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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 20

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 20 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 April 2021 / 3,274 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 20

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

  1. PS5: 6,799,218
  2. Switch: 4,431,150
  3. XSX|S: 4,323,055

Through the first 20 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 2.37 million units and is 2.48 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 108,095 units.

The PS5 has sold 6.80 million in 20 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 4.43 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 4.32 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 20 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 43.7 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 28.5 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 27.8 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 34.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 20

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

  1. PS5: 2,762,485
  2. XSX|S: 2,152,318
  3. Switch: 1,663,412

Through the first 20 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 0.61 million units and is 1.10 million units ahead of the Switch. The Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Switch by 0.49 million units.

The PS5 has sold 2.76 million in 20 weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 2.15 million units and the Switch 1.66 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 20 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 42.0 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 32.7 percent, and the Switch at 25.3 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 37 and current Xbox Series X|S sales until week 29.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 20

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (19 weeks):

  1. PS5: 2,319,720
  2. Switch: 1,271,828
  3. XSX|S: 1,258,169

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 19 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.05 million units and is 1.06 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 13,659.

The PS5 has sold 2.32 million in 19 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 1.27 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 1.26 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 19 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 47.8 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 26.2 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 26.0 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 40.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 20

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

  1. Switch: 1,099,938
  2. PS5: 582,476
  3. XSX|S: 41,174

Through the first 20 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 0.52 million units and is 1.06 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.54 million units.

The Switch has sold 1.10 million units in 20 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 0.58 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.04 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 20 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 63.8 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 33.8 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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12 Comments
siebensus4 (on 10 April 2021)

Can we get a chart which compares PS5 to Wii, the fastest selling console?

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Alistair (on 10 April 2021)

Does anyone actually think Sony is worried right now? PS5 out selling the Switch, Xbox outselling the Switch launch in the U.S. also. The only thing Sony needs to do is manufacture more of them, they don't need a game pass equivalent etc.

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siebensus4 Alistair (on 10 April 2021)

PS5 & Xbox Series launched in November, Switch in March. Switch is still one holiday season behind.

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Alistair siebensus4 (on 10 April 2021)

That doesn't matter. The first Christmas is supply constrained. In fact sales last Christmas were no more higher than Christmas 2018 for example. You'll be comparing a holiday with more supply for the Switch.

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xMetroid Alistair (on 11 April 2021)

You can still launch with bigger shipments since in March it's less inclined to be successful. Anyway, Switch's first year was nothing spectacular. It will be interesting to watch in the coming years if the PS5 can keep up with it.

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siebensus4 Alistair (on 12 April 2021)

With launch aligned comparisons you get a blurred image, if the consoles launched in different months. You can actually compare them only after 12, 24, 36, 48 etc. months if you'd like to have a fair comparison. That's why we see double a helix structure in those gap charts. Supply constraints are bad, but that's how it is.

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Alistair siebensus4 (on 14 April 2021)

no you can't just look at 12 months, there would almost be 2 holidays for Sony but only one for Nintendo in that time period

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Jumpinbeans Alistair (on 10 April 2021)

If you have a look at Playstation Now and the "download" section it does have a huge collection of games some of which are pretty new(ish). I think all PS4 games are downloadable as well as streamable. I went in there to have a look for the first time in about 3-4years and was pleasantly surprised. It wouldnt take that much for sony to surpass gamepass in the breadth of games in their service is they really wanted to......price would be interesting though....it would have to go up.

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Juanita Jumpinbeans (on 10 April 2021)

PlaystationNow--->700 Games, 59€/Year

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eddy7eddy (on 09 April 2021)

Yeah, just 150+ more weeks to see Switch 2020 & 2021 VS PS5/XboxSerS/X.

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Chicho eddy7eddy (on 09 April 2021)

After 25 weeks there will just be monthly charts

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eddy7eddy Chicho (on 09 April 2021)

Oh I see, do you know by any chance how many months can be put lnto a graph?
Switch VS XboxOne/PS4 still shows March 2017.

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