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Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - October 2021

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - October 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 December 2021 / 1,834 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 US sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.

The PS4 launched in the US on November 15, 2013, while the Switch launched on March 3, 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - October 2021

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - October 2021

Switch vs PS4 in the US Sales Comparison - October 2021

Switch Vs. PS4 US:

Gap change in latest month: 418,924 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,485,690 - Switch

Total Lead: 6,913,524 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 31,751,257

PS4 Total Sales: 24,837,733

October 2021 is the 56th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap in the US between the Switch and PlayStation 4 grew in favor of the Switch when you align launches. The Switch sold 418,924 more units than the PS4 in the last month. In the last 12 months, the Switch has grown its lead by 3.49 million units. The Switch currently leads by 6.91 million units.

The 56th month on sale for the Switch is October 2021, while for the PS4 it is June 2018. The Switch has sold 31.75 million units, while the PS4 sold 24.84 million units during the same timeframe.

The PS4 did not reach the current Switch sales until month 74 where it sold a total of 32.18 million units.

The PS4 has been available for 96 months in the US and has sold 35.07 million units. The Switch is currently 3.32 million units behind the lifetime sales of the PS4.


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
javi741 (on 05 December 2021)

Switch has a huge lead considering its up against the PS4 which was wildly successful, wow. 18 month lead and that's WITH the PS4 having 5 holiday seasons for its first 56 months while the Switch only had 4 up to this point. Switch will likely outsell PS4 in the U.S by the end of this year.

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PAOerfulone (on 05 December 2021)

Is this the biggest lead the Switch has ever had?

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Kakadu18 PAOerfulone (on 05 December 2021)

It's not gonna stop growing.

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Agente42 PAOerfulone (on 06 December 2021)

Japan is bigger

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