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PS4 vs DS in Europe Sales Comparison – PS4 Closes Gap in October 2020

PS4 vs DS in Europe Sales Comparison – PS4 Closes Gap in October 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 December 2020 / 2,935 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 European sales of the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo DS.

PS4 vs DS in Europe Sales Comparison – PS4 Closes Gap in October 2020

PS4 vs DS in Europe Sales Comparison – PS4 Closes Gap in October 2020

PlayStation 4 Vs. DS Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 232,578 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,995,058 – PS4

Total Lead: 3,753,624 - DS

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 47,319,376

DS Total Sales: 51,073,000

October 2020 is the 84th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared with the DS during the same timeframe by 232,578 units. The PlayStation 4 has outsold the DS by 3.00 million units in the last 12 months. The Nintendo DS currently leads by 3.75 million units.

The DS launched in March 2005 in Europe, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, that is why you see spikes and dips. The DS is the best-selling platform in Europe in the last two video game generations, while the PlayStation 4 comes in second place.

The 84th month on sale for the PlayStation 4 in Europe is October 2020, while for the Nintendo DS it is February 2012. The PlayStation 4 has sold 47.32 million units, while the Nintendo DS sold 51.07 million units during the same timeframe. The DS sold current PlayStation 4 sales in month 70.

The Nintendo DS ended up selling 51.84 million units lifetime in Europe. The PlayStation 4 is currently 4.52 million units behind the lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS.


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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3 Comments
HigHurtenflurst (on 05 December 2020)

Gonna be close this one, PS4 should sell maybe 800k-1m in Nov/Dec. Then for comparison the PS3 sold 2.8m in the years after PS4 release, if it matched that it would end 700-900k short of the DS, but PS4 is doing a bit better than PS3 was at the time of PS4 launch.
I think it will depend on whether Sony cuts production prematurely, I think the demand is there to close the gap, but if they feel it's not worth manufacturing more....

PS2 will retain the crown here in Europe for a while I think, the Switch is doing well worldwide but this is Nintendo's weakest region, have to wait a couple of years to see how PS5 fares as it's a bit early to tell but I think it's the only realistic contender for PS2 for now.

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Robert_Downey_Jr. HigHurtenflurst (on 06 December 2020)

PS4 should be much cheaper to manufacture at this point in its life than PS4 was. Hopefully they can get it to $199 at some point (should have done that last year I thought). If Sony wants more sales they have that option as they would definitely still be making profit while locking people into their ecosystem especially with BC on next gen for whenever those late buyers decide to get next gen (probably when those are cheaper)

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AFattyGamer (on 04 December 2020)

Keep up the fight PS4. The glorious old champion.

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