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Switch Best-Seller as PS5 and XS Stock Remains Low - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Jan 3-9

Switch Best-Seller as PS5 and XS Stock Remains Low - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Jan 3-9 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 21 January 2021 / 6,271 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 455,708 units sold for the week ending January 9, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 77.44 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 149,872 units to bring its lifetime sales to 4.82 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 93,758 units to bring their lifetime sales to 2.73 million units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 69,310 units, the Xbox One sold 24,656 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 1,417 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are up 131,710 units (40.7%). The PlayStation 4 is down 105,553 units (-60.4%), the Xbox One is down 16,632 units (-40.3%), and the 3DS is down 18,768 units (-93.0%).

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

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 455,708 (77,444,997)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 149,872 (4,817,901)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 93,758 (2,725,781)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 69,310 (114,900,684)
  5. Xbox One - 24,656 (49,459,800)
  6. 3DS - 1,417 (75,910,724)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 115,799
  2. PlayStation 5 - 81,039
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 67,517
  4. PlayStation 4 - 18,423
  5. Xbox One - 16,172
  6. 3DS - 419
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Nintendo Switch - 95,441
  2. PlayStation 5 - 48,330
  3. PlayStation 4 - 36,630
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 22,293
  5. Xbox One - 6,688
  6. 3DS - 383
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 224,871
  2. PlayStation 5 - 15,531
  3. PlayStation 4 - 12,825
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 1,576
  5. Xbox One - 893
  6. 3DS - 588
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 19,597
  2. PlayStation 5 - 4,972
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 2,372
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,432
  5. Xbox One - 903
  6. 3DS - 27

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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Fight-the-Streets (on 21 January 2021)

Nintendo Switch is up a whooping 40.7% compared to last year. That's a declaration of war for 2021 (compared to 2020)!

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SvenTheTurkey Fight-the-Streets (on 21 January 2021)

Yeah. This is quite a surprise. One week isn't enough for a trend, but, if this keeps up, Nintendo is going to have a 30+ million year.

And they actually have some games coming out for switch in the first few months instead of nothing until March.

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Bofferbrauer2 Fight-the-Streets (on 21 January 2021)

And considering that Asia makes about 50% of the total sales, I'm wondering if the console ain't actually undertracked here...

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SvenTheTurkey Bofferbrauer2 (on 21 January 2021)

I think Japan is still in their holiday season for some of this week. It's usually NA and Japan both at a little over 1/3 each with Europe getting the rest.

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progstarmac (on 21 January 2021)

Let's get real: The war has begun.

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Ucouldntbemorewrong (on 22 January 2021)

And Still...can't find a PS5 anywhere...Argh!

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Real (on 21 January 2021)

Switch is selling better than last year for real

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Elputoxd (on 21 January 2021)

It's clear both Sony and Microsoft's production capabilities have been impacted by Covid. At this point there's no denying it.

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Mnementh Elputoxd (on 21 January 2021)

But Nintendo can produce more than ever? Something is off here. Are production capacity impacted by COVID and Nintendo did buy them all first half of 2020, so nothing is left for Sony and MS?

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Elputoxd Mnementh (on 21 January 2021)

There have been shortages of Switch consoles in Japan during the summer. PS4 production is basically non-existent. It's not only PS5 and Series XS that has been impacted and I didn't say as much.

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Mnementh Elputoxd (on 21 January 2021)

Yes, there were problems for Switch production early in the year, and Nintendo sorted it out and ended up producing more Switches than before. Why can't Sony and MS?

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Elputoxd Mnementh (on 21 January 2021)

Because the chips the new consoles use (and Switch doesn't) are crazy rare right now and prices have gone up. Not to mention that transportation has gone to shit and obviously it's much more complicated to transport a huge-ass console like the PS5 or not he Series X than a small Switch. I don't know what's so difficult to understand.

Not to mention that production lines for Switch have existed for almost 4 years now, obviously it takes time to adapt that to the production o new consoles.

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AFattyGamer Elputoxd (on 21 January 2021)

Oh wow a sensible comment here. Common sense isn't lacking on VGChartz after all.

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Mnementh Elputoxd (on 22 January 2021)

The chips may be an explanation, Sony and MS apparently made bad choices there. But that doesn't explain PS4 and Xbox One though.

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noemie75 Mnementh (on 22 January 2021)

AMD SOC on PS5 and XboX Series use a 7 nm process and manufacturing lines at TSMC are full.
So it does not depend of Sony and Microsoft. If they want more production capacity they must pay an higher price.
Switch is 16 nm process so there is no problem with the switch SOC. Plenty of factory that can do a nintendo switch SOC. The manufacturing problem for switch sere missing ram I guess.

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mjk45 Mnementh (on 25 January 2021)

the PS4 shortage and it might apply to box one not sure is due to moving PS4 lines in japan over to PS5 as well as discontinuing certain sku also is PS4 short on demand or is it just declining orders, another factor may be the fact that PS5's replacing PS4 production in Japan isn't fully automated with robotics yet , the no 1 line used since PS1 completes a PS4 every 30 sec with the whole assembly automated.

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Bofferbrauer2 Elputoxd (on 21 January 2021)

Yes, but if Covid was the main reason, Nintendo wouldn't have been able to ship as many consoles as they did either.

I think it has more to do with the current chip shortages. Nintendo's reliance on older production process means they dodged a bullet here, because chips from smaller processes are missing left, right and center.

Ford for instance had to halt their car production for one month in some factories in Europe because they can't get the chips they need for the onboard computer, smart assistance systems and the like (modern cars have 50-200 chips installed depending on the model). Also just look how hard it is to find a GPU these days...

So in other words, the factories are probably waiting for the CPUs to finish the consoles in production, and with the current shortages, that's just a trickle...

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mjk45 Bofferbrauer2 (on 25 January 2021)

Yes it has a lot to do with tsmc's capacity, all remaining 7nm capacity was recently obtained by AMD and it all went to PS5 forcing Nvidia to obtain extra production from Samsung.

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Bofferbrauer2 mjk45 (on 26 January 2021)

NVidia went to Samsung because it was cheaper, not due to capacity

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mjk45 Bofferbrauer2 (on 26 January 2021)

Yes your right I got the info of a site talking about the rumor that Samsung was obtaining tsmc 7nm capacity this year sometime, just shows you should never trust one source, especially if you open your big mouth about it.

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JWeinCom (on 24 January 2021)

C'mon 3DS! Limp your way to 76m!

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Jumpin (on 23 January 2021)

Nintendo was supposed to be doomed! Doomed dooom dooooomed I tells ya!

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AFattyGamer (on 21 January 2021)

Aye Sony go harder. More production man this ain't it chief. You're not satisfying demand Sony >:/ PS5 still going for $800 on Ebay is ridiculous.

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mjk45 AFattyGamer (on 25 January 2021)

We know you would just duct tape some PS4's together and spray the sides white, but what happens if
there's a duct tape shortage?

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