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Welcome everyone to the VGChartz Gap Charts June 2020 Discussion Thread. This thread is a place for everyone to discuss the latest VGChartz Gap Charts articles for the month of June 2020. Everyone is welcome to post Gap Charts articles I haven't done so yet.  You can view the ones currently posted here

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Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - October 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 October 2020 shows the PS4 is currently ahead of the Switch by 46.02 million units and ahead of the Xbox One by 65.31 million units. The Switch has consistently outsold the PS4 to close the gap since the middle of 2019.

The PS4 is 4.90 million units away from outselling the Game Boy, which sold 118.69 million units lifetime. The Switch is 8.05 million away from outselling the 3DS, which has sold 75.82 million units to date. The Xbox One is 0.63 million away from outselling the SNES, which sold 49.10 million units lifetime.

The Switch passed the 67 million mark. The PS4 has sold 113.79 million units lifetime, the Switch 67.77 million units, and the Xbox One 48.47 million units.

Looking at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 currently leads. The PlayStation 4 has a 49.5 percent market share, the Switch sits at 29.4 percent, and the Xbox One at 21.1 percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 113,786,725

Switch Total Sales: 67,766,535

Xbox One Total Sales: 48,472,546

During the month of October 2020, the Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 by 1.67 million units for the month and the Xbox One by 2.08 million units. The PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One by 412,474 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 1,062,001 units (+90.2%), the PlayStation 4 is down 230,381 units (-28.8%) and the Xbox One is down 55,209 units (-26.0%).

Looking at the marketshare, the Switch managed to achieve 75.5 percent of the monthly sales. The PlayStation 4 accounted for 19.2 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One 5.3 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 569,611

Switch Monthly Sales: 2,239,658

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 157,137

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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PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - October 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: 451,306 - PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,204,199 - PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 12,639,268 - PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 149,620,003

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 162,259,271

In October 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 451,306 units. In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 5.20 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 12.64 million units.

The 84th month for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is October 2020, while for the Xbox 360 it is October 2012 and for the PlayStation 3 it is October 2013. This does mean the holiday periods for all four consoles are lined up.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 84 months sold a combined 149.62 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 162.26 million units. It took until month 95 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 10.96 million units away from surpassing the PS3 and X360.



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trunkswd said:

Gap change in latest month: 451,306 - PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,204,199 - PS3 & X360

Interesting one given how nicely aligned all the launches are... and PS3 > PS4 transition is exactly the same number of months as PS4 > PS5.

Given the X360 was still a year away from being replaced though, this gap will keep shrinking. I suspect it may fall below 10 million in the next 2 months due to X360s final pre-X1 holiday. And will continue to fall in the following months, but despite the quicker slowdown the PS4+X1 should just squeeze out the overall win probably finishing with the lead in the 5-7.5 million range.



HigHurtenflurst said:
trunkswd said:

Gap change in latest month: 451,306 - PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,204,199 - PS3 & X360

Interesting one given how nicely aligned all the launches are... and PS3 > PS4 transition is exactly the same number of months as PS4 > PS5.

Given the X360 was still a year away from being replaced though, this gap will keep shrinking. I suspect it may fall below 10 million in the next 2 months due to X360s final pre-X1 holiday. And will continue to fall in the following months, but despite the quicker slowdown the PS4+X1 should just squeeze out the overall win probably finishing with the lead in the 5-7.5 million range.

I'd expect the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S to sell similar combined numbers lifetime as the PS3 and Xbox 360, and PS4 and Xbox One.



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October | EMEAA Charts Nintendo Switch console sales up 77% in October 2020 vs 2019

I did not do the math on PS4/XBO, but it looks like NSW may be slightly under-tracked in Europe on VGC for October?  Not sure which exact markets the EMEAA reporting covers, but they say NSW is up 77% YoY in October 2020 vs. 2019.

VGC's 4 October weeks come out to 335K in 2019 and 570K in 2020, which is up 7%.  So if the 77% figure fits in here, there are 20-25K additional units to be accounted for.

Also, we know that the US market has been up a bit stronger over 2019 than Europe as a whole.  October 2019 NPD was 309K.  The same increase in the US gets us to 546K, so we could be going higher than that.



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October | EMEAA Charts Nintendo Switch console sales up 77% in October 2020 vs 2019

I did not do the math on PS4/XBO, but it looks like NSW may be slightly under-tracked in Europe on VGC for October?  Not sure which exact markets the EMEAA reporting covers, but they say NSW is up 77% YoY in October 2020 vs. 2019.

VGC's 4 October weeks come out to 335K in 2019 and 570K in 2020, which is up 7%.  So if the 77% figure fits in here, there are 20-25K additional units to be accounted for.

Also, we know that the US market has been up a bit stronger over 2019 than Europe as a whole.  October 2019 NPD was 309K.  The same increase in the US gets us to 546K, so we could be going higher than that.

That is the first time I've seen a EMEAA chart.  I like that the break down physical and digital into separate charts.



The_Liquid_Laser said:
mk7sx said:

October | EMEAA Charts Nintendo Switch console sales up 77% in October 2020 vs 2019

I did not do the math on PS4/XBO, but it looks like NSW may be slightly under-tracked in Europe on VGC for October?  Not sure which exact markets the EMEAA reporting covers, but they say NSW is up 77% YoY in October 2020 vs. 2019.

VGC's 4 October weeks come out to 335K in 2019 and 570K in 2020, which is up 7%.  So if the 77% figure fits in here, there are 20-25K additional units to be accounted for.

Also, we know that the US market has been up a bit stronger over 2019 than Europe as a whole.  October 2019 NPD was 309K.  The same increase in the US gets us to 546K, so we could be going higher than that.

That is the first time I've seen a EMEAA chart.  I like that the break down physical and digital into separate charts.

Sep 2020

May have only started doing this kind of article in September.



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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison - Switch Closes the Gap By Over 1 Million in October 2020 - Sales

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: 1,342,965 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,026,001 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,509,602 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 67,766,535

Wii Total Sales: 71,276,137

October 2020 is the 44th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the Switch closed the gap by 1.34 million units when you align the launches of the two consoles. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by 7.03 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.51 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 44th month for the Nintendo Switch is October 2020 and for the Wii it is June 2010. The Switch has sold 67.77 million units, while the Wii sold 71.27 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 42.

The Wii sold 101.63 million units worldwide during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 33.86 million units to outsell the Wii.



PDiddy said:

The Switch needs to sell another 33.86 million units to outsell the Wii.

When you put it like that, at the pace the Switch is currently setting, it really puts things in perspective. Supply allowing, Switch could sell close to that much just for this FY.



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

curl-6 said:
PDiddy said:

The Switch needs to sell another 33.86 million units to outsell the Wii.

When you put it like that, at the pace the Switch is currently setting, it really puts things in perspective. Supply allowing, Switch could sell close to that much just for this FY.

Switch could top Wii by end of 2021.



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