles, this could lead to interesting charts down the road.

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yo33331 (on 27 May 2020)

where did 360 vs ps4 in US left ?

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Mnementh (on 28 May 2020)

Whoa, this Animal Crossing boost even nullifies part of PS4s holiday boost. Incredible!

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Amnesia Mnementh (on 29 May 2020)

It is an "Animal Crossing + COVID-19" boost that we had.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 27 May 2020)

At this rate, the 360 seems a better comparison to the Switch in the US on the long run

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javi741 (on 27 May 2020)

It looks like Switch is going to kill the PS4 in Japan, slightly win in NA. However, PS4 looks like is going to have a pretty big lead in Europe which might be the region that keeps the PS4's lifetime sales over the Switch. Nintendo needs to focus their marketing efforts towards Europe to maximize their sales.

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UnderwaterFunktown javi741 (on 27 May 2020)

While it's still hard to say how things will go globally, I think Switch will do more than win slightly when it comes to the US or NA. It sold almost 2 mil in the last two months according to NPD numbers and while it ofc isn't gonna quite stay that strong I still expect it to be grow that lead and be ahead by a LOT at the end of this year. Unless it's sales slow to a crawl in the coming years, its gonna blow right past the PS4 and compete with the Wii and Xbox 360 in NA sales.

  • +9
Podings (on 28 May 2020)

Seven holiday seasons for the PS4.
That's what the PS2 did in most regions too. Damn good longevity.

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