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Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Tops 2 Million in May 2020

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Tops 2 Million in May 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 July 2020 / 3,661 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 Sales Comparison – May 2020

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison – May 2020

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison – May 2020

Switch Vs. PS4 US:

Gap change in latest month: 457,845 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,925,730 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,108,772 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 19,980,811

PS4 Total Sales: 17,872,039

May 2020 is the 39th 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 Switch when you align launches. The Switch sold 457,845 more units than the PS4 in the last month. In the last 12 months the Switch has grown its lead by 2.93 million units. The Switch currently leads by 2.11 million units.

The PS4 launched in the US on November 15, 2013, while the 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 39th month on sale for the Switch is May 2020, while for the PS4 it is January 2017. The Switch has sold 19.98 million units, while the PS4 sold 17.87 million units during the same timeframe. The PS4 did not reach the current Switch sales until month 47 where it sold a total of 20.16 million units.

The PS4 has been available for 79 months in the US and has sold 33.34 million units in the country. The Switch is currently 13.36 million units behind the lifetime sales of the PS4.


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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6 Comments
curl-6 (on 20 June 2020)

The double helix is well and truly broken. Switch will win this one.

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DaAndy (on 20 June 2020)

PS4 will be at roughly 23 million in 11 month (ending december 2017). Its just like 3 million more than Switch has right now. There is no way Switch can fall behind. Last year Switch sold 5.3 million in the next 7 Month (ending december 2019). Switch will keep the lead for quite a time now, maybe even forever. Not sure if Switch manages to sell something like 39-40 million lifetime in the US. But actually it looks kind of good.

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PAOerfulone DaAndy (on 21 June 2020)

39-40 million is where the PS4 will likely end up. So the Switch will more likely be 43-45 million.

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DaAndy DaAndy (on 21 June 2020)

yeah, I guess so too about PS4, thats why i mentioned that threshold. If Switch can sell more than that, it will keep the lead forever. And actually I think it will be able to, but we have no real idea what really happens. Dont know what Nintendos plans are.^^

  • +3
Coolback (on 20 June 2020)

And Switch have only 3 Chrismas, PS4 have 4.

  • +7
Ljink96 (on 20 June 2020)

Holy...it's going to actually do it.

  • +3