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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - May 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - May 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 July 2021 / 2,834 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 - May 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - May 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - May 2021

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 188,334 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,989,929 - Switch

Total Lead: 11,395,884 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 86,323,860

PS4 Total Sales: 74,927,976

May 2021 is the 51st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 188,334 units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 7.99 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 11.40 million units.

The 51st month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is May  2021, while for the PlayStation 4 it is January 2018. The Switch has sold 86.32 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 74.93 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 61.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 115.65 million units through May 2021. The Nintendo Switch is currently 29.33 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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6 Comments
Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 June 2021)

Switch is really on another level right now.

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Kakadu18 (on 23 June 2021)

I think the Switch can outsell the PS4 in Q3 2022, August or September I'd say.

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eddy7eddy (on 22 June 2021)

I like this graphs to give me an idea how much Switch can sell at the end, is still hard to believe Switch can surpass PS4 next year.

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Greenfox eddy7eddy (on 22 June 2021)

Well, actually nintendo predicted to reach 110 by March 2022.And seeing as switch's 2021 is no different from 2020 (2%+ YoY, currently), I don't think those are far off forecasts. Depends on many factors, certainly, but I see it as very likely.

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eddy7eddy Greenfox (on 23 June 2021)

Yeah me too, is just amazing the pace.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 17 July 2021)

I think something happened with the chart, at least for me it's showing now PS5 vs PS3 instead of Switch vs PS4

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