Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales  May 2020

Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales May 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 June 2020 / 4,429 Views

Welcome to the latest edition of the ‘Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Worldwide’ article. This series compares the monthly and lifetime retail sales of the three main consoles - the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales – May 2020

Looking at the total sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch through May 2020 shows the Nintendo Switch continuing its climb and is nearly 10 million units ahead of the Xbox One after surpassing it in December 2019. The PS4 is currently ahead of the Switch by 53.52 million units, however, that gap has been slowly, but steadily shrinking.

The PlayStation 4 passed the 111 million mark and the Switch passed the 57 million mark. The PS4 has sold 111.04 million units lifetime, the Switch 57.52 million units, and the Xbox One 47.77 million units.

Looking at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 currently leads. The PlayStation 4 has a 51.33 percent market share, the Switch sits at 26.6 percent, and the Xbox One at 22.1 percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 111,037,586

Switch Total Sales: 57,517,946

Xbox One Total Sales: 47,774,968

Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales – May 2020

During the month of May 2020, the Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 by 622,182 units for the month and the Xbox One by 1.33 million units. The PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One by 703,607 units.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago, all three consoles are up. The Nintendo Switch is up 810,335 units (+90.81%), the PlayStation 4 is up 75,382 units (7.50%) and the Xbox One is up 156,143 units (70.73%).

Looking at the marketshare, the Switch managed to achieve 53.9 percent of the monthly sales. The PlayStation 4 accounted for 34.2 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One 11.9 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 1,080,519

Switch Monthly Sales: 1,702,701

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 376,912

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched in November 2013, while the Switch launched three years and four months later in March 2017.

As a reminder VGChartz tracks consoles sold to consumers and not units shipped.


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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14 Comments

YanisFromFrance (on 06 June 2020)

The Switch is insane , Love this console


trunkswd (on 07 June 2020)

It's my first Nintendo console since the N64 and I'm really enjoying it. Mario Odyssey and Pokemon are the main reasons I bought it.


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khotboat (on 07 June 2020)

Me too, now if only they could improve their shitty online service switch online, ill be happy


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eddy7eddy (on 06 June 2020)

The Switch is Unstoppable.


SanAndreasX (on 06 June 2020)

The Switch is a beast right now.


trunkswd (on 07 June 2020)

It is reminding me of the Wii and DS.


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SKMBlake (on 07 June 2020)

@Amnesia: tech-wise the Switch is way-ahead of other 7th gen consoles, and similar to 8th gen consoles, so no.


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SKMBlake (on 07 June 2020)

Sorry wrong comment


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Ninten78 (on 06 June 2020)

Is it fair comparing 8th gen vs a 9th gen?


trunkswd (on 07 June 2020)

We've done this every month. With Nintendo being offset by a few years compared to Sony and Microsoft, we are just comparing the three current consoles.


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Amnesia (on 07 June 2020)

Gen definition is different for everyone. For me the Switch is a 7th gen technically and a 8th gen calendar.


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SKMBlake (on 07 June 2020)

Add your reply...@Amnesia: tech-wise the Switch is way-ahead of other 7th gen consoles, and similar to 8th gen consoles, so no.


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JWeinCom (on 08 June 2020)

Considering all three products are on the market at the same time, are the main offerings from each of their respective companies, and are at least to a large extent in competition, I'd say it makes sense to compare them.


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siebensus4 (on 06 June 2020)

This should be Switch's peak year.