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Switch Leads Strong Week as Sales Climb - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 6-12

Switch Leads Strong Week as Sales Climb - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 6-12 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 December 2020 / 10,861 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 1,396,099 units sold for the week ending December 12, according to VGChartz estimates. 

The PlayStation 5 is in its fifth week available in North America, Oceania, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, and is in its fourth week in Europe and the rest of the world. The console sold an estimated 365,048 units to bring its lifetime sales to 3,733,146 units. 

The Xbox Series X|S is in its fifth week worldwide and is the third best-selling console. The consoles sold an estimated 192,413 units to bring their lifetime sales to 2,009,716 units.

It should be noted the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S continues to be supply-constrained in most markets, which will likely continue through early 2021.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 165,670 units, the Xbox One sold 91,966 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 4,845 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are up 26,875 units (2.0%). The PlayStation 4 is down 293,628 units (-63.9%), the Xbox One is down 257,553 units (-73.7%), and the 3DS is down 58,428 units (-92.3%).

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

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 1,396,099 (73,579,518)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 365,048 (3,733,146)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 192,413 (2,009,716)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 165,670 (114,626,324)
  5. Xbox One - 91,966 (49,042,443)
  6. 3DS - 4,845 (75,898,584)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 621,997
  2. PlayStation 5 - 172,343
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 128,169
  4. Xbox One - 70,526
  5. PlayStation 4 - 57,272
  6. 3DS - 2,637
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Nintendo Switch - 358,182
  2. PlayStation 5 - 152,713
  3. PlayStation 4 - 83,215
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 55,907
  5. Xbox One - 17,487
  6. 3DS - 1,309
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 366,400
  2. PlayStation 5 - 22,761
  3. PlayStation 4 - 20,520
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 4,916
  5. Xbox One - 1,486
  6. 3DS - 777
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 49,520
  2. PlayStation 5 - 17,231
  3. PlayStation 4 - 4,663
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 3,421
  5. Xbox One - 2,467
  6. 3DS - 122

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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17 Comments
dmillos (on 23 December 2020)

Awesome! we got an earlier than expected week. Thanks for the update @trunkswd!
It is extremely similar to last week, seems like a positive number for the switch. Unfortunately it is really low for PS4 and Xbone.

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trunkswd dmillos (on 23 December 2020)

With the holidays coming up at the end of the week I wanted to get the hardware figures out beforehand.

Switch estimates are up just a bit compared to last year. There is very little stock of the old consoles with Sony and Microsoft focused on getting as many PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles manufactured and shipped.

  • +4
SvenTheTurkey (on 23 December 2020)

I wasn't sure if it would happen this year, but, at the rate things are going, the switch will just barely pass the 3ds by the week ending on the 26th.

  • +5
javi741 (on 23 December 2020)

Everyone is talking about Switch & PS5 sales but Xbox One could surpass the Super Nintendo in lifetime sales next week!

  • +3
Mnementh (on 23 December 2020)

Switch > everything else combined + 500K

  • +2
TRU3_100 Mnementh (on 28 December 2020)

idk why anyone would compare sales of a $200 handheld to $400 consoles

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Matsku (on 23 December 2020)

Damn Asians bought more Switches than Europeans. China Finally showing it's potential?

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Original Matsku (on 23 December 2020)

Nah it's all Japan

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trunkswd Matsku (on 23 December 2020)

It is mainly Japan, but sales were really strong in China.

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cinetici (on 24 December 2020)

Why cant microsoft supply more consoles than sony?

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SuperNintend0rk cinetici (on 24 December 2020)

From what I've read, they delayed manufacturing to incorporate full RDNA2 so Sony got a head start on them and they can't catch up because some of the components are in short supply.

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Original (on 23 December 2020)

Switch almost sold 1.4 million units

  • +1
Original (on 23 December 2020)

That's awesome better than last week

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trunkswd Original (on 23 December 2020)

Global sales are up across the board week-over-week.

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siebensus4 (on 23 December 2020)

There's a significant holiday boost for Xbox One (baseline was 30k). I wonder how many wanted to buy a Series and were confused by the name and bought the wrong console...

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trunkswd siebensus4 (on 23 December 2020)

It is really only the Americas and UK where we've seen a boost in sales for the Xbox One. Xbox One has outsold the PS4 in the US before during the holidays.

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