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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 4

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 4 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 December 2020 / 8,170 Views

This weekly mini-series compares the aligned launch sales of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch. 

It should be noted the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S had a worldwide launch, while the PlayStation 5 launch was split over the course of two weeks. Also, the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017, while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S launched during the holidays in November 2020.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Aligned Sales Through Week 4

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Global:

  1. PS5: 3,368,098
  2. Switch: 2,117,081
  3. XSX|S: 1,817,303

Through the first four weeks available worldwide the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Switch and Xbox Series X|S by a fair margin. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.25 million units and is 1.55 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. 

The PS5 has sold 3.37 million in four weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 2.12 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 1.82 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through four weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 46.1 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 29.0 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 24.9 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 12.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Aligned Sales Through Week 4

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch US:

  1. PS5: 1,389,963
  2. XSX|S: 988,641
  3. Switch: 818,414

Through the first four weeks available in the US the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Switch and Xbox Series X|S, but sales are all relatively close in the country compared to other regions. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 401,322 units and is 571,549 units ahead of the Switch. 

The PS5 has sold 1.39 million in four weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 0.99 million units, and the Switch 0.82 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through four weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 43.5 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 30.9 percent, and the Switch at 25.6 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 14 and current Xbox Series X|S sales until week seven.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Aligned Sales Through Week 4

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Europe (3 weeks):

  1. PS5: 1,150,889
  2. Switch: 549,073
  3. XSX|S: 481,398

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After three weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 601,816 units and is 669,491 units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. 

The PS5 has sold 1.15 million in three weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 0.55 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.48 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through three weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 52.7 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 25.2 percent, and the Switch at 22.1 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 17.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 4

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Japan:

  1. Switch: 521,403
  2. PS5: 215,284
  3. XSX|S: 30,180

Through the first four weeks available in Japan the Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S by a large margin. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 306,119 units and is 491,223 units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. 

The Switch has sold 521,403 units in four weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 215,284 units, and the Xbox Series X|S 30,180 units.

Looking at the marketshare through four weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 68.0 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 28.1 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 3.9 percent.


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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15 Comments
SuperNintend0rk (on 19 December 2020)

What this really tells me is that Sony had the most stock at launch and Microsoft had the least, since all of the consoles sold out almost everywhere at launch. In other words, the numbers measure supply, not demand.

  • +10
Sogreblute (on 19 December 2020)

I think everyone knew the PS5 and XBS had great launches, but what we really need to keep an eye on is the months after launch. I wanna see if they are still selling well and if stock is easy to find.

  • +7
Bofferbrauer2 (on 19 December 2020)

For not launching during the holiday season, the Switch did have a fantastic start.

  • +5
PAOerfulone (on 19 December 2020)

Ohhhohohoho, this is gonna be good!!! grabs popcorn

  • +3
CaptainExplosion (on 22 December 2020)

So far the PS5 isn't doing so good in Japan.

  • +1
progstarmac (on 19 December 2020)

The launch of the PS5 will be really hard to beat.

  • +1
AFattyGamer progstarmac (on 19 December 2020)

I agree friend. Sony is not to be slept on.

  • +2
siebensus4 (on 19 December 2020)

It will be interesting to see if PS5 can stay ahead of Switch after 12 months, since Switch has its holiday season in month 9 / week 40. It should depend on PS5 demand after March '21.

  • +1
SvenTheTurkey siebensus4 (on 19 December 2020)

Yeah. But with the different launch months, they'll never be truly aligned. Sony will always have that extra holiday since that was the launch.

  • -1
dmillos32 siebensus4 (on 19 December 2020)

@siebensus4 I agree with you, this will be an interesting race to follow. I think that after 12 months for each console, the switch will be ahead of the PS5. During the first november and december of the switch, it sold nearly 6 million units, ps5 is looking like it should sell around 4.5 million in its first november and december. Also the switch had an unbeatable march that should also add a lot to the lead. Having said this, i think it is too early to tell how much demand exists for the ps5, It might be possible that the other months will go in favor of ps5, so the race is too close to call but there is a really big hurdle to jump for the ps5.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 December 2020)

For not launching during the holiday season, the Switch did have a fantastic start.

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AFattyGamer (on 19 December 2020)

PS5 supply is the only thing nerfing Sony right now. Sony the Kraken with chains on at the moment. 2021 will be huge for Sony.

  • -1
trunkswd AFattyGamer (on 19 December 2020)

It is the same for the Xbox Series X|S. Both would have sold better if there was more supply.

  • +6
AFattyGamer AFattyGamer (on 19 December 2020)

@trunkswd Very true friend. Microsoft is nerfed currently by Series X and S supply as well. I'll pop a wine glass for a good 2021 for both Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo as well ;")

  • 0
trunkswd AFattyGamer (on 19 December 2020)

I am expecting a good 2021 and 2022 for the big 3.

  • +8