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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 8 Million in November 2020

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 8 Million in November 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 January 2021 / 4,717 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 8 Million in November 2020

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 8 Million in November 2020

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Tops 8 Million in November 2020

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 2,524,090 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,018,631 - Switch

Total Lead: 8,594,884 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 70,903,631

PS4 Total Sales: 62,308,747

November 2020 is the 45th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 2.52 million units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 7.02 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 8.59 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 45th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is November 2020, while for the PlayStation 4 it is July 2017. The Switch has sold 70.90 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 62.31 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 50.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 114.20 million units through November 2020. The Nintendo Switch is currently 43.30 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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13 Comments
siebensus4 (on 21 December 2020)

I'd be very surprised if a recross would occur anytime.

  • +6
Original (on 22 December 2020)

After December it'll be 10 million

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Darwinianevolution (on 22 December 2020)

As long as Nintendo doesn't ruin the momentum, the Switch should comfortably keep the lead until the end of its lifecycle.

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dmillos (on 21 December 2020)

The PS4 sold about 3.7 million in the months 46-48. That will compare with december, january and february for the switch. Last holiday the switch sold 7.7 million during those months. so we are looking at around a 12.5 million lead for the switch after 48 months.

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DaAndy dmillos (on 21 December 2020)

I did not checked the 3.7 million for PS4 month 46-48, but I feel like the lead will not be "only" like 12.5 million units then. I rather assume Switch will sell like 10 Million for these 3 month - if not even more. So the lower end will be like 12.5 million, but more realistic like 14-15 million. That will be quite a lead.

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dmillos dmillos (on 21 December 2020)

@DaAndy I agree, it could very likely be higher than 12.5, When estimating I prefer the lower bound number as it is always nice to exceed expectations. It is impossible to predict, but for the fun of it, I think that in february we will see this chart with the NS being 13.5 million units ahead. I guess we will soon be able to know.

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xMetroid (on 21 December 2020)

Switch should have a lead comfortable enough to remain on top. Next year should be well over 20 millions as well. I feel like Switch still has bright years ahead of it. I hear around me more and more people wanting to buy it, which is something that calms down a little once you are close to the 80 millions units.

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TheBraveGallade (on 29 December 2020)

Its over ps4, I have the high ground!

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TheBraveGallade (on 28 December 2020)

Its over ps4, I have the high ground!

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AFattyGamer (on 21 December 2020)
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