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Welcome everyone to the VGChartz Gap Charts February 2021 Discussion Thread. This thread is a place for everyone to discuss the latest VGChartz Gap Charts articles for the month of February 2021. Everyone is welcome to post Gap Charts articles I haven't done so yet.  You can view the ones currently posted here

Previous months:

You can read the complete first article and analysis here:

Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - February 2021

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 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Looking at the total sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch through February 2021 shows how the Switch has been consistently gaining on the lifetime PS4 sales and growing its lead over the Xbox One for well over a year now. The PS4 is ahead of the Switch by 34.7 million units and the Xbox One by 65.2 million units. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox One by 30.5 million

The PS4 is 3.58 million units away from outselling the Game Boy, which sold 118.69 million units lifetime. The Switch is 0.72 million units away from outselling the PSP, which has sold 81.09 million units lifetime. The Xbox One is 92,380 units away from crossing 50 million units sold.

The PlayStation 4 crossed the 115 million mark and the Switch passed the 80 million mark. The PS4 has sold 115.11 million units lifetime, the Switch 80.37 million units, and the Xbox One 49.91 million.

Looking at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 currently leads. The PlayStation 4 has a 46.9 percent market share, the Switch sits at 32.8 percent, and the Xbox One at 20.3 percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 115,107,617

Switch Total Sales: 80,370,221

Xbox One Total Sales: 49,907,620

During the month of February 2021, the Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 by 1.50 million units for the month and the Xbox One by 1.61 million units. The PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One by 114,725 units.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago, the Switch is up, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are down. The Nintendo Switch is up 666,104 units (64.2%), the PlayStation 4 is down 384,347 units (-65.3%) and the Xbox One is down 121,236 units (-57.5%).

Looking at the marketshare, the Switch managed to achieve 85.3 percent of the monthly sales. The PlayStation 4 accounted for 10.2 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One 4.5 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 204,393

Switch Monthly Sales: 1,703,701

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 89,668

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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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - February 2021

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: 1,015,998 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 9,623,183 - Switch

Total Lead: 6,505,620 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 80,370,221

Wii Total Sales: 73,864,601

February 2021 is the 48th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the Switch has grown its lead by 1.02 million units when compared to the launch aligned sales of the Wii. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 9.62 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the Wii by 6.51 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 48th month for the Nintendo Switch is February and for the Wii it is October 2010. The Switch has sold 80.37 million units, while the Wii sold 73.86 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 50.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 21.26 million units to outsell the Wii.



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Wii sold just over 8m in Nov/Dec, so Switch wont even need Aprils sales to stay in the lead.



Switch needs roughly 1.8 milion within the next 2 month to keep the lead after Wii 2010 holiday. That will happen for sure. No way Switch will be selling less unless very very strange things happen.

Seems like Switch will have outsold Wii lifetime numbers end of december 2021, so even before its 5th birthday. Amazing.



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PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - February 2021

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: 561,184 - PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,210,525 - PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 6,122,187 - PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 158,893,050

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 165,015,237

In February 2021, the gap grew in favor of the combined sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the last month by 561,184 units. In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 7.21 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 6.12 million units.

The 97th month for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is February 2021, while for the Xbox 360 it is February 2013 and for the PlayStation 3 it is February 2014. This does mean the holiday periods for all four consoles are lined up.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 88 months sold a combined 158.89 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 165.02 million units. It took until month 98 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 8.20 million units away from surpassing the PS3 and X360.



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Still not sure whether or not PS4/Xbone can crawl to PS360 numbers or if their lead will aligned evaporate as neither of the 8th gen twins seems to be showing strong post-replacement legs.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

curl-6 said:

Still not sure whether or not PS4/Xbone can crawl to PS360 numbers or if their lead will aligned evaporate as neither of the 8th gen twins seems to be showing strong post-replacement legs.

It will be close either way. It really depends on how long the PS4 and Xbox One remain available. 



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The gap will probably be around 1 million, but the actual winner is still uncertain.



xbox one will not make more than 1M more lifetime, and PS4 the way it's going I don't know if it will reach even the Gameboy.
Either way XB1&PS4 will be behind by about 5M lifetime.



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Switch vs DS Sales Comparison - February 2021

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

Switch Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 27,196 - DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 664,027 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,368,877 - DS

Switch Total Sales: 80,370,221

DS Total Sales: 81,739,098

February 2021 is the 48th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the DS by 27,196 units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the Switch has caught up to the DS by 664,027units. The DS is ahead of the Switch by 1.37 million units.

The DS launched in November 2004 in North America, December 2004 in Japan, and March 2005 in Europe, 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.

The 48th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is February 2021, while for the DS it is October 2008. The Switch has sold 80.37 million units, while the DS sold 81.74 million units during the same timeframe.

The Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million units lifetime. The Nintendo Switch is currently 73.65 million units behind the lifetime sales of the DS.

Last edited by trunkswd - on 22 March 2021

VGChartz Sales Analyst and Writer - William D'Angelo - I stream on Twitch and have my own YoutubeFollow me on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Writer of the Gap Charts | Weekly Hardware Breakdown Top 10 | Weekly Sales Analysis | Marketshare Features, as well as daily news on the Video Game Industry.