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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - March 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - March 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 May 2021 / 2,264 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 - March 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - March 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - March 2021

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,045,419 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 8,403,736 - Switch

Total Lead: 13,388,333 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 82,927,448

PS4 Total Sales: 69,539,115

March 2021 is the 49th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 by 1.05 million units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 8.40 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 13.39 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 49th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is March 2021, while for the PlayStation 4 it is November 2017. The Switch has sold 82.93 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 69.54 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 59.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 115.31 million units through March 2021. The Nintendo Switch is currently 32.38 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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4 Comments
xMetroid (on 27 April 2021)

The fact that Switch only lost 1 million in a March vs November battle, knowing November is a really strong month for Sony usually. Switch will keep growing it's lead this year since PS4 peaked in 2017 and Switch is battling for it's own in 2021

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javi741 (on 27 April 2021)

Switch will probably have a 40M unit lead when all said and done.

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AFattyGamer (on 28 April 2021)

Nintendo Switch should outsell Sony PS4 by mid 2022 I imagine. Keep it up Nintendo :) Eyes on the horizon.

  • +4
Alistair (on 28 April 2021)

So when does the website update the top left corner's graphs? At the one year mark?

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