The Ninendo Switch Has Outsold The PlayStation 4's Lifetime Sales In Japan

It's taken just two years for the Nintendo Switch to outsell the PlayStation 4 in Japan, catching up on Sony's three year head start. The latest hardware sales numbers in from Famitsu show that in the first weeks of May 83,471 Switch were sold, putting it at a total of 8.125m consoles sold. Sony falls behind with 8.07m total sales.

Still, it's not all bad for Sony. On the games side of things, PS4 exclusive Days Gone spent another week at the top of the charts. Though, it's worth noting that while Days Gone might have the top spot, the next nine entries are all Nintendo Switch games. Even if one of those is Minecraft on Switch.

Days Gone
Days Gone

It's been very much a two horse race as the Xbox One has sold just 105,379 units in Japan. Total. To put that in perspective, in the Famitsu numbers of the recent Xbox One X and Xbox One S sales total 382. The PS Vita, meanwhile, sold 1088.

Globally, it's a different story. Nintendo revealed at the end of March that the Switch had sold 34.74m units worldwide, whereas as of March 2018 Microsoft was estimated to have sold an estimated 39.1m Xbox Ones (Microsoft stopped publishing sales numbers for the console in 2015). Neither console touches the PS4, though. Sony's sales figures from this April say it has shipped 96.8m consoles.

Of course, with new generations of consoles just around the corner, it's going to be a whole new race to the top for Sony and Microsoft. And it looks like the Switch is going to be the titan to topple.

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Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]

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