Switch vs PS4 – VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2017 Update

December 2017 is the 10th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month the gap grew in favor of the Switch during the same time frame by 3.96 million units when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe. The Switch is currently ahead the PlayStation 4 by 2.93 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. The Switch has sold 13.36 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 10.43 million units during the same timeframe.

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PhoenixUp43d ago

The impossible has happened

TekoIie42d ago

Yeah this was beyond anything expected before the Switch launched. I think I made a 40-60 mil lifetime prediction but if this keeps up then it'll easily surpass that.

getbacktogaming42d ago

I'm very happy for the Switch hoping to see a ton of third party support for it as a result in coming years :)

ABizzel142d ago

It's not really the impossible.

1. The Switch launched with a great Year 1 line-up of Nintendo IP's.
2. It's rumored to be Nintendo's only device for the gen (if you combine 3DS + Wii U sales, it's tracking on par)
3. It's a handheld form factor (which is their strongest market), that can connect to your TV.
4. NVIDIA had the perfect roadmap for Nintendo, with their Tegra devices.

5. Last and certainly not least, month's 9 and 10 for Switch are holiday sales. PS4 won't see that holiday boost until months 12 and 13, so Switch jumped PS4 for the time being, but in 2 - 3 months PS4 will jump right back ahead of Switch.

Switch is doing very well, because of those 5 reasons.

Mungamingzone42d ago

Huh !! The ps4 launched in November right before the holidays of 2013 so both system have had a one holiday sales !! I dont see your point there ! Still the switch did better !

ABizzel142d ago


Im going to give a simple example.

Two companies can only produce 1 million consoles per month, and both companies sell best during the holiday.

Company A, launched November.
Company B launched March.

Company A could only produce 2 million consoles to sell during the “holiday season”.

Company B sold out 2 million consoles in March and April.

You have a drought for 2 months but still produced 1 million consoles, but production has picked up and you are now able to make 2 million consoles per month.

It is now 7 months later. Company A is ready for July, meanwhile company B is ready for November.

Company A has 12m consoles ready for sell, and so does company B.

However since it’s the holiday season for Company B, they are able to sell more than company A in the same time frame because company B is able to reap the benefits of a having a fully stocked console in its first holiday, meanwhile company A will not be fully stocked for a holiday release until 12 months after its initial launch.

That’s the difference, and that’s why come month 12 and months 13 PS4 will see a huge spike while Switch will see an average monthly increase.

Ristul42d ago

Good to see Nintendo back in business. Now they only need to keep releasing games of the quality we saw in Breath of the Wild and the like.

FyBy42d ago

Wow, thats impressive! I thought, that tegra X1 was bad move (was hoping for X2), but Nintendo again and again shows, that hardware is not that much important.

ILostMyMind42d ago

If Switch get a price frio i'd buy one.

Cyborgg42d ago (Edited 42d ago )

The Switch should surpass the Xbox one in two years