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PS4 vs DS in Europe Sales Comparison – PS4 Closes the Gap in May 2020

PS4 vs DS in Europe Sales Comparison – PS4 Closes the Gap in May 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 26 June 2020 / 2,858 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 European sales of the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo DS.

PS4 vs DS in Europe Sales Comparison – PS4 Closes the Gap in May 2020

PS4 vs DS in Europe Sales Comparison – PS4 Closes the Gap in May 2020

PlayStation 4 Vs. DS Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 417,811 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,491,100 – PS4

Total Lead: 4,105,669 - DS

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 45,950,064

DS Total Sales: 50,055,733

May 2020 is the 79th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared with the Nintendo DS during the same timeframe by 417,811 units and by 1.49 million units in the last 12 months. The Nintendo DS currently leads by 4.11 million units.

The DS launched in March 2005 in Europe, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, that is why you see spikes and dips. The DS is the best-selling platform in Europe in the last two video game generations, while the PlayStation 4 comes in second place.

The 79th month on sale for the PlayStation 4 in Europe is May 2020, while for the Nintendo DS it is September 2011. The PlayStation 4 has sold 45.95 million units, while the Nintendo DS sold 50.06 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo DS ended up selling 51.84 million units lifetime in Europe. The PlayStation 4 is currently 5.89 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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javi741 (on 26 June 2020)

You should do more Europe gap charts, that's a major region to look at to determine whether a console will sell well compared to it's competitors. I'd like to see a Switch VS PS4 or Switch VS Wii Europe gap charts.

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trunkswd javi741 (on 28 June 2020)

I'm taking a look at your Europe suggestions. Switch vs PS4 - PS4 is 7.1 million ahead of Switch when you align the launches. Switch vs Wii - Wii is 6.7 million ahead.

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 26 June 2020)

I've said before that I think the PS4 will become the best selling console in Europe and I still think so. It needs to outsell the DS and then do another 3,2 mil to beat the PS2 (according to VGC estimates). At the rate it's still going in Europe I think it's quite possible.

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ireadtabloids UnderwaterFunktown (on 26 November 2021)

Looks like it’s all over now. The site made the decision to stop updating the chart last month after it became clear PS4 sales wouldn’t reach DS numbers in Europe.

Last chart is PS4 vs DS in Europe August 2021.

TrunksWD mentioned the decision in comparison charts October 2021 discussion thread.

Last numbers reported for PS4 in Europe were just under 48.7 million. A tremendous effort.

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UnderwaterFunktown ireadtabloids (on 28 November 2021)

Yea it became clear at the end of 2020 that my prediction wouldn't hold. PS4 sales took a hard hit despite its successor hardly being available and I think a large part of that was Sony shipping so few of them, instead focusing on the PS5 during the periods with shortages and shipment issues. Seems they ended up going for a faster phase out this time around compared to earlier PS consoles, which ends up feeling a little weird when they're actually doing a solid job continuing to support the PS4 software wise.

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