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PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 18

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 18 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 28 March 2021 / 2,473 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 18

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 18

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 60,883 - PS5

Gap change over last month: 54,408 - PS4

Total Lead: 68,535 - PS4

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 6,296,634

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 6,365,169

During week 18, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 by 60,883 units. In the last month, the PlayStation 4 has grown its lead by 54,408 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently behind by 68,535 units. 

The PlayStation 5 has sold 6.30 million units in 18 weeks, while the PlayStation 4 sold 6.37 million units. Week 18 for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending March 13, 2021 and it is the week ending March 14, 2014 for the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 sold 245,428 units in its 19th week to bring its lifetime sales to 6.61 million units. The PlayStation 5 would need to sell 313,963 units in its 19th 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
Tridrakious (on 28 March 2021)

With the PS5's momentum, we should see it start growing a lead over the PS4.

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SvenTheTurkey Tridrakious (on 30 March 2021)

Momentum is kind of irrelevant. They just need more units on shelves.

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Podings (on 30 March 2021)

There seems to be a rather harsh limit to how fast they can make the PS5 for now.
The custom aluminum casing means that Sony has had to outbid western orders at almost every CNC machine shop in China, so they can push more units out the door.

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