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PS4 vs Wii in the US Sales Comparison - PS4 Closes the Gap in November 2020

PS4 vs Wii in the US Sales Comparison - PS4 Closes the Gap in November 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 January 2021 / 2,718 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 PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Wii.

PS4 vs Wii in the US Sales Comparison - PS4 Continues to Close the Gap in November 2020

PS4 vs Wii in the US Sales Comparison - PS4 Continues to Close the Gap in November 2020

PlayStation 4 Vs. Wii US:

Gap change in latest month: 58,878 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,654,306 - PS4

Total Lead: 6,956,102 - Wii

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 34,323,996

Wii Total Sales: 41,280,098

November 2020 is the 85th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for in the US. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared with the Nintendo Wii during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 has caught up to the Wii by 58,878 units in the last month and in the last 12 months outsold the Wii by 1.65 million units. The Wii currently leads by 6.96 million units.

Both consoles launched in November in the US. The Wii launched in November 2006, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. This does mean the holidays for the two consoles do lineup.

The 85th month for the PlayStation 4 is November 2020, while for the Wii it is November 2013. The PlayStation 4 has sold 34.32 million units, while the Wii sold 41.28 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii reached current PS4 sales in month 52.

The Wii sold units 41.70 million lifetime in the US, therefore the PlayStation 4 needs to sell another 7.38 million units to catch up to the lifetime sales of the Wii.


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
Kakadu18 (on 06 January 2021)

The PS4 most likely won't surpass the Wii, even though it was able to catch up a bit but only because the Wii fell of a cliff.

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RolStoppable Kakadu18 (on 07 January 2021)

The PS4 has no chance at all anymore.

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B6a6es (on 06 January 2021)

unless a pricedrop comes, i dont see it outselling the Wii anytime soon

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icykai (on 06 January 2021)

I think it's safe to say at this point with the success of the PS5, this battle is over.

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AFattyGamer (on 07 January 2021)

Hold up I just now realized did the PS4 silently just hit the 115 million sold mark? But Sony's old champion can't reach a 120-125 million the next 3 years? Riiiiiiight ok.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 06 January 2021)

Price drop and then boom right outta the gate it will ketchup!

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Bofferbrauer2 LivncA_Dis3 (on 07 January 2021)

Going by the current sales, the price drop would need to be very, very substantial. As in, lowering the PS4 standard price to something below the Switch Lite, so more than a $100 price drop at once. And even then, it will be very difficult, since even at it's best would the PS4 have needed over a year to bridge that gap; PS4 never sold over 6M a year in the US while the gap is 7M

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AFattyGamer (on 06 January 2021)
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