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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - January 2022

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - January 2022 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 March 2022 / 3,178 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 - January 2022

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - January 2022

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 142,876 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,731,654 - Switch

Total Lead: 19,737,376 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 103,445,620

PS4 Total Sales: 83,708,244

January 22 is the 58th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 142,876 units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 5.73 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 19.74 million units.

The 59th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is January 2022, while for the PlayStation 4 it is September 2018. The Switch has sold 103.45 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 83.71 million units during the same timeframe.

The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 73 where it sold 103.69 million units.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 116.61 million units through January 2022. The Nintendo Switch is currently 13.16 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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9 Comments
JWeinCom (on 18 February 2022)

Very much did not except the Switch to do this well. I thought it was going to be kind of a stopgap to salvage the rest of the generation and sell respectably (60-70 million) before they launched their next system. Happy to be proven wrong.

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Kakadu18 JWeinCom (on 18 February 2022)

Almost no one expected this. I remember Nintendo announcing back in 2017 that they were relieved that the Switch was selling well.

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SanAndreasX Kakadu18 (on 20 February 2022)

But the cliff! The cliff!

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SvenTheTurkey Kakadu18 (on 21 February 2022)

Certainly not. I would have expected something like 100 million when it was revealed given the hybrid concept. Anyone that said we would be considering whether it can outsell the PS2 or DS would have been called an idiot or insane.

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SanAndreasX SvenTheTurkey (on 21 February 2022)

That's absolutely mind blowing that we're talking about the Switch taking on the PS2. Just a few years ago very few believed it would outsell the PS4.

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SvenTheTurkey SanAndreasX (on 21 February 2022)

Exactly. Even if it falls short, it's already a triumph for it to be in consideration.

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SanAndreasX SvenTheTurkey (on 21 February 2022)

At the very least, the Switch is guaranteed to be in the Top 3. That is, as long as the cliff doesn't happen. XD

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SanAndreasX (on 18 February 2022)

When do we think the Switch will pass the PS4? Remember, that nasty Cliff should show up any day now... any day now...

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trunkswd SanAndreasX (on 18 February 2022)

Depending on how much the shortages effect Switch production I'd guess sometime in October.

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