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PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 15

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 15 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 March 2021 / 4,627 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 15

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 15

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 232,953 - PS4

Gap change over last month: 101,863 - PS4

Total Lead: 263,624 - PS4

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 5,621,484

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 5,885,108

During week 15, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 by 232,953 units. In the last month, the PlayStation 4 has grown its lead by 101,863 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently behind by 263,624 units. 

The PlayStation 5 has sold 5.62 million units in 15 weeks, while the PlayStation 4 sold 5.89 million units. Week 15 for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending February 20, 2021 and it is the week ending February 22, 2014 for the PlayStation 4, which is the week it launched in Japan.

The PlayStation 4 sold 168,317 units in its 16th week to bring its lifetime sales to 6.05 million units. The PlayStation 5 would need to sell 431,941 units in its 16th week to catch up to the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 crossed seven million sold units in week 21, eight million sold in week 28, and nine million units sold in week 33.


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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11 Comments
siebensus4 (on 06 March 2021)

The expected PS4 Japan launch boost ^^

  • +5
antunesaa (on 10 March 2021)

Well, I'm pretty sure that unlike in 2014 people can't buy Playstations right now. I've been trying but didn't manage to buy one, while in 2014 there were plenty of PS4 available at retailers.

  • +2
Elputoxd (on 07 March 2021)

Doesn't Sony expect to ship 14.8 million consoles in this fiscal year? Is that the same as PS4 or more?

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badskywalker Elputoxd (on 07 March 2021)

Launch-April 6, 2014 7 Million
April 6, 2014-March 1 2015 13.2 Million
We are missing about a month, but this particular month VGChartz has the PS4 selling about 1.37 Million, should we assume about 1:1 ratio for shipments that month the PS5 would ship about 230k more, should Sony keep with this forecast

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Elputoxd badskywalker (on 07 March 2021)

Thank you.

  • +1
kazuyamishima (on 07 March 2021)

After the Japanese lunch, PS4 weekly sales remained bellow 200K until the release of Destiny (mid of September 2014).

If the PS5 remains with the same trend (above 200K weekly), it will pass the PS4 sales in a couple of months.

  • +2
Bofferbrauer2 (on 07 March 2021)

PS5: I'm gonna get you!
PS4: Yoink!

  • +1
SvenTheTurkey (on 06 March 2021)

Ps5 had a considerably better launch. However, with the production issues, I can't see the ps5 doing better than the ps4's first full year. So it should do a respectable 14 million.

But maybe things will change later this year.

  • +1
Real (on 07 March 2021)

PS4 was very lucky when it launched Nintendo messed up with Wii U Xbox messed up pricing and games

So ps5 will never be as lucky as the PS4 was oh and there's even going to a switch 2 haha

  • -2
eddy7eddy Real (on 07 March 2021)

It's funny that both, Xbox One & Wii U, messed up with the expensive accesories that limited their price/power (Wii U controller & Kinect) against the most powerful PS4, and the bad and confusing name of both consloles too!
Even that I really liked the Wii ii and Xbox 720.

  • 0
Valvados Real (on 08 March 2021)

It was not only lucky competition wise, it also had some good exklusiv games output, witch the PS5 even do better if we compare the launch lineup and upcoming titels.

  • +1