Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Expands in June 2020

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison – Switch Lead Expands in June 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 July 2020 / 2,098 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 Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison – June 2020

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison – June 2020

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison – June 2020

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 366,320 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,674,266 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,190,475 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 59,318,752

PS4 Total Sales: 56,128,277

June 2020 is the 40th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 366,320 units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 5.67 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 3.19 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

The 40th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is June 2020, while for the PlayStation 4 it is February 2017. The Switch has sold 59.32 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 56.13 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 43.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 112.14 million units through June 2020. The Nintendo Switch is currently 52.82 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

Chicho (on 15 July 2020)

Looks like by this holiday season switch lead will be the highest is ever been.


KLAMarine (on 16 July 2020)

I recall seeing an image giving reasons why the Switch will bomb... Wish I could find that image.


Bofferbrauer2 (on 16 July 2020)

Just reading through early Switch predictions, which for the most part expected Wii U like sales at a 300 dollar/Euro pricepoint (most expected more like N64 or XBO sales at a cheaper price) is already hilarious enough in hindsight.


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xMetroid (on 15 July 2020)

Pretty impressive to see how close the lines have been for over 3 years now on the last graph. No matter what happens both consoles will be one of the best selling of all time and that's good to see happen back to back like this. Video gaming industry is as healthy as ever.


Eagle367 (on 16 July 2020)

Damn switch is 3 months ahead and expanding the lead. I think it will continue to expand the lead all throughout this year. I hope Nintendo produces crazy amounts of switches so it can have a crazy year


JSG87 (on 15 July 2020)

It's quite impressive. I am somewhat cautious about whether it will keep it's lead and go all the way onto beating PS4 in the end but I guess we'll see.


Amnesia (on 15 July 2020)

I don't believe Mario Paper is enough to keep things this way.


KLAMarine (on 15 July 2020)

What about Paper Mario?


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super_etecoon (on 15 July 2020)

I think stock shortages are more relevant than software releases at this point. If the hardware needed software to push it and get people excited I would agree. Paper Mario is more about taking care of existing customers and fans of the series (and to make millions of dollars in software sales, of course). As of this moment you still can't walk into the store to buy a Switch and I don't see it being likely that you'll be able to until at least September.


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Eagle367 (on 16 July 2020)

The games available right now are enough for the switch to be sold out even with increased production and record matching or record breaking sales month after month. As long as Ninty can make them, switch SKUs will sell. If Ninty can make 27mil, switch will sell 27mil. I don't know about 30mil but even that's possible


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curl-6 (on 15 July 2020)

And this is with 4 holidays seasons for PS4 versus 3 for Switch. Still, I do worry if Switch can keep up this pace in the long term with its software schedule already looking like a system on its last legs.


Slownenberg (on 15 July 2020)

Looking like a system on its last legs?? That's a weird thing to say. There's loads of Nintendo first party franchises that haven't even come out yet, not to mention undoubtedly second rounds of some games. And of course third party releases are finally starting to pick up more this year. Switch is currently a system looking like its on its mid-legs, which is exactly where it is in the lifecycle. The next couple years should include games like BotW2, another 3D Mario, 2D Mario, Pikmin, another Pokemon, more Ring Fit, another Mario Party, Metroid Prime plus maybe a 2D Metroid as well, maybe a Mario Collection, Bayonetta...hell that alone would be a jam packed two years of 5-20 million sellers, and that's not to mention probably a few old ports that will sell millions like Metroid Prime trilogy, a zelda port, maybe Mario 3D world. Actually all those games will probably be spread out over the next 3 years which would leave time for one more major game before the next gen, with numerous more franchises that have yet to hit the Switch also sandwiched in there.


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xMetroid (on 16 July 2020)

Systems have weaker years. Let's atleast wait till after the direct


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