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Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows in October 2020

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows in October 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 20 November 2020 / 2,355 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 - October 2020

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - October 2020

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - October 2020

Switch Vs. PS4 US:

Gap change in latest month: 488,186 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 4,039,662 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,427,834 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 22,880,391

PS4 Total Sales: 19,452,557

October 2020 is the 44th 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 488,186 more units than the PS4 in the last month. In the last 12 months, the Switch has grown its lead by 4.04 million units. The Switch currently leads by 3.43 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 44th month on sale for the Switch is October 2020, while for the PS4 it is June 2017. The Switch has sold 22.88 million units, while the PS4 sold 19.45 million units during the same timeframe. The PS4 did not reach the current Switch sales until month 50 where it sold a total of 22.96 million units.

The PS4 has been available for 84 months in the US and has sold 34.18 million units. The Switch is currently 11.30 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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4 Comments

LivncA_Dis3 (on 21 November 2020)

switch is unstoppable

  • +4
Podings (on 23 November 2020)

That Switch-lite bump for Christmas and that subsequent corona-curve. ^^

  • +3
INCITATUSBR (on 20 November 2020)

It is expected Nintendo Switch to overtake PS4 sales in the US in September 2022.

  • +2
Ryng (on 20 November 2020)

lol it's gonna happen in 2021 easy, even at the very worst scenario it'll happen Q1 2022.

  • +10