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PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 11

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 11 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 February 2021 / 10,354 Views

This weekly mini-series compares the aligned launch sales of the PlayStation 5 with its predecessor, the PlayStation 4. 

The first week for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending November 14, 2020, while for the PlayStation 4 it is the week ending November 16, 2013.

The two consoles had a staggered launch with the PlayStation 5 launching November 12, 2020 in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, and the rest of the world on November 19, 2020. The PlayStation 4 launched in North America on November 15, 2013, in Europe on November 29, 2013, and in Japan on February 22, 2014.

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 11

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 11

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 21,811 - PS5

Gap change over last month: 120,712 - PS4

Total Lead: 144,474 - PS4

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 4,833,120

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 4,977,594

During week 11, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 by 21,811 units. However, in the last month, the PlayStation 4 has grown its lead by 120,712 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 144,474 units. 

The PlayStation 5 has sold 4,833,120 units in 11 weeks, while the PlayStation 4 has sold 4,977,594 units. 

Week 11 for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending January 23, 2021 and it is the week ending January 25, 2014 for the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 sold 169,457 units in its 12th week to bring its lifetime sales to 5,147,051 units. The PlayStation 5 would need to sell 313,921 units in its 12th week to catch up to the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 crossed six million units sold in week 16, seven million sold units in week 21, and eight million sold in week 28. 

Sony managed to ship 4.5 million PlayStation 5 consoles as of December 31, 2020, which is the exact same number of PlayStation 4 consoles in its first quarter in 2013. Sony wants to ship over 14.8 million PlayStation 5 consoles in its next fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2021 to Mar 31, 2022. 


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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12 Comments
trunkswd (on 05 February 2021)

The plan is to keep this weekly series until we get enough data points (4 or 5 months of figures) to turn this into a monthly series. I'll be doing the same for Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox One.

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badskywalker (on 05 February 2021)

Now this oughta be fun to watch

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Qwark (on 06 February 2021)

Keeping up with the PS4 is impressive in its own right. The PS4 had a fantastic opening the PS5 being so close to it is nothing to be ashamed off.

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siebensus4 (on 05 February 2021)

If I understand that right then Sony wasn't able to produce more PS5 consoles than PS4 units after 11 weeks, because both consoles had shortages at the beginning.

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Real (on 05 February 2021)

Woah PS4 was doing better than ps5 haha

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trunkswd Real (on 05 February 2021)

At this point in time it depends on stock. If Sony was able to ship more PS5s it would have sold more.

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badskywalker trunkswd (on 05 February 2021)

However, the PS5 has already launched in Japan, whereas the PS4's staggered launch there. Or did you shift the dates so that all regions would align?

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trunkswd badskywalker (on 05 February 2021)

I didn't shift the dates. This is why the PS5 lead grew a lot in week 2 and shrunk in week 3. PS5 launched in Europe in week 2, while it was week 3 for PS4.

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xMetroid trunkswd (on 05 February 2021)

Yea but tbf this is the reality of like every console launch last gen also. PS4 and Switch were hard to find in the weeks/months after launch.

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Real trunkswd (on 06 February 2021)

I think that was the case with PS4 too

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Cohh Real (on 06 February 2021)

Yes it was also the case for the Ps4 but not as much. The PS4 didn't launch during a global pandemic which has negative effects on the supply chain. Plus even if it wasn't the case the fact that ps5 is selling almost as much as the Ps4 despite its main model being 100 dollars more expensive and being in the middle of an economic crisis would still be impressive.

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SvenTheTurkey Cohh (on 06 February 2021)

It kind of goes both ways though. Video games are in higher demand now because of the pandemic. And with less options of leisure activities, people are more willing to spend that extra 100 on a console.

And I would argue the main model is the digital edition in Sony's eyes. They'll produce whatever sells. But there's a reason a 20 dollar disc drive removal saved 100 dollars.

But they could sell as many as they could produce right now. But that's the luck of the draw.

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