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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through December 12

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through December 12 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 24 December 2020 / 8,769 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 December 12

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through December 12

Market Share (Same Periods Covered)

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through December 12

2017 – (Week ending January 7 to December 16)

2018 – (Week ending January 6 to December 15)

2019 – (Week ending January 5 to December 14)

2020 – (Week ending January 4 to December 12)

Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through December 12

"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.


  • Xbox One – Down Year-on-Year 1,464,486 (-33.3%)
  • Xbox Series X|S – n/a


  • Nintendo Switch - Up Year-on-Year 8,047,759 (47.9%)
  • Nintendo 3DS – Down Year-on-Year 997,060 (-68.9%)


  • PlayStation 4 – Down Year-on-Year 4,586,335 (-34.9%)
  • 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Doctor_MG (on 24 December 2020)

Well, earlier this year I guessed 22-25M switch units sold. Looks like it's going to be about 27M minimum. Guess I was wrong.

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SKMBlake Doctor_MG (on 24 December 2020)

Unless the cliff finally appears

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DaAndy Doctor_MG (on 24 December 2020)

When counting 3 more weeks (week ending January 3rd) it should be able to finish this year with roughly 29 million unless numbers explode from now on. When only counting 2 more weeks (week ending Dec 26th), then not^^
@SKMBlake The Cliff already was and is here, but Switch hadn't noticed it so far. So Switch simply was not aware and did not knew that it should drop like a rock. ^^ Lets see when Switch finds out xD

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Chicho Doctor_MG (on 24 December 2020)

@daAndy like in those old cartoons where they kept walking on the air for a bit before realizing there was no ground beneath them and falling.

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Original Doctor_MG (on 30 December 2020)

Agreed it'll reach 29 million but damn then it couldn't beat Nintendo DS 30 million mark

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Mr Puggsly (on 25 December 2020)

Switch did amazing. I just bought a Switch Lite and I am loving it. All Xbox and Playstation consoles had supply problems, so this is a weaker year than it should be for both.

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SvenTheTurkey (on 24 December 2020)

Seems the gen 8 consoles are unofficially done. Surprised sales weren't higher given how limited stock was of the ps5 and xbox.

Market share of gen 9 will be interesting once the ps4 and xbone are no longer charted. We'll see if the ps5 starts chipping away at the switch. Or who knows, maybe even the Xbox.

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Mr Puggsly SvenTheTurkey (on 25 December 2020)

For a period of the year it was actually difficult to find 8th gen consoles as well. There were no Black Friday deals either. So the decline was bigger than it should have been.

I think Xbox was most affected because its evident Sony is getting more hardware on the market.

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SvenTheTurkey SvenTheTurkey (on 25 December 2020)

@Mr Puggsly Oh ok. I didn't realize gen 8 consoles ran low on stock earlier in the year. I thought it was mainly the switch.

I could be wrong, but it seemed to me that the launch of sony and ms gen 9 consoles heavily cannibalized the previous gen. The sales were dropping leading up to launch. And the holiday won't be completely horrible for ps4 and xbone. I was just a little shocked at how low they're dropping. 500-700k for the ps4 in November or something like that.

And yeah, discounts could have helped. But I think both companies have lost all interest in continuing that hardware for much longer. Plus they didn't want to give incentive to buy the old one over the new one. If sales are strong for ps5 and series, I think gen 8 will be officially over by the end of the next holiday season.

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Mr Puggsly SvenTheTurkey (on 26 December 2020)

Just pointing out 8th gen hardware was selling out as well. The lack of deals will also cause a sales decline versus previous years. At this point, now demand is for 9th gen consoles.

This might be an unusually fast decline of last gen hardware as well given consoles have BC. The Series S is also the same price as last gen consoles. So it makes sense for MS to give up Xbox One quickly.

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