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Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - September 2020

Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - September 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 October 2020 / 3,777 Views

Welcome to the latest edition of the ‘Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Worldwide’ article. This series compares the monthly and lifetime retail sales of the three main consoles - the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - September 2020

Looking at the total sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch through September 2020 shows the PS4 is currently ahead of the Switch by 47.99 million units and ahead of the Xbox One by 65.36 million units. The Switch has outsold the PS4 in every month since the middle of 2019.

The PS4 is 4.99 million units away from outselling the Game Boy, which sold 118.69 million units lifetime. The Switch is 10.10 million away from outselling the 3DS, which has sold 75.81 million units to date. The Xbox One is 0.76 million away from outselling the SNES, which sold 49.10 million units lifetime.

The Switch passed the 65 million mark and the PS4 the 113 million mark. The PS4 has sold 113.70 million units lifetime, the Switch 65.71 million units, and the Xbox One 48.34 million units.

Looking at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 currently leads. The PlayStation 4 has a 49.9 percent market share, the Switch sits at 28.9 percent, and the Xbox One at 21.2 percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 113,703,751

Switch Total Sales: 65,713,911

Xbox One Total Sales: 48,339,703

Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - September 2020

During the month of September 2020, the Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 by 1.41 million units for the month and the Xbox One by 1.97 million units. The PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One by 564,317 units.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago, the Switch is up, while the PS4 and Xbox One are down. The Nintendo Switch is up 564,287 units (+36.3%), the PlayStation 4 is down 182,942 units (-20.6%) and the Xbox One is down 93,943 units (-39.68%).

Looking at the marketshare, the Switch managed to achieve 71.4 percent of the monthly sales. The PlayStation 4 accounted for 23.8 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One 4.8 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 707,100

Switch Monthly Sales: 2,116,934

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 142,783

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched in November 2013, while the Switch launched three years and four months later in March 2017.

As a reminder, VGChartz tracks consoles sold to consumers and not units shipped.


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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8 Comments

KingJames (on 09 October 2020)

XB1 is done for when Series X/S launches.

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Eagle367 (on 10 October 2020)

The switch is just operating at another level right now. I hope it reaches that 30 mil so it can have the best year of any console ever and if possible, I hope it outsells DS and PS2

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javi741 (on 10 October 2020)

Yep, a more successful platform is better for everyone. We get a longer lifespan for the console with more AAA game releases, we don't want a Vita or Wii U situation where both Sony and Nintendo gave up on in in only 2 years and we mainly got shovelware filler for most of their lifecycle. Better sales also mean more friends to play with online, far more 3rd party support, ect....

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AFattyGamer (on 09 October 2020)

For an old timer Sony PS4 is still holding onto its market share. Very impressive Sony ;') Nintendo Switch will still outsell the PS4 but by then ... the mantle will be passed off to the Sony PS5. Nintendo vs Sony 2021 will be insane.

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Runa216 (on 09 October 2020)

I absolutely love the idea of staggered generations where Nintendo and Sony alternate. Switch and PS4 are probably the best overall consoles of all time (I'm not even hesitating in saying so) in terms of first party, third party, and indie games, and the only reason I lke the SNES better is because of nostalgia. I'm okay with Sony breaking 100 million, then Nintendo doing the same. Both brands have been great in different ways and aren't directly competing with one another.

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AFattyGamer (on 09 October 2020)

@Runa216 Very true friend. I just love seeing all this intenese competition between Sony and Nintendo. Microsoft as well ;) Sony and Nintendo aren't exactly going at each others throat as you said, but still competiting for maretshare nonetheless. Better the sales for both platform holders, the better :D

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Runa216 (on 09 October 2020)

The thing that always gets to me is when I bring up Microsoft (I criticized them so hard and so repeatedly I got banned from the Microsoft forum on VGC) because, like...what do they even bring to the table. Their exclusives lack character, their business model doesn't benefit them as console manufacturers, and they keep trying to go in directions that people keep rejecting. (But I think we all know the subscription model will be pretty popular going forward). I just don't understand. Nintendo and sony both have exceptional first party lineups with great exclusives and worldwide appeal. Nintendo has the gimmicks, Sony has the power. what does Microsoft have? US-centric marketing, a lack of definable characters outside of Master Chief, limited appeal, and no exclusives.

I mean, I want them do do well, but they just don't have anything that appeals to me!

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TheBraveGallade (on 10 October 2020)

MS brings actual competiton, at least in the US, keeping sony on thier toes.
we ALL know what happens when companies get arrogent, though at least nintendo keeps making good first party games even when doing questionable things.
that being said, sony is probably currently in arrogent mode, considering some of their actions in the past couple years, so...

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