PS4 vs Xbox One vs Wii U - Global Launch Sales Comparison

by William D'Angelo, posted on 15 January 2014 / 25,171 Views

Welcome to a short series of sales articles that will be comparing the launch sales of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U. The launch sales are aligned and each article will focus on a different region: the USA, Europe and Global.  Once the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch in Japan a comparison will be done.

PS4 vs Wii vs Xbox One Global Launch Sales

In this third article we will be comparing the aligned launches of the three 8th generation home consoles worldwide. The Wii U launched on November 18, 2012, the PlayStation 4 on November 15, 2013 and the Xbox One on November 22, 2013.

The Xbox One the biggest opening week with sales of 1,125,874. The PlayStation 4 launched with sales of 1,051,921 and the Wii U with sales of 472,099. However, the Xbox One launched in North America and Europe during the same week, while the PlayStation 4 just launched in North America on November 15. It would be released in Europe two weeks later on November 29.

The PlayStation 4 was behind in the first two weeks when you align the launches. However, once it launched in Europe it quickly took the lead. When you look at sales during the first seven weeks the PlayStation 4 has sold 4.12 million units, the Xbox One 3.10 million units, and the Wii U 2.37 million units.

Lifetime sales of the PlayStation 4 is 1.28 million units more than the Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 has sold 4.38 million units, while the Xbox One has sold 3.10 million units and the Wii U 5.34 million units. Despite being launched a year later the PlayStation 4 is on track to pass it in the first few months of 2014. The Xbox One is also on track to pass the Wii U in the first six months of 2014.

PS4 vs XOne vs Wii U - Global:

PS4 Launch Week Sales: 681,687

Xbox One Launch Week Sales: 336,030

Wii U Launch Week Sales: 183,952

PS4 Lifetime Sales: 1,641,827

Xbox One Lifetime Sales: 799,089

Wii U Lifetime Sales: 1,146,354

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com.


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9 Comments

Turkish (on 15 January 2014)

PS4 still hasnt released in Japan...


Jabbamk1 (on 15 January 2014)

This guys articles are always poorly written and don't take all things into account. Sorry to say.


Komicturtle (on 16 January 2014)

There is an inaccuracy. Wii U sold 3.06 million units as of December 2012. Why is this chart tracking a good amount below that? http://www.videogamer.com/news/3_06_million_wii_u_consoles_sold_as_of_december_31_2012.html


Rogerioandrade (on 17 January 2014)

you´re right. The chart makes it seems that it sold 2,5 million, which is not true


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leo-j (on 16 January 2014)

japan will add at least another quarter million


Zod95 (on 15 January 2014)

Global launch without the 2nd biggest market of the world (Japan) is not global launch. Adding it to WiiU makes no fair comparison.


torok (on 15 January 2014)

Don't make it worse...


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Michael-5 (on 15 January 2014)

Well it makes XBO - WiiU sales fair. XBO won't sell anything noticable in Japan.


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Viliami (on 16 January 2014)

He said that he will add Japanese data when it launches in Japan.


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gcube2000 (on 25 February 2014)

This is slightly wrong. Wii u sales were already at 3.06m by the end of 2012. confirmed by nintendo so Wii U did better than this. Just sayin


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Michael-5 (on 15 January 2014)

WiiU & XBO don't look that far off. If Nintendo play their cards right, I could see WiiU sales top XBO. Imagine what a Wii Sports could do (talking retail release/bundle)


Madword (on 15 January 2014)

Personally i don't think a wii sports will have the same impact as it did on the wii. It might have a good positive effect in Japan though. The reason everyone wanted it on the wii was because of the controller.


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JRock3x8 (on 15 January 2014)

Lifetime sales don't look correct given the chart unless those are territory specific. Curious to see just how far MS is willing to fall behind before they yank the Kinect out of the package and drop the price under Sony.