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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows by 5M in December 2020

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows by 5M in December 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 February 2021 / 5,396 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 Grows by 5M in December 2020

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows by 5M in December 2020

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Grows by 5M in December 2020

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 5,006,710 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,781,437 - Switch

Total Lead: 13,658,594 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 76,989,289

PS4 Total Sales: 63,330,695

December 2020 is the 46th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 5.01 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 7.78 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 13.66 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 46th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is December 2020, while for the PlayStation 4 it is August 2017. The Switch has sold 76.99 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 63.33 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 53.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 114.83 million units through December 2020. The Nintendo Switch is currently 37.84 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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43 Comments
Bofferbrauer2 (on 26 January 2021)

There's the cliff™

It's just going up, not down.

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SvenTheTurkey Bofferbrauer2 (on 26 January 2021)

If you hold the graph upside down, then they were right.

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Sogreblute (on 26 January 2021)

If 2021 is anything like 2020 it should pass the PS4 next year. Since PS4 is selling a lot less now than what people expected I don't think it will do more than 120 million life time (maybe less).

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Kakadu18 Sogreblute (on 26 January 2021)

I think it'll do 122mil max, more likely 120mil. The Switch will sell at least 140mil life time imo.

Edit: Yeah, the PS4 might even stay below 120 million.

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Real Kakadu18 (on 26 January 2021)

No PS4 won't do 120 mil

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Sogreblute Kakadu18 (on 26 January 2021)

Back then maybe a year or 2 ago that's what everyone was saying, but seeing the sales of the PS4 drop hard is making people think differently. The PS4 might have the worst legs for a PS system after it's successor is out.

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Agente42 Sogreblute (on 26 January 2021)

the legs are because multimedia device plus low prices.

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Tridrakious Sogreblute (on 27 January 2021)

The PS4 sold out of so much inventory, and now the PS5 is on the market. Sony won't be ramping up PS4 manufacturing to meet demand of the previous generation. Especially not when they are trying to ramp up manufacturing for the new toy.

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Real (on 26 January 2021)

Switch will outsell PS4 by Q1 2022

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xMetroid Real (on 26 January 2021)

Crazy knowing 1 year ago most people thought the PS4 would finish on top or atleast very close to it.

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SvenTheTurkey xMetroid (on 26 January 2021)

Yeah. I kinda figured the only way the ps4 would continue to sell well is if the ps5 didn't have a good launch. Ps4 will sell 5 million this year max. And that's probably generous.

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Real SvenTheTurkey (on 27 January 2021)

I don't see PS4 doing 5 million this year but I could be wrong

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SvenTheTurkey Real (on 27 January 2021)

Yeah. You never know about price cuts and bundles. But 5 million is on the absolute high end.

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eddy7eddy Real (on 26 January 2021)

35m+ in one year? Or am i losing someting?

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Real eddy7eddy (on 27 January 2021)

1 year and 3 months and I'm talking about Nintendo's sale numbers not vgcharts

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eddy7eddy Real (on 27 January 2021)

That would be perfect but I don't think Nintendo can sell around 37 million in 15 months with just one Holiday season and vgchartz is close to the official number usually.

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Real eddy7eddy (on 27 January 2021)

It will I'm sure Switch is already 80+ million by nintendos count

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SvenTheTurkey Real (on 27 January 2021)

Around there. They'll be announcing shipped through the end of December soon if they haven't already.

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SvenTheTurkey eddy7eddy (on 27 January 2021)

Yeah. Guessing closer to 24 months.

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Real SvenTheTurkey (on 27 January 2021)

Nintendo will publish their Q4 sales on February

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Real SvenTheTurkey (on 27 January 2021)

Nah 15 months

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eddy7eddy Real (on 27 January 2021)

You're not Real xD

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Real eddy7eddy (on 28 January 2021)

Haha maybe

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Dulfite (on 26 January 2021)

My goodness that lead...

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xMetroid (on 26 January 2021)

I was expecting that lead by watching the weekly sales but still impressive to see when the PS4 was dominating the market for a whole gen. We might have a potential "best selling console of all time" candidate here with the Switch and it is a healthy sign for the industry. Feel like PS2 and DS had their time. First hybrid console to make it on top would be exquisite, even more knowing it was Iwata's project.

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javi741 (on 26 January 2021)

I don't think the PS4 will ever recover from this deficit, it is more likely than not the Switch will eventually outsell the PS4.

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Real javi741 (on 27 January 2021)

That's a given

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Eagle367 (on 27 January 2021)

This is like the switch and PS4 are two cyclists talking to each other and the switch just went. 'alright this next turn is mine.' PS4 never catching upto the switch again unless switch forgot his water bottle or something

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PAOerfulone (on 26 January 2021)

It wasn't that long ago when this race was back and forth and could have gone either way...

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Maluigi (on 26 January 2021)

Remember that the PS4 was very long the leader of the 8th Gen.

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SvenTheTurkey Maluigi (on 26 January 2021)

Still is. Beat the Wii u and xbone. That's wrapped up.

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boypita SvenTheTurkey (on 26 January 2021)

That´s right, Switch is 9th Gen.

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SvenTheTurkey boypita (on 27 January 2021)

Yeah. I think the releases will tighten up for gen 10. So there won't be much debate after that.

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eddy7eddy SvenTheTurkey (on 27 January 2021)

I don't think Gens matter anymore, for example, a New Switch 2 in 2021 Would be Gen 11??

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SvenTheTurkey eddy7eddy (on 27 January 2021)

No. It would have to be 10 I suppose. It's like the Saturn and dreamcast. Sega was actually defining the generations in the 80's and 90's due to their odd release schedules. But it's more about the collective releases so you can define time periods. It's like generations of people. Some people don't fit the traits of their generation, but it is defined by time periods.

Does it matter? No. It's like any categorization. It just needs to be logical so it's easy to talk about groups of things together.

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xMetroid eddy7eddy (on 27 January 2021)

Yea but the thing is next gen Switch won't come until like end of 2023 but more likely 2024. Switch is also succeeding the 3DS and the handheld/home console were always off by some years

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SvenTheTurkey xMetroid (on 27 January 2021)

Right. Gen 7 started in 2004 because of the ds. 2011 for gen 8 because of the 3ds.

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ireadtabloids (on 01 February 2021)

Interesting that Nintendo puts sell-through for Switch for end of December at over 74 million. Will be interesting to see how vgchartz revise down their numbers over the next three months to get closer to the truth for when Nintendo next reports.

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AFattyGamer (on 27 January 2021)
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