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Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - February 2021

Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - February 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2021 / 4,593 Views

Welcome to the latest edition of the ‘Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Worldwide’ article. This series compares the monthly and lifetime retail sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - February 2021

Looking at the total sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch through February 2021 shows how the Switch has been consistently gaining on the lifetime PS4 sales and growing its lead over the Xbox One for well over a year now. The PS4 is ahead of the Switch by 34.7 million units and the Xbox One by 65.2 million units. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox One by 30.5 million

The PS4 is 3.58 million units away from outselling the Game Boy, which sold 118.69 million units lifetime. The Switch is 0.72 million units away from outselling the PSP, which has sold 81.09 million units lifetime. The Xbox One is 92,380 units away from crossing 50 million units sold.

The PlayStation 4 crossed the 115 million mark and the Switch passed the 80 million mark. The PS4 has sold 115.11 million units lifetime, the Switch 80.37 million units, and the Xbox One 49.91 million.

Looking at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 currently leads. The PlayStation 4 has a 46.9 percent market share, the Switch sits at 32.8 percent, and the Xbox One at 20.3 percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 115,107,617

Switch Total Sales: 80,370,221

Xbox One Total Sales: 49,907,620

Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - February 2021

During the month of February 2021, the Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 by 1.50 million units for the month and the Xbox One by 1.61 million units. The PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One by 114,725 units.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago, the Switch is up, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are down. The Nintendo Switch is up 666,104 units (64.2%), the PlayStation 4 is down 384,347 units (-65.3%) and the Xbox One is down 121,236 units (-57.5%).

Looking at the marketshare, the Switch managed to achieve 85.3 percent of the monthly sales. The PlayStation 4 accounted for 10.2 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One 4.5 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 204,393

Switch Monthly Sales: 1,703,701

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 89,668

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched in November 2013, while the Switch launched three years and four months later in March 2017.

As a reminder, VGChartz tracks consoles sold to consumers and not units shipped.

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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siebensus4 (on 16 March 2021)

PS4 should be the first Sony console which won't sell well after the successor's launch.

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Bofferbrauer2 siebensus4 (on 16 March 2021)

It doesn't have the same circumstances as the previous ones:
PSOne sold well after launch of the PS2 due to being dirt cheap.
PS2 did well due to the very high price of the PS3 and lack of games early on.
PS3 did well because it was a late bloomer in general and had accumulated a big library of games which couldn't be played on the PS4.

The PS4 has neither of these advantages, it's not much cheaper than the digital edition and still pretty much the same price as it had 3 years ago, PS5 ain't punishingly expensive either, it wasn't a late bloomer and the PS5 is backwards compatible to the PS4. In other words, there's no real reason to opt for a new PS4, especially since many new PS5 owners are certainly selling their PS4s for cheaper.

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SvenTheTurkey Bofferbrauer2 (on 17 March 2021)

The ps2 being a 100 dollar dvd player/game console with tons of games helped. At the time of the 499/599 ps3 launch, the ps2 was the better deal.

But yeah the ps5 is essentially a drop in replacement for ps4. It's a ps4 plus it plays new games. I had a feeling if the ps5 had a strong start, the ps4 wouldn't last long.

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Elputoxd siebensus4 (on 16 March 2021)

Sony doesn't want to cut its price to 199 so everyone just goes for the PS5. Their past consoles did have price cuts.

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SvenTheTurkey Elputoxd (on 17 March 2021)

Which is exactly what they want. It's smart. Better to build the new install base rather than encourage sales of the outgoing console.

The only reason to drop the price of the ps4 would be to clear out inventory. They shouldn't have trouble with that though.

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Original (on 17 March 2021)

Switch will outsell PS4 very soon

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Amnesia (on 16 March 2021)

I keep saying that SWITCH starts its definitive decline THIS WEEK. It can't keep the pace against Animal Crossing + 2020 lockdowns.

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eddy7eddy Amnesia (on 16 March 2021)

Not sure if sarcastic or just fantasy... hmm...

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AJNShelton Amnesia (on 16 March 2021)

You mean just in time for Monster Hunter release ? Right

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SvenTheTurkey Amnesia (on 17 March 2021)

I don't see the switch slipping much from last year. The momentum is too strong. It might be down in April 2021 vs 2020. But it has a pretty big buffer to counteract that for this year.

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