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Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - September 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 September 2020 shows the PS4 is currently ahead of the Switch by 47.99 million units and ahead of the Xbox One by 65.36 million units. The Switch has outsold the PS4 in every month since the middle of 2019.

The PS4 is 4.99 million units away from outselling the Game Boy, which sold 118.69 million units lifetime. The Switch is 10.10 million away from outselling the 3DS, which has sold 75.81 million units to date. The Xbox One is 0.76 million away from outselling the SNES, which sold 49.10 million units lifetime.

The Switch passed the 65 million mark and the PS4 the 113 million mark. The PS4 has sold 113.70 million units lifetime, the Switch 65.71 million units, and the Xbox One 48.34 million units.

Looking at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 currently leads. The PlayStation 4 has a 49.9 percent market share, the Switch sits at 28.9 percent, and the Xbox One at 21.2 percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 113,703,751

Switch Total Sales: 65,713,911

Xbox One Total Sales: 48,339,703

During the month of September 2020, the Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 by 1.41 million units for the month and the Xbox One by 1.97 million units. The PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One by 564,317 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 564,287 units (+36.3%), the PlayStation 4 is down 182,942 units (-20.6%) and the Xbox One is down 93,943 units (-39.68%).

Looking at the marketshare, the Switch managed to achieve 71.4 percent of the monthly sales. The PlayStation 4 accounted for 23.8 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One 4.8 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 707,100

Switch Monthly Sales: 2,116,934

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 142,783

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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Selling 2m+ a month is never a bad thing, especially outside of the holiday quarter.



Over 2 million in a month outside the holiday season and without a price cut or a new model or anything like that is just nuts.



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

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PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - Gap Shrinks in September 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: 589,522 - PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 4,991,737 - PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 13,601,505 - PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 148,441,949

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 162,043,454

In September 2020, 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 589,522 units. In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 4.99 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 13.60 million units.

The 83rd month for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is September 2020, while for the Xbox 360 it is September 2012 and for the PlayStation 3 it is September 2013. This does mean the holiday periods for all four consoles are lined up.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 83 months sold a combined 148.4 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 162.04 million units. It took until month 94 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 11.18 million units away from surpassing the PS3 and X360.



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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Switch Closes Gap in September 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: 1,247,433 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 6,132,959 - Switch

Total Lead: 4,665,533 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 65,713,911

Wii Total Sales: 70,379,444

September 2020 is the 43rd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap by 1.25 million units when you align the launches of the two consoles. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 6.13 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 4.67 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 43rd month for the Nintendo Switch is September 2020 and for the Wii it is May 2010. The Switch has sold 65.71 million units, while the Wii sold 70.38 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 39.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 35.92 million units to outsell the Wii.



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Switch sells well enough to cross the Wii again in month 46. Going to fall behind in month 50, but not by much. Afterwards the Wii will be quickly beaten for good.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Gamers Club

The holiday quarter will be quite interesting to watch; If it is high enough, the Switch will stay ahead of the Wii for good.



Switch closing the gap with the Wii during the latter's boom years is impressive indeed. It'll almost certainly have longer legs, but the Wii was a beast in the sprint.



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Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in September 2020

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS.

Switch Vs. 3DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,629,129 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 15,661,390 - Switch

Total Lead: 21,764,138 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 65,713,911

3DS Total Sales: 43,949,773

September 2020 is the 43rd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.63 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 15.66 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 21.76 million units.

The 3DS launched in February 2011 (however, 3DS sales have been aligned to March 2011, since it only launched at the end of February in Japan), while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. This does mean the holidays for the two platforms do lineup.

The 43rd month for the Nintendo Switch is September 2020 and for the Nintendo 3DS it is September 2014. The Switch has sold 65.71 million units, while the 3DS sold 43.95 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS did not reach current Switch sales until month 76.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.81 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch is currently 10.1 million units behind the lifetime sales of the 3DS.



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Switch vs 3DS Sales Comparison - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in September 2020

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS.

Switch Vs. 3DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,629,129 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 15,661,390 - Switch

Total Lead: 21,764,138 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 65,713,911

3DS Total Sales: 43,949,773

September 2020 is the 43rd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Switch by 1.63 million units when compared to the 3DS during the same timeframe and by 15.66 million units in favor of the Switch in the last 12 months. The Switch is currently ahead of the 3DS by 21.76 million units.

The 3DS launched in February 2011 (however, 3DS sales have been aligned to March 2011, since it only launched at the end of February in Japan), while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. This does mean the holidays for the two platforms do lineup.

The 43rd month for the Nintendo Switch is September 2020 and for the Nintendo 3DS it is September 2014. The Switch has sold 65.71 million units, while the 3DS sold 43.95 million units during the same timeframe. The 3DS did not reach current Switch sales until month 76.

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 75.81 million units to date. The Nintendo Switch is currently 10.1 million units behind the lifetime sales of the 3DS.

Switch falling up that cliff; should reach the top and pass 3DS before the end of the year if shortages don't throttle sales.

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