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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 8

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 8 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 January 2021 / 4,201 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 Global:

  1. PS5: 4,657,029
  2. Switch: 2,815,056
  3. XSX|S: 2,522,023

Through the first eight 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 1.84 million units and is 2.13 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. 

The PS5 has sold 4.66 million in eight weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 2.82 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 2.52 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through eight weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 46.6 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 28.2 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 25.2 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 21.

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

  1. PS5: 1,962,361
  2. XSX|S: 1,422,675
  3. Switch: 1,084,031

Through the first eight weeks available in the US the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 539,686 units and is 878,330 units ahead of the Switch. 

The PS5 has sold 1.96 million in eight weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 1.42 million units and the Switch 1.08 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through eight weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 43.9 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 31.8 percent, and the Switch at 24.3 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 26 and current Xbox Series X|S sales until week 15.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Europe (7 weeks):

  1. PS5: 1,629,814
  2. Switch: 755,479
  3. XSX|S: 670,070

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After seven weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 874,335 units and is 959,744 units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. 

The PS5 has sold 1.63 million in six weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 0.75 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 0.67 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through seven weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 53.4 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 24.7 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 21.9 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 29.

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

  1. Switch: 698,869
  2. PS5: 268,042
  3. XSX|S: 32,406

Through the first eight weeks available in Japan the Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S by a wide margin. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 430,827 units and is 666,463 units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. 

The Switch has sold 698,869 units in eight weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 268,042 units, and the Xbox Series X|S 32,406 units.

Looking at the marketshare through eight weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 69.9 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 26.8 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 3.3 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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4 Comments
Bofferbrauer2 (on 18 January 2021)

Would be nice to see the new consoles not just against the Switch, but maybe also against their own predecessors

  • +4
siebensus4 (on 17 January 2021)

Switch will have Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon 2 boost the next weeks.

  • +3
TheBraveGallade (on 18 January 2021)

japan be like

switch or bust

  • +1
AFattyGamer (on 17 January 2021)

Ouuu. Ship 5 million already Sony.

  • -2