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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 9

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 9 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 January 2021 / 7,142 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: 4,817,901
  2. Switch: 3,073,681
  3. XSX|S: 2,725,781

Through the first nine 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 1.74 million units and is 2.09 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. 

The PS5 has sold 4.82 million in nine weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 3.08 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 2.73 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through nine weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 45.4 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 28.9 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 25.7 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 22.

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

  1. PS5: 2,009,634
  2. XSX|S: 1,562,479
  3. Switch: 1,189,076

Through the first nine 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 447,155 units and is 820,558 units ahead of the Switch. 

The PS5 has sold 2.01 million in nine weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 1.56 million units and the Switch 1.19 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through nine weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 42.2 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 32.8 percent, and the Switch at 25.0 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 27 and current Xbox Series X|S sales until week 18.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Europe (8 weeks):

  1. PS5: 1,688,144
  2. Switch: 798,730
  3. XSX|S: 705,603

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 889,414 units and is 982,541 units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. 

The PS5 has sold 1.69 million in eight weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 0.80 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 0.71 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through eight weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 52.9 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 25.0 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 22.1 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 30.

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

  1. Switch: 774,703
  2. PS5: 279,251
  3. XSX|S: 32,518

Through the first nine 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 495,452 units and is 742,185 units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. 

The Switch has sold 774,703 units in nine weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 279,251 units, and the Xbox Series X|S 32,518 units.

Looking at the marketshare through nine weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 71.3 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 25.7 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 3.0 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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AFattyGamer (on 23 January 2021)
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