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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - May 2022

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - May 2022 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 June 2022 / 5,859 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 2022

Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - May 2022

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 2,495 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 4,596,228 - Switch

Total Lead: 15,686,899 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 108,450,104

PS4 Total Sales: 92,763,205

May 2022 is the 63rd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by just 2,495 units when compared to the PS4 during the same timeframe.

In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PS4 by 4.60 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PS4 by 15.69 million units.

The 63rd month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is May 2022, while for the PlayStation 4 it is January 2019. The Switch has sold 108.45 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 92.76 million units during the same timeframe.

The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 78 where it sold 109.27 million units.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 116.90 million units through May 2022. The Nintendo Switch is currently 8.45 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 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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7 Comments
PaulGaleNetwork (on 18 June 2022)

Nintendo Switch will pass up PlayStation 4 and Game Boy by the end of this November, and be at approximately 128 million come March 31st, 2023.

At that point, it only needs another 32m to reach 160m, easily beating the Nintendo DS and PlayStation 2.

It’s going to be interesting!

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Doctor_MG (on 18 June 2022)

This graph shows how guaranteed 135M units is for the Switch. If Nintendo hit their forecast for this FY, the gap will be a massive 20M units. The Switch would have to have a 66% reduction YoY for the Switch not to hit 135M at that point.

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Torpoleon Doctor_MG (on 18 June 2022)

Frankly, 150m should be the minimum for Switch as long as they hold off on releasing a successor for at least 2 years. 128m by March 2023 and then I'm guessing about 17m for the next FY, which would lead to 145 million by March 2024. Not that hard to sell at least 5 million consoles after that for the remainder of its life. Hopefully they can hold off the successor until Late 2024 at the earliest (still prefer 2025).

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CourageTCD (on 18 June 2022)

Pretty close gap between May 2022 Switch and January 2019 PS4. Was there a big game release in January 2019 for PS4?

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Kakadu18 CourageTCD (on 19 June 2022)

RE2 is the only one I can think of but it isn't really a system seller.

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Kristof81 (5 days ago)
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Jumpin (5 days ago)

I’m not the best at examining numbers and charts…. But this looks like an exciting race. Those red and blue lines are like 1cm apart! I wonder who will win?!?

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