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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - September 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - September 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 November 2021 / 2,725 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 - September 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - September 2021

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - September 2021

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 467,153 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 6,911,330 - Switch

Total Lead: 12,137,893 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 91,563,736

PS4 Total Sales: 79,425,843

September 2021 is the 55th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 467,153 units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 6.91 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 12.14 million units.

The 55th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is September 2021, while for the PlayStation 4 it is May 2018. The Switch has sold 91.56 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 79.43 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 62 where it sold 91.81 million units.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 116.49 million units through September 2021. The Nintendo Switch is currently 24.93 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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5 Comments
CourageTCD (on 04 November 2021)

I remember this graph when it was a double helix fight between Switch and PS4. Looking this graph nowadays, it get me thinking of how time passes by fast, how things changed from when then and now, not only regarding the Switch vs PS4 fight but also in my life

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Kakadu18 CourageTCD (on 05 November 2021)

Time flies.

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SvenTheTurkey CourageTCD (on 05 November 2021)

Much like how the switch/ps4 dna is breaking apart, ours is too. Really makes you appreciate every moment when you look at this chart.

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PAOerfulone (on 06 November 2021)

Man, I remember when this was a steady, back and forth affair that could have gone either way.

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RolStoppable PAOerfulone (on 06 November 2021)

Switch grew its lead at every 12-month-intervall. From 2m it went to 4m, from 4m to 6m, so after three years there was a clear trend established with no slowing down in sight for Switch. A few additional million sales due to COVID merely settled things for good a bit earlier than the existing trend suggested.

The misaligned holiday seasons made it look like Switch has been the underdog for the majority of time due to its temporary leads only lasting about three months each time, but proper interpretation of the data had the PS4 as the more likely loser in this race. All PS4 leads were based on the PS4 having one more holiday season than Switch, every time the amount of holiday seasons was equal, it was Switch that was ahead.

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