Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in August 2020

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in August 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 September 2020 / 2,526 Views

The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.

This monthly series compares the aligned US sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in August 2020

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in August 2020

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in August 2020

Switch Vs. PS4 US:

Gap change in latest month: 296,411 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,462,503 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,549,878 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 21,428,833

PS4 Total Sales: 18,878,955

August 2020 is the 42nd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap in the US between the Switch and PlayStation 4 grew in favor of the Switch when you align launches. The Switch sold 296,411 more units than the PS4 in the last month. In the last 12 months, the Switch has grown its lead by 3.46 million units. The Switch currently leads by 2.55 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 42nd month on sale for the Switch is August 2020, while for the PS4 it is April 2017. The Switch has sold 21.43 million units, while the PS4 sold 18.88 million units during the same timeframe. The PS4 did not reach the current Switch sales until month 49 where it sold a total of 21.96 million units.

The PS4 has been available for 82 months in the US and has sold 33.98 million units. The Switch is currently 12.55 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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5 Comments

Eagle367 (on 15 September 2020)

Damn the switch is 7 months ahead. Basically ahead without 1 holiday. With the holidays, it's gonna be monstrously ahead and wreck the PS4 sales.


Ryng (on 15 September 2020)

did they already made a DS VS Switch comparation in USA? That one will be the most interesting since Switch is looking like can become the best selling console of all time.


AFattyGamer (on 16 September 2020)

I think VGChartz released an article prior for Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo DS sales. They showed the DS had a lead over the Switch slightly comparing the same timeframes. I don't remember if that was in US however... But yes the Nintendo Switch has potential to outsell Nintendo DS :)


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DaAndy (on 15 September 2020)

Switch needs roughly 1.6 million within the next 8 month to keep the lead after PS4 holiday 2017. Seems like in 4 month the gap will be huge.


AFattyGamer (on 15 September 2020)

That's an insane lead Nintendo Switch has over Sony PS4. Like WOAH. Now we're in the later years of Sony PS4's life now, so the Nintendo Switch will continue its insane lead. Sony PS4 will pass the mantle off to Sony PS5 to finish this battle :)