The Playstation 4 is currently the second best selling home console of all time, second only to the Playstation 2, with a staggering 110 million units sold worldwide. The Nintendo Switch launched over 3 years later and has already sold over 55 million units. According to the VGChartz Gap charts, the Nintendo Switch is currently outselling the PS4 at the same point in its life cycle in the US.
The current stats as of May 2020 show;
Switch Vs. PS4 US:
Gap change in latest month: 457,845 – Switch
Gap change over last 12 months: 2,925,730 – Switch
Total Lead: 2,108,772 – Switch
Switch Total Sales: 19,980,811
PS4 Total Sales: 17,872,039
The Nintendo Switch is currently over 2 million units ahead of the PS4 at the same point. A lot of that could also be attributed to the current COVID-19 pandemic which lined up with the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which would have been a system seller in its own right, but with more people at home, we have seen a huge increase in gaming sales.
In the last month, the Switch sold 457,845 more units than the PS4, and in the last 12 months, the Switch has grown its lead by 2.93 million units. The Switch currently leads by 2.11 million units.
It will be interesting to see how the Nintendo Switch does once the next generation of consoles are released later this year. The Nintendo Switch was already under-powered compared to the PS4 and Xbox One and will be even more so with the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The saving grace is that players buy Nintendo consoles for the first party games rather than the specs. But without many major titles in the works, Nintendo might start to see sales slip over the holiday period as they have two new console launches to compete with.
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