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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 18

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 18 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 27 March 2021 / 4,686 Views

This weekly mini-series compares the aligned launch sales of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch. 

It should be noted the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S had a worldwide launch, while the PlayStation 5 launch was split over the course of two weeks. Also, the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017, while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S launched during the holidays in November 2020.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 18

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Global:

  1. PS5: 6,296,634
  2. Switch: 4,188,151
  3. XSX|S: 4,040,062

Through the first 18 weeks available worldwide the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Switch and Xbox Series X|S by a fair margin. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 2.11 million units and is 2.26 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 148,089 units.

The PS5 has sold 6.30 million in 18 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 4.19 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 4.04 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 18 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 43.4 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 28.8 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 27.8 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 31.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 18

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch US:

  1. PS5: 2,629,504
  2. XSX|S: 2,046,247
  3. Switch: 1,569,332

Through the first 18 weeks available in the US the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.58 million units and is 1.06 million units ahead of the Switch. The Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Switch by 0.48 million units.

The PS5 has sold 2.63 million in 18 weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 2.05 million units and the Switch 1.57 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 18 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 42.1 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 32.8 percent, and the Switch at 25.1 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 36 and current Xbox Series X|S sales until week 27.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 18

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (17 weeks):

  1. PS5: 2,125,412
  2. Switch: 1,197,395
  3. XSX|S: 1,163,088

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 17 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 0.93 million units and is 0.96 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 34,307.

The PS5 has sold 2.13 million in 17 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 1.20 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 1.16 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 17 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 47.4 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 26.7 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 25.9 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 38.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 18

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Japan:

  1. Switch: 1,040,747
  2. PS5: 485,496
  3. XSX|S: 37,894

Through the first 18 weeks available in Japan the Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S by a wide margin. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 0.56 million units and is 1.00 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.45 million units.

The Switch has sold 1.04 million units in 18 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 0.49 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.04 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 18 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 66.6 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 31.0 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.4 percent.


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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7 Comments
Darwinianevolution (on 28 March 2021)

I'm actually surprised the XBoxX is doing so well in Europe, following the Switch's sales so closely. I wonder how much are the PS5 shortages affecting it.

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Valvados Darwinianevolution (on 28 March 2021)

according to my friends: quite a lot. lol

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SvenTheTurkey Valvados (on 28 March 2021)

Yeah, but do people really buy a console they don't want just to have any?

I know I wouldn't buy one hard to find console instead of another just because it's the first one I found. The only people buying consoles at this point are people who know what they want. So it just seems unlikely that people are going to buy an xbox if they want a playstation. That's only a holiday phenomenon. Not mid March.

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SvenTheTurkey (on 28 March 2021)

These charts really make the ps5 seem like it's doing considerably better than the others. But even a difference of 2 million isn't much in the long term. The gap certainly may grow. But 2 million could easily be erased as well.

But I wonder how much these launches are going to affect future ones. Will companies produce considerably more consoles for the first year in the future?

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It's a bit soon to talk about the next launches when this consoles have just begun to release, plus having to deal with the pandemic manufacturing shortages and all.

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siebensus4 SvenTheTurkey (on 29 March 2021)

PS5 + XSX/S already had a holiday season. Switch launched in March and its first holiday season will be around week 40.

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CaptainExplosion (on 28 March 2021)

It's a miracle that, other than Japan at least, the PS5 did so well with all the scalpers and shortages.

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