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PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 14

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 14 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2021 / 1,923 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 14

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 14

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 78,403 - PS5

Gap change over last month: 125,474 - PS5

Total Lead: 26,811 - PS4

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 5,413,676

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 5,440,487

During week 14, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 by 78,403 units. In the last month, the PlayStation 5 has caught up by 125,474 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently behind by 26,811 units. 

The PlayStation 5 has sold 5.41 million units in 14 weeks, while the PlayStation 4 sold 5.44 million units. Week 14 for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending February 13, 2021 and it is the week ending February 15, 2014 for the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 sold 444,621 units in its 15th week to bring its lifetime sales to 5.89 million units. The PlayStation 5 would need to sell 471,432 units in its 15th 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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6 Comments
Norion (on 27 February 2021)

The PS5 got really close to regaining the lead but with the Japan launch week next it'll have the largest deficit yet and could take a few months before it gets a chance to retake it again. The fact it's keeping up this closely so far is a good sign for the prospects of the PS5 being another 100+ million seller.

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trunkswd Norion (on 27 February 2021)

It all depends on stock, but I'd expect PS5 sales at the end of this year to be similar to PS4 at the end of 2014.

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SvenTheTurkey trunkswd (on 28 February 2021)

Definitely seems that will be the case so far.

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trunkswd SvenTheTurkey (on 28 February 2021)

Supply is the biggest factor. PS4 had some supply issues, but nowhere near as bad as PS5. And Xbox One had pretty much no supply problems, while Xbox Series X|S does.

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Norion trunkswd (on 28 February 2021)

I expect it keeps up with the PS4 too. Whoever has the lead by then could end having it by only a few hundred thousand or so.

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kazuyamishima (on 28 February 2021)

Next week is the Japanese release, PS4 sold almost 450K but then went back to Sub 200K numbers for plenty of weeks and even some of those weeks sales were about 130K.

If the rumours are true, PS5 stock will increase starting in the next weeks so sales will remain above the 200K mark and will pick up and pass PS4 numbers in a couple of months.

But it’s all up to Sony and how much stock they can supply.

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