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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 6 Million in September 2020

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 6 Million in September 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 October 2020 / 3,645 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 worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch lead Tops 6 Million in September 2020

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch lead Tops 6 Million in September 2020

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch lead Tops 6 Million in September 2020

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 989,068 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,696,779 - Switch

Total Lead: 6,020,197 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 65,713,911

PS4 Total Sales: 59,693,714

September 2020 is the 43rd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 989,068 units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 7.70 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 6.02 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 43rd month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is September 2020, while for the PlayStation 4 it is May 2017. The Switch has sold 65.71 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 59.69 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 48.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 113.70 million units through August 2020. The Nintendo Switch is currently 48.09 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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15 Comments

atma998 (on 14 October 2020)

Unless Switch drops like a rock in water, I think we are safe to say this fight is over. Switch will win this gen.

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xl-klaudkil (on 15 October 2020)

Lets not say stuff like that and wait. Ps4 will end in about 120mill,only beaten by ds and ps1. Switch in march 2021 is going in its 4th year.

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xl-klaudkil (on 15 October 2020)

Ps2..xd not ps1

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Illusion (on 15 October 2020)

Given that there hasn't been a price cut made to the Switch yet, its seems likely that it will outsell the PS4. Also, let's keep in mind that Nintendo doesn't have two platforms to support them anymore. Releasing a new console is always risky and so I suspect that Nintendo is going to milk the Switch for everything they can get before retiring it, like they did with the 3DS.

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Ljink96 (on 15 October 2020)

So what you're saying is, the Switch still might fall off a cliff?

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Mnementh (on 15 October 2020)

And this is *before* the holidays hit for Switch.

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PAOerfulone (on 15 October 2020)

Looks like the Switch has its largest lead of this comparison thus far. Will likely pass 7 million with next month. And 12 million by the end of the year.

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siebensus4 (on 15 October 2020)

At this point - and under considering the upcoming months - I think if's pretty unlikely that Switch will ever lose the lead again. I wouln't have thought that a year ago. Ongoing pandemic and Animal Crossing really changed the whole game...

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Eagle367 (on 15 October 2020)

Damn 5 months ahead. The switch is just a beast. I hope it sells over 30 mil this year and becomes the best selling console in history down the line.

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kopstudent89 (on 15 October 2020)

Switch is about to deal the PS4 a massive blow in this race this holiday season. Tough to see the PS4 come back but Sony always have longevity on their side..

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AFattyGamer (on 14 October 2020)

People are really sleeping on Sony ... Big mistake. Sony for the most part is looking to start of this 9th gen correctly. Well besides their stupid Japanese censorship at the moment. History shows when Sony starts off correctly they tend to dominate that said generation. Nintendo Switch is over taking the old champion the Sony PS4 quite easily ... to be expected ;). Sony PS5 is right around the corner and Sony is out for some blood. This fight has only just begun ;")

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TheBraveGallade (on 15 October 2020)

the difference here is pretty much EVERY major console maker is going about it the right way for the most part. we've never had this since the SNES.

as for the ps5, im not sure how much it has to grow compared to the ps4, it only did that well becasue it basically had no competition, plus at this point the japanese market is a big L for them. bigger more powerful console japan does not want.

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Rab (on 15 October 2020)

This comparison is launch aligned

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siebensus4 (on 15 October 2020)

Currently I can't imagine that PS5 can make 300k - 400k weeks like the Switch in year 4. Microsoft will be a much better competitor next gen who shares about the same target audience – and Nintendo is also big in the market. This will be a tougher fight for Sony than it was with PS4/XBO/WiiU, although they have two consoles right from the start.

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AFattyGamer (on 15 October 2020)

Don't say I didn't warn y'all. People really seem to forget what Sony does when they start off a generation correct. But I don't know anything I guess ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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