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PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 12 - PS5 Closes Gap for 2nd Straight Week

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 12 - PS5 Closes Gap for 2nd Straight Week - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 February 2021 / 1,331 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 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 12

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 12

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 501 - PS5

Gap change over last month: 74,002 - PS4

Total Lead: 141,973 - PS4

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 5,005,078

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 5,147,051

During week 12, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 by 501 units. However, in the last month, the PlayStation 4 has grown its lead by 74,002units. The PlayStation 4 is currently ahead by 141,973 units. 

The PlayStation 5 has sold 5.01 million units in 12 weeks, while the PlayStation 4 sold 5.15 million units. 

Week 12 for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending January 30, 2021 and it is the week ending February 1, 2014 for the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 sold 156,936 units in its 13th week to bring its lifetime sales to 5,303,987 units. The PlayStation 5 would need to sell 298,909 units in its 13th 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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7 Comments
Real (on 14 February 2021)

PS4>PS5

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SvenTheTurkey Real (on 14 February 2021)

Could potentially change later this year, but it puts the ps5 launch in perspective.

Edit. Just to be clear, I doubt the ps5 will do much better than ps4 this year.

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Sogreblute SvenTheTurkey (on 14 February 2021)

It could, but this graph will really go in PS4's favor when that Japan launch comes.

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Real Sogreblute (on 15 February 2021)

What do you mean by Japan launch 🤔

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badskywalker Real (on 15 February 2021)

The PS4 didn’t launch in Japan till March of 2014, the Ps5 has already launched there. The first week of PS4 sales were 310k or so. For quick reference that is about what the PS5 sold in its first 12 weeks in Japan. His point is that the PS5 won’t keep up once the 4 launches in Japan.

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Real badskywalker (on 15 February 2021)

Whattt is this real ? Hahaha then ps5 is no where near PS4 hahaha

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Darwinianevolution (on 15 February 2021)

So even with a better launch, PS5's availability problems are slowing down sales below the PS4? Also, the PS4 is yet to release in Japan, isn't it? The PS4 is not at full throttle yet and it's alreading beating the PS5...

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