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PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 17

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 17 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 20 March 2021 / 2,212 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 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 50,407 - PS5

Gap change over last month: 30,108 - PS4

Total Lead: 125,718 - PS4

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 6,078,333

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 6,204,051

During week 17, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 by 50,407 units. In the last month, the PlayStation 4 has grown its lead by 30,108 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently behind by 125,718 units. 

The PlayStation 5 has sold 6.08 million units in 17 weeks, while the PlayStation 4 sold 6.20 million units. Week 17 for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending March 6, 2021 and it is the week ending March 7, 2014 for the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 sold 161,118 units in its 18th week to bring its lifetime sales to 6.37 million units. The PlayStation 5 would need to sell 286,836 units in its 18th 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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3 Comments
kazuyamishima (on 21 March 2021)

The week after next is the release of infamous second son back in 2014 and the PS4 did about 250K and 215K the following week. After that it remained below 200K all the way to Destiny’s launch (September 13th).

If the PS5 continues with this same trend it will pass the PS4 in the next weeks, Stock was higher this week compared to previous weeks and Returnal is launching next month and Resident Evil Village in May

Great feat since you know, now it has competition :)

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KratosLives (on 21 March 2021)

If they cut production off ps4, how many of those people would make the jump to ps5, if there was enough supply?

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