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Worldwide Hardware Estimates for May 17 to 23

Worldwide Hardware Estimates for May 17 to 23 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 June 2020 / 3,909 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console worldwide with 360,438 consoles sold for the week ending May 23, according to VGChartz estimates. 

The PlayStation 4 was the second best-selling console with sales of 209,185 consoles sold. This was followed by the Xbox One with 83,000 units, and the Nintendo 3DS with 7,885 units. 

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are up 187,749 units (108.72%). The PlayStation 4 is up 10,474 units (5.27%), the Xbox One is up 40,683 units (96.14%), and the 3DS is down 11,938 units (-60.22%).

Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One - Worldwide Hardware Estimates - VGChartz

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 360,438 (57,392,655)
  2. PlayStation 4 - 209,185 (110,916,464)
  3. Xbox One - 83,000 (47,797,378)
  4. 3DS - 7,885 (75,270,763)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 179,752
  2. PlayStation 4 - 73,155
  3. Xbox One - 61,623
  4. 3DS - 4,076
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 4 - 109,627
  2. Nintendo Switch - 81,366
  3. Xbox One - 15,935
  4. 3DS - 1,586
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 87,153
  2. PlayStation 4 - 19,579
  3. 3DS - 2,134
  4. Xbox One - 680
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 12,167
  2. PlayStation 4 - 6,824
  3. Xbox One - 4,762
  4. 3DS - 89

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 and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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YanisFromFrance (on 28 May 2020)

In the west of the Europe people prefer the Switch but in the east...

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YanisFromFrance (on 28 May 2020)

In the west of the Europe people prefer the Switch but in the east...

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javi741 (on 28 May 2020)

Guys, why do you think the Switch doesn't do as well in Europe as well as PlayStation despite the Switch being far newer than the PS4?

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Bofferbrauer2 javi741 (on 28 May 2020)

Central/Eastern Europe. These were the regions that got the PS2 starting 2005 and it conquered the region by storm. Both Nintendo and Microsoft are pretty insignificant in most of these countries because when they came with Wii and 360 years later, Sony already had conquered them entirely.

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dark_gh0st_b0y javi741 (on 28 May 2020)

marketing is much harder in Europe for Nintendo (especially South-East), maybe due to different representatives in each country? Wii built a good audience but WiiU damaged that significantly, and it is much harder to regain, unlike Sony who has long-term loyal fans in Europe, obsessed with the classic FIFA and GTA combo

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heavenmercenary01 javi741 (on 29 May 2020)

i think the switch is enough popular in western Europe, but the problem is in the east where people tend to play Fifa and GTA only, and Playstation has done well to set itself as the "fifa console" since the PS1 Era.
If you make statistics in South America and Africa, you'll find playstation as a leader where people mainly buy a console for two reasons : the first is FiFa/GTA and the second is Jailbreak. And paradoxally, Sony gained a big fanbase in poor/not much developped countries for being an easilly hackable console.

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alan95 (on 28 May 2020)

Do you think there will be a week between now and when the PS5 releases where the Nintendo Switch manages to outsell the PS4 in Europe?

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Soren0079 alan95 (on 28 May 2020)

It's possible but it won't happen often with the Switch being snapped up by scalpers in Europe on mass, unless Nintendo dramatically increases their shipments for Europe.

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Bofferbrauer2 alan95 (on 28 May 2020)

If there's a big game releasing on the Switch and nothing on the PS4, then for sure. Otherwise, I do think that starting summer the PS4 numbers will drop down significantly enough for the Switch to take the lead in normal weeks, too.

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