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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - April 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - April 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 June 2021 / 2,768 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 PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. 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.

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.

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - April 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - April 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - April 2021

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,594,229 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 9,017,604 - Switch

Total Lead: 11,351,550 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 84,880,177

PS4 Total Sales: 73,528,627

April 2021 is the 50th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 by 1.59 million units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 9.02 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 11.35 million units.

The 50th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is April 2021, while for the PlayStation 4 it is December 2017. The Switch has sold 84.88 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 73.53 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 60.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 115.52 million units through March 2021. The Nintendo Switch is currently 30.64 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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7 Comments
Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 May 2021)

By the end of this year, the Switchs hould have about a 20M advantage over the PS4 launch-aligned.

Who would have thought that a couple years ago considering how well the PS4 was selling back then. But the Switch is just in another league when it comes to sales...

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siebensus4 (on 22 May 2021)

Switch should outsell PS4 lifetime sales during next year, probably even before holidays.

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CheddarPlease (on 22 May 2021)

And to think that a certain user made a comment back in February 2018 that the Switch would be at 88.1 million this month. Well contrary to popular expectations at the time, it seems he wasn't far off...

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Chicho CheddarPlease (on 22 May 2021)

He made that prediction at month 10., that's 40 months! I am convinced he has a crystal ball. We are on to you Rol.

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RolStoppable Chicho (on 24 May 2021)

That wasn't a prediction. It's the kind of thing I read on NFL.com and make fun of every now and then. An NFL writer would say, "Linebacker has 6 sacks through 2 games, he is on pace for an NFL record of 48 sacks in the season." But of course reality does not play out like that, because such a small sample size rarely gets you in the correct ballpark.

So what's linked above is nothing more than a basic example of "current data multiplied by 5" and you'll quickly realize that if you do the maths yourself. This one did end up in the correct ballpark, but I am not going to take credit for a good prediction that wasn't meant to be an actual prediction in the first place. A flaw that you should notice is that the "10 months multiplied by 5" assumes five holiday seasons when actually only four were going to occur.

Here's a prediction from March 2017: https://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8360276

This one puts Switch at approximately 71 million through April 2021 and 87 million by the end of 2021. That's off by more than 10 million units as we now know. Lifecycle before replacement will also be longer than originally expected, so 7+ years now.

Consequently, this changes the original "100m+ for sure and probably more than the PS4" to "more than 140m for sure and probably more than the PS2." What has remained the same is that it's much easier to predict Switch's floor than its ceiling, so I leave it unanswered how far Switch can go.

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progstarmac (on 24 May 2021)

The Switch is in a higher level compared with everything that we have seen.

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