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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison – January 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison – January 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 March 2021 / 3,396 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 – January 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison – January 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison – January 2021

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 266,548 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,893,164 - Switch

Total Lead: 13,915,142 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 78,631,440

PS4 Total Sales: 64,716,298

January 2021 is the 47th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 266,548 units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 7.89 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 13.92 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 47th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is January 2021, while for the PlayStation 4 it is September 2017. The Switch has sold 78.63 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 64.72 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 55.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 114.93 million units through January 2021. The Nintendo Switch is currently 36.3 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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25 Comments
Doctor_MG (on 22 February 2021)

Wow, Switch is leading sales against the PS4 by a whole Wii U. Impressive.

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SKMBlake Doctor_MG (on 23 February 2021)

It will be more impressive when it will lead by a whole Xbox One

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curl-6 (on 22 February 2021)

Tracking nearly 14 million ahead of the 4th best selling system of all time is seriously impressive.

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mjk45 curl-6 (on 25 February 2021)

It may knock the king of its throne. the end of 2022 should gives us a good indication of that possibility.

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eddy7eddy curl-6 (on 26 February 2021)

PS4 needs another 3.7 million to reach the 3rd Place, so you could say is tracking nearly 14 million ahead of the 3rd best selling system of all time.

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eddy7eddy (on 22 February 2021)

First Graph looks like Godzilla's Back.

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Eagle367 eddy7eddy (on 23 February 2021)

Second looks like half of a DNA molecule said "screw it, screw you, screw this cell, I'm outta here"

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SvenTheTurkey Eagle367 (on 24 February 2021)

We didn't know it, but it was dna unzipping.

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Real (on 23 February 2021)

Switch ain't looking back anymore

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ireadtabloids (on 22 February 2021)

I’m starting to think Switch will overtake PS4 after a long time of resisting the evidence. They still have the option of a price cut and a new model up their sleeve.

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Real ireadtabloids (on 23 February 2021)

Switch will outsell PS4 by Q1 2022 , Even without next Switch model.

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ireadtabloids Real (on 23 February 2021)

Any typos in that statement?
Just wanting to make sure I am hearing you correctly.

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SvenTheTurkey ireadtabloids (on 24 February 2021)

I'd buy 2023.

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ireadtabloids SvenTheTurkey (on 24 February 2021)

I’m guessing they are talking about outselling the PS4 in North America.

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Real ireadtabloids (on 24 February 2021)

No worldwide

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ireadtabloids Real (on 24 February 2021)

That would be incredible. Peak DS was just over 31 million sold. Switch selling over 36 million in a year would be the most incredible thing to happen in video game sales history.
I think they sold a bit over 27 million Switch units during 2020.

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Kakadu18 Real (on 24 February 2021)

I'd say Q3 2022.

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Real Kakadu18 (on 24 February 2021)

Q1 2022

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Kakadu18 Real (on 24 February 2021)

That would be now.

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Real Kakadu18 (on 25 February 2021)

Ohh sorry 2022

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Kakadu18 Real (on 25 February 2021)

Yeah, I think shipments of the Switch will probably end up around 103mil at the end of this CY. So I don't see the Switch selling an additional 12mil in Q1 2022.

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SvenTheTurkey (on 22 February 2021)

Seems like switch will keep a 6-8 million lead by month 51 when the ps4 will finish its next holiday. As long as it keeps momentum, this matchup could be wrapped up in about 2 years from now.

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garretslarrity (on 24 February 2021)

This was probably the most interesting chart for a while, but now I think it's over.

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DaAndy (on 23 February 2021)

PS4 will be at 91.8 million after holiday season 2018(!), which means in 15 Month. Seems like Switch get there in Q3/2021^^

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Eagle367 DaAndy (on 23 February 2021)

Damn Daniel

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