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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 / 8,755 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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5 Comments
AFattyGamer (on 23 January 2021)

Japan is not giving enough love to Sony. Rest of the world ... Is giving Sony too much love to handle :') "Creativity Has No Limits." - Sony CES 2021

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Kakadu18 AFattyGamer (on 23 January 2021)

Sony isn't giving enough love to Japan. There is a concerning lack of software that appeals to Japan on the PS4 and now also the PS5. Also Sony isn't shipping nearly enough hardware to Japan in the first place.

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AFattyGamer Kakadu18 (on 23 January 2021)

In all due time. Sony could not have predicted the people of their homeland would be in demand of their home console. PS5 a dedicated home console does not fit the Japanese lifestyle of mobile gaming and portability. Sony gave major cease to PS4 production in Japan to give heed to more PS5 production to meet current demand in Japan. Sony is paying attention. As for the software Square Enix is helping to support Sony's PS5 in this endeavor. More software support is needed and I hope Sony is eyeing SEGA for this exact matter. As I stated before what Sony's PS5 can't do in Japan it'll more than make up for it worldwide. I wouldn't think it'd be this type of lead but this is what Sony does so I'm not surprised. Other people ... for some strange reason might be...

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Kakadu18 AFattyGamer (on 24 January 2021)

Final Fantasy is declining in Japan, Square Enix isn't driving that much hardware as it did back with the PS1 and PS2.
Enix not so much with Dragon Quest, but Square is trying to appeal more to the west with FF.
The Japanese market is dominated by Nintendo, which could turn out unhealthy in the long term, if Nintendo makes another misstep like the WiiU. That could lead to the Japanese console market completely crashing. That's why it's concerning for me to watch the Playstation brand decline even further.

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AFattyGamer Kakadu18 (on 24 January 2021)

The Japanese market is not the end all be all. As I stated before which is appearing to be fruition is that Sony is dominating Europe and North America which is PlayStation's strongest markets. I explained dedicated home console use is not the Japanese lifestyle there anymore. So Sony declining in Japan means the PS5 won't have success and Sony is doom and gloom when this VGChart article shows the complete opposite. But lets casually gloss over that and focus solely on Japan while Sony is dominating all other territories. Sure.

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