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PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 20

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 20 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 April 2021 / 3,580 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 20

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 20

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 55,953 - PS5

Gap change over last month: 155,426 - PS5

Total Lead: 18,699 - PS4

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 6,799,218

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 6,817,917

During week 20, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 by 55,953 units. In the last month, the PlayStation 5 has closed the gap by 155,426 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently behind by just 18,699 units. 

The PlayStation 5 has sold 6.80 million units in 20 weeks, while the PlayStation 4 sold 6.82 million units. Week 20 for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending March 27, 2021 and it is the week ending March 28, 2014 for the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 sold 191,431 units in its 21st week to bring its lifetime sales to 7.01 million units. The PlayStation 5 would need to sell 210,130 units in its 21st 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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5 Comments
Blood_Tears (on 10 April 2021)

It will be interesting to see the real sales number for PS5 next month in the FY report.

  • +3
SvenTheTurkey Blood_Tears (on 11 April 2021)

It will be an instance of sold being very close to shipped.

  • +1
kazuyamishima (on 10 April 2021)

I expected Ps5 to pass PS4 by week 22-23, but it could be achieved by week 21.

Such an achievement considering, you know... there is “competition” now.

  • +1
Alistair kazuyamishima (on 11 April 2021)

they could be selling twice as many if they could make twice as many

  • +1
SKMBlake (on 11 April 2021)

Imagine the sales with stocks

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