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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through February 13

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through February 13 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2021 / 3,450 Views

Here we see data representing the global sales through to consumers and change in sales performance of the three current platforms (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch) and three legacy platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo 3DS) over comparable periods for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.  Also shown is the market share for each of the consoles over the same periods.

Year to Date Sales Comparison (Same Periods Covered)

Market Share (Same Periods Covered)

2018 – (Week ending January 13 to February 17)

2019 – (Week ending January 12 to February 16)

2020 – (Week ending January 11 to February 15)

2021 – (Week ending January 9 to February 13)

"Year to date" sales for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2021 versus 2020 and 2021 versus 2019 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.

Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year


  • Xbox One – Down Year-on-Year 126,727 (-47.8%)
  • Xbox Series X|S – n/a


  • Nintendo Switch - Up Year-on-Year 73,239 (43.9%)
  • Nintendo 3DS – Down Year-on-Year 82,285 (-90.5%)


  • PlayStation 4 – Down Year-on-Year 509,992 (-57.7%)
  • PlayStation 5 – n/a

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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Amnesia (on 26 February 2021)

It is a massive improvement from MS. The ratio with the PS4 is very different for this new gen.

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badskywalker Amnesia (on 26 February 2021)

That is something I too have noticed, after the turn of the year, the PS4 sold 2-3 times what the Xbox 1 did. Whereas this generation the PS5 has only gotten to about 1.9:1 and is averaging closer to 1.6-7:1. Whether this is a sign of things to come or merely due to shortages is to be seen though.

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Amnesia badskywalker (on 27 February 2021)

I see 1,49x for the PS5 over the XSX. I don't see how you find 1.6-7:1

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badskywalker Amnesia (on 27 February 2021)

I only did this for this year, with the 1 million to 612k, thus the turn of the year

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SvenTheTurkey Amnesia (on 27 February 2021)

Well keep in mind they launched at the same price this time for the flagship models. The ps4 was 100 dollars cheaper than the Xbox one. I think that's a big factor here.

Once the supply issues are worked out, we'll really be able to see how Microsoft can do this gen. I have a feeling they will be much closer than last gen. The games are going to be a big factor. If they withhold the Bethesda games from the PlayStation 5, I think they could draw people back to the Xbox. Look at morrowind. Elder scrolls 6 exclusive could be huge.

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AJNShelton SvenTheTurkey (on 28 February 2021)

The only thing that would help Microsoft to sell closer to the PS5 is having GP titles, which they currently don't have.

Especially in Europe where many household buy a PS5 only for Fifa and is pretty much the sole game on the console.
Like Nintendo sells consoles just for playing Pokémon and/or Mario.

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SvenTheTurkey AJNShelton (on 28 February 2021)

Well fifa isn't the only game. They have fifa 2020, 2021, 2022, etc. Lol.

But that's true. I think Bethesda will help with gamepass. But they almost need something like fifa on gamepass. EA would potentially go for it because of the microtransactions.

But Microsoft has been weak on exclusives. So you're right that they're no Nintendo. Perhaps they'll have some surprises in the next few years. But it's strange that they have a lot of studios and produce relatively few games.

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Real (on 26 February 2021)

Switch is almost double what is going on

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AJNShelton Real (on 26 February 2021)

Well covid obviously

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Bofferbrauer2 AJNShelton (on 26 February 2021)

And continued Animal Crossing/RFA push on the software side

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Chicho Real (on 26 February 2021)

Nintendo has managed to produce and sell more systems than the other two. There are rumors that PS5 production is ramping up. we will see.

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mjk45 Chicho (on 28 February 2021)

I would love to know people decide to downvote a neutral post

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