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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through November 21

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through November 21 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 December 2020 / 7,481 Views

Here we see data representing the global sales through to consumers and change in sales performance of the five current platforms (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One) and two legacy platforms (Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita) over comparable periods for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.  Also shown is the market share for each of the consoles over the same periods.

Year to Date Sales Comparison (Same Periods Covered)

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through November 21

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through November 21

Market Share (Same Periods Covered)

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through November 21

2017 – (Week ending January 7 to November 25)

2018 – (Week ending January 6 to November 24)

2019 – (Week ending January 5 to November 23)

2020 – (Week ending January 4 to November 21)

Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through November 21

"Year to date" sales for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2020 versus 2019 and 2020 versus 2018 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.

Microsoft

  • Xbox One – Down Year-on-Year 200,509 (-7.4%)
  • Xbox Series X|S – n/a

Nintendo

  • Nintendo Switch - Up Year-on-Year 8,764,037 (70.9%)
  • Nintendo 3DS – Down Year-on-Year 817,774 (-65.6%)

Sony

  • PlayStation 4 – Down Year-on-Year 2,822,285 (-26.2%)
  • PlayStation 5 – n/a

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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16 Comments
trunkswd (on 01 December 2020)

I was on the fence of putting PS4 and Xbox One as current or legacy platforms as they are still being manufactured and likely won't be taken off store shelves for another couple of years. Thoughts on if I should put them under Legacy at the start of 2021?

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Doctor_MG trunkswd (on 01 December 2020)

My vote is legacy since they have successors.

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Soren0079 trunkswd (on 01 December 2020)

Hmm yea putting ps4 and xbox one under legacy/last generation makes sense for 2021 onwards.

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yo33331 trunkswd (on 01 December 2020)

they have to stay in current at least until 2022

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HigHurtenflurst trunkswd (on 01 December 2020)

Separating PS4 & XB1 from PS5 & XBS/X makes sense to me, they are clearly successors... Switch is the complication in terms of how to calculate marketshare, I mean it makes sense to have it "compete" against PS4/XB1 for marketshare, but this time next year they will not be selling much at all, whereas Switch should still be outselling the new gen.
Can't really think of a good way to represent all the data comparisons I would be interested in without making the charts overly complicated for such an article. So I think keep it simple, just split off PS5&XBS/X for marketshare comparison.

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SKMBlake trunkswd (on 01 December 2020)

Yeah but it will feel odd with the Switch having 97% market share if you remove other consoles

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AFattyGamer trunkswd (on 01 December 2020)

Legacy. 9th gen is here now.

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Bofferbrauer2 trunkswd (on 02 December 2020)

I think keep them around until the start of 2022, then you can put them under legacy. Putting them there when the successors are out for less than 2 months is simply too early in my opinion. Let the new gen prove itself for a year first.

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Cerebralbore101 trunkswd (on 03 December 2020)

Yes. Their generation is over. Once a successor has launched it it officially last gen.

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SKMBlake (on 02 December 2020)

It's insane to see the Switch already reaching 21 million before the final sprint of the year

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Bofferbrauer2 SKMBlake (on 02 December 2020)

yeah, it's already outselling last year by almost 2M and there are still 5 or 6 weeks to go...

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TheBraveGallade (on 01 December 2020)

Ninitendo be like:
I see no god up here
OTHER THEN ME

  • +4
SKMBlake TheBraveGallade (on 02 December 2020)

*than

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xPhenom08x (on 01 December 2020)

Keep them(PS4 & XB1) current but remove market share comparisons. Market share will be unfair one way or another from here on out so just remove it. Show the total sales for each platform.

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siebensus4 xPhenom08x (on 01 December 2020)

What's unfair with market share? There were many consoles which launched years apart from each other (for example Dreamcast vs. PS2).

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AFattyGamer (on 01 December 2020)

1st 9th gen chart, I like it. 2021 will be interesting for Sony and Nintendo. Do yo' thang PS5, shit is about to get real.

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