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PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 16

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 16 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 March 2021 / 2,466 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 16

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 16

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 57,449 - PS5

Gap change over last month: 63,102 - PS4

Total Lead: 187,631 - PS4

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 5,865,794

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 6,053,425

During week 16, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 by 57,449 units. In the last month, the PlayStation 4 has grown its lead by 63,102 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently behind by 187,631 units. 

The PlayStation 5 has sold 5.87 million units in 16 weeks, while the PlayStation 4 sold 6.05 million units. Week 16 for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending February 27, 2021 and it is the week ending March 1, 2014 for the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 sold 150,626 units in its 17th week to bring its lifetime sales to 6.20 million units. The PlayStation 5 would need to sell 338,257 units in its 17th 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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8 Comments
siebensus4 (on 14 March 2021)

Sony can't be happy that PS5 lays behind PS4 in the same period of time, although two PS5 models launched simultaneously. Sure, PS5 would have sold more, but fact is it hasn't sold more so far. For a company which would like to see growth this can't be satisfying. I guess everybody needs to have patience – Sony, shareholders, consumers...

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SKMBlake siebensus4 (on 15 March 2021)

Yeah no, tue bump in PS4 is caused by the launch of the console in Japan in February 2014

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siebensus4 SKMBlake (on 15 March 2021)

Right, but you could also argue that PS5 was a bit front-loaded, because Japan sales were already included compared to PS4.

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SKMBlake siebensus4 (on 15 March 2021)

Yeah, but in this case no, cause the shipped consoles on December 31st 2013 was the same as the amount of consoles shipped on December 31st 2020, but the latter have also the 2nd biggest market in it (which is Japan), unlike the 1st one.

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kazuyamishima (on 14 March 2021)

If the weekly trend continues, PS5 will pass PS4 in about a month or so.

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SvenTheTurkey kazuyamishima (on 14 March 2021)

Yeah, but it's hard to tell the status of future production. The next couple weeks could be higher or lower than this week. We can't necessarily assume each week will be greater than or equal to the week prior.

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kazuyamishima SvenTheTurkey (on 15 March 2021)

Thing is, after the PS4 released in Japan, weekly WW sales remained below 200K and closer to 150K in most weeks until the release of Destiny in September 2014.

According to some rumours, production for PS5 seems to begin to be higher and demand is still high. But at the end is just rumours.

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SvenTheTurkey kazuyamishima (on 15 March 2021)

Right. We'll have to wait and see.

However, once supply truly catches demand, the sales will plummet for a week or two as scalpers dump units onto the market for msrp or less.

But I can't see that happening until summer. But the scalping will probably pick up again around the holidays. So they could potentially hold the systems rather than dump them.

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