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PS5 & Xbox Series X|S Launch to Record Sales - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Nov 8-14

PS5 & Xbox Series X|S Launch to Record Sales - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Nov 8-14 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 26 November 2020 / 19,978 Views

Despite having a staggered launch over the course of two weeks the PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console with 1,483,910 consoles sold for the week ending November 14, according to VGChartz estimates.

The PS5 launched in North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea for this week. The PS5 had a bigger launch in North America, Australia, and New Zealand than its predecessor, the PS4, while it had a smaller launch in Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.

Microsoft launched its next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and S, in 40 countries worldwide for the week. The consoles sold a combined 1,345,386 units worldwide in its launch week. This is a bigger launch than the Xbox One, which sold 1.1 million units in its first week, and is the biggest launch in Xbox history. 

The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S are expected to be severely supply constrained through at least early 2021 as any consoles that become available have been selling out in a matter of minutes. 

The Nintendo Switch was the third best-selling console with sales of 722,176 consoles sold. This was followed by the PlayStation 4 with 116,301 units, the Xbox One with 45,288 units, and the Nintendo 3DS with 2,198 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are up 142,544 units (24.6%). The PlayStation 4 is down 211,809 units (-64.6%), the Xbox One is down 33,696 units (-42.7%), and the 3DS is down 18,027 units (-89.1%).

PS5 Sales, Xbox Series X and S Sales, Switch Sales

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. PlayStation 5 - 1,483,910 (1,483,910) - NEW
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 1,345,386 (1,345,386) - NEW
  3. Switch - 722,176 (69,260,049)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 116,301 (113,896,240)
  5. Xbox One - 45,288 (48,548,670)
  6. 3DS - 2,198 (75,826,987)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 1,259,270 - NEW
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 898,208 - NEW
  3. Switch - 303,703
  4. Xbox One - 34,706
  5. PlayStation 4 - 32,946
  6. 3DS - 812
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Xbox Series X|S - 349,697 - NEW
  2. Nintendo Switch - 216,851
  3. PlayStation 4 - 71,480
  4. Xbox One - 8,340
  5. 3DS - 686
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 172,632
  2. PlayStation 5 - 152,516 - NEW
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 28,230 - NEW
  4. PlayStation 4 - 8,487
  5. 3DS - 617
  6. Xbox One - 226
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 72,124 - NEW
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 69,251 - NEW
  3. Switch - 28,990
  4. PlayStation 4 - 3,388
  5. Xbox One - 1,882
  6. 3DS - 83

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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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31 Comments
UnderwaterFunktown (on 26 November 2020)

Both systems off to a great start.

  • +19
Stuart23 (on 26 November 2020)

Amazing week all around. PS5 and Series X had a pretty impressive launch and it is funny to see Switch putting up a fight so much on the launch week of two consoles. It will be a fun generation to look at.

  • +7
AFattyGamer (on 26 November 2020)

Sony is back to taking the crown. PS5 selling 1.5 million easily and Sony isn't in the Holiday sales yet. Jesus Sony

  • +6
AFattyGamer AFattyGamer (on 26 November 2020)

*Also VGChartz, when will the Sony PS5 and Microsoft Series X be added to the Global Hardware section? 9th gen is officially here now.

  • +1
Cerebralbore101 AFattyGamer (on 26 November 2020)

It was just added now.

  • +7
AFattyGamer AFattyGamer (on 26 November 2020)

@Cerebralbore101 Thank you friend for the update :)

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DemoniOtaku (on 27 November 2020)

So.. PS5 sold more in just 5 countries than Xbox Series X in the whole world and in 3 days less. Funny

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shikamaru317 DemoniOtaku (on 27 November 2020)

Xbox Series sold out entirely in all but maybe 5-10 of those 40 launch countries. MS had severe supply issues, supposedly due to having to start manufacturing later than Sony because AMD didn't finish the XSX chipset as fast as they finished the PS5 chipset. If MS had been able to produce more stock they would have sold alot more first week.

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scrapking DemoniOtaku (on 29 November 2020)

Not really. Both could have sole lots more, if stock had been available. There were indications that Sony began console assembly earlier than Microsoft (likely due to Microsoft waiting for the full implementation of RDNA2), so it makes sense that they have more units available for sale.

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Cerebralbore101 (on 26 November 2020)

Both consoles beat their predecessor's launch numbers, during a pandemic of all things. This goes to show that both MS, and Sony bent over backwards to try to supply as many units as they possibly could have.

  • +4
billyboy Cerebralbore101 (on 28 November 2020)

Actually the pandemic has been great for anything gaming related.

  • +2
Bofferbrauer2 (on 26 November 2020)

Switch almost casually sells over half as much as the new consoles do on a record-breaking launch, wow!

  • +4
B6a6es (on 27 November 2020)

PS5 might even outsell the PS4 if it keeps the Momentum

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siebensus4 (on 26 November 2020)

Switch sold more than PS5 in Asia, but it is listed on number 2?

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trunkswd siebensus4 (on 26 November 2020)

Whoops. Thank you for pointing that out. I've fixed that.

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SuperNintend0rk (on 26 November 2020)

I assume PS5 also sold the best in Europe but it's missing from that list. Is the PS5 estimate not ready yet?

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Original SuperNintend0rk (on 26 November 2020)

Ps5 launched a week later on European countries

  • +12
SuperNintend0rk SuperNintend0rk (on 26 November 2020)

Oh right I forgot. Then it's even more impressive that the PS5 managed to top the overall list this week!

  • +5
bamf (on 29 November 2020)

Not sure but I don't think the EU numbers are included

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SuperNintend0rk bamf (on 29 November 2020)

They're included for the Xbox Series but not for the PS5 since it launched a week later in Europe.

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Random_Matt (on 27 November 2020)

Seems fairly low for Europe

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eddy7eddy Random_Matt (on 28 November 2020)

You're hurting their feelings. But is true.

  • +1
Eagle367 (on 26 November 2020)

Can switch have a week with 1.5 mil sales?

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Original Eagle367 (on 26 November 2020)

Switch sold 1.6 mil on its launch week with only Zelda btow on it nothing else no backwards games

  • +6
SKMBlake Eagle367 (on 26 November 2020)

Wait for december, 1+ million per week for the whole month

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YanisFromFrance (on 26 November 2020)

Nintendo Switch will not give her crown, The Switch will be in front of the PS5 for 2 years

  • -2
Original (on 26 November 2020)

Sony and Microsoft made scaplers rich this week

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