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PS4 vs DS Sales Comparison – DS Lead Shrinks in May 2020

PS4 vs DS Sales Comparison – DS Lead Shrinks in May 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 June 2020 / 2,778 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 Sales Comparison – May 2020

PS4 vs DS Sales Comparison – May 2020

PS4 vs DS Sales Comparison – May 2020

PlayStation 4 Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 482,475 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,631,276 – DS

Total Lead: 33,721,925 - DS

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 110,984,796

DS Total Sales: 144,706,731

May 2020 is the 79th 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 482,475 units. However, the Nintendo DS has grown its lead over the PlayStation 4 in the last 12 months by 3.63 million units. The Nintendo DS currently leads by 33.72 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 79th month on sale for the PlayStation 4 is May 2020, while for the Nintendo DS it is May 2011. The PlayStation 4 has sold 110.98 million units, while the Nintendo DS sold 144.71 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo DS ended up selling 154.02 million units lifetime. The PlayStation 4 is currently 43.04 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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5 Comments
curl-6 (on 17 June 2020)

The DS lead is insurmountable at this point, but PS4 made a good run of it.

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siebensus4 (on 17 June 2020)

I assume that the gap curve would have been quite flat without the lockdown, just like in January and February.

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yo33331 siebensus4 (on 18 June 2020)

maybe still a little ahed for PS4 because ds did around 8M in 2011 and PS4 even without the lockdown would do around 10-12M this year

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Mnementh (on 18 June 2020)

Momentum reached a turning point, but I doubt PS4 can close this massive gap.

  • +1
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