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Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - August 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of the ‘Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Worldwide’ article. This series compares the monthly and lifetime retail sales of the three main consoles - the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Looking at the total sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch through August 2020 shows the PS4 is currently ahead of the Switch by 49.56 million units and ahead of the Xbox One by 64.74 million units. However, the Switch has outsold the PS4 monthly for over a year now.

The PS4 is 5.73 million units away from outselling the Game Boy, which sold 118.69 million units lifetime. The Switch is 12.38 million away from outselling the 3DS, which has sold 75.78 million units to date. The Xbox One is 0.88 million away from outselling the SNES, which sold 49.10 million units lifetime.

The Switch passed the 63 million mark. The PS4 has sold 112.96 million units lifetime, the Switch 63.40 million units, and the Xbox One 48.22 million units.

Looking at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 currently leads. The PlayStation 4 has a 50.3 percent market share, the Switch sits at 28.2 percent, and the Xbox One at 21.5 percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 112,959,251

Switch Total Sales: 63,403,962

Xbox One Total Sales: 48,219,820

During the month of August 2020, the Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 by 916,524 units for the month and the Xbox One by 1.75 million units. The PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One by 1.34 million units.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago, the Switch is up, while the PS4 and Xbox One are down. The Nintendo Switch is up 464,671 units (+48.3%), the PlayStation 4 is down 396,868 units (-43.7%) and the Xbox One is down 91,153 units (-50.1%).

Looking at the marketshare, the Switch managed to achieve 70.3 percent of the monthly sales. The PlayStation 4 accounted for 25.2 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One 4.5 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 511,063

Switch Monthly Sales: 1,427,587

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 90,680

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched in November 2013, while the Switch launched three years and four months later in March 2017.

As a reminder, VGChartz tracks consoles sold to consumers and not units shipped.



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this holiday for the switch is going to be mental



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kirby007 said:
this holiday for the switch is going to be mental

At this point it is looking like what will limit sales of the Switch this holiday is the number of units Nintendo is able to ship to retailers. 



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I expect a lower november but when PS5 and XSX run out of stock Dec will be HUGE



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Do you make the regional graphs after we get NPD data?



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Do you make the regional graphs after we get NPD data?

I like to wait to do the US charts until after we get NPD numbers.



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I expect a lower november but when PS5 and XSX run out of stock Dec will be HUGE

IIRC, it isn't uncommon for existing systems to beat out the newer ones. Switch could beat both systems just on the fact they'll have more units available and have a larger library. Switch's sales are going to come down to if they actually have a holiday title or not. 



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PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - Gap Shrinks in August 2020

This monthly series compares the combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with the combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Gap change in latest month: 221,249 – PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 4,815,387 – PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 14,176,527 – PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 147,002,544

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 161,179,071

In August 2020, the gap grew in favor of the combined sales PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the last month by 221,249 units. In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 4.82 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 14.18 million units.

The 82nd month for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is August 2020, while for the Xbox 360 it is August 2012 and for the PlayStation 3 it is August 2013. This does mean the holiday periods for all four consoles are lined up.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 82 months sold a combined 147.00 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 160.18 million units. It took until month 92 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 to sell as many units as the current PS4 and Xbox One sales.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sold a combined 173.22 million units lifetime. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are currently 12.04 million units away from surpassing the PS3 and X360.



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At this point with the covid boost being at least mostly over, the 360 having an extra year and both Sony and Microsoft seeming like they'll stop producing many current gen systems soon the gap should now shrink every month and when the PS4 and Xbone reach their final sales the difference will probably be small. If stock stops being produced soon enough I could even see gen 7 winning in the end by a couple million or so which would be quite the reversal from an almost 25 million deficit at the peak. Either way the totals for both will be similar which shows that combined sales for PS and Xbox consoles have been stable which while kinda disappointing considering population growth and maturing markets is far better than a decline. I wonder if combined gen 9 PS and Xbox sales will also be stable or will expand or even shrink instead.

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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap in August 2020

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Wii.

Switch Vs. Wii Global:

Gap change in latest month: 570,634 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,461,445 - Switch

Total Lead: 6,105,981 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 63,403,962

Wii Total Sales: 69,509,943

August 2020 is the 42nd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap by 570,634 units when you align the launches of the two consoles. In the last 12 months the Switch has outsold the Wii by 5.46 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 6.11 million units.

The Wii launched in November 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

The 42nd month for the Nintendo Switch is August 2020 and for the Wii it is April 2010. The Switch has sold 63.40 million units, while the Wii sold 69.51 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 38.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 38.23 million units to outsell the Wii.



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