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PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 22

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 22 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 25 April 2021 / 3,214 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 22

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 22

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 22,754 - PS5

Gap change over last month: 125,928 - PS5

Total Lead: 109,393 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 7,295,621

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 7,186,228

During week 22, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 by 22,754 units. In the last month, the PlayStation 5 has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 125,928 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by just 109,393 units. 

The PlayStation 5 has sold 7.30 million units in 22 weeks, while the PlayStation 4 sold 7.19 million units. Week 22 for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending April 10, 2021 and it is the week ending April 11, 2014 for the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 sold 178,134 units in its 23rd week to bring its lifetime sales to 7.36 million units. The PlayStation 5 would need to sell 68,741 units in its 23rd week to stay ahead of the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 crossed eight million sold in week 28, nine million units sold in week 33, and 10 million units sold in week 39.


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
Dahum (on 25 April 2021)

Impressive how the PS5 is pulling ahead of PS4 even tho we’re in the middle of a pandemic and its suffering from shortage of some parts!

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Amnesia Dahum (on 25 April 2021)

This "Pandemic" is a transformation of our world toward more virtuality than ever before, this should increase a lot the global size of the video game market in the coming years.... We all know by now, even those in deny, that Nintendo created the COVID 19 to sell Animal Crossing.

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KLAMarine Amnesia (on 25 April 2021)

Those evil geniuses!

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SvenTheTurkey Amnesia (on 26 April 2021)

Right. There might be chip shortages, but a lot of the issue is the increased demand for electronics. So while the ps5 has limited supply, it also has boosted demand. If not for the pandemic, the demand wouldn't have risen, and the increased demand is only worsening the chip shortage. Take the pandemic out of the equation and you would have the ps5 selling the same as it is now just like the ps4 did. But it would be easily available.

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kazuyamishima SvenTheTurkey (on 27 April 2021)

Pandemic “helped” all consoles, but at the same time hurt semiconductors production, meaning that sales for PS5 would be higher if not for the shortages.

Still, despite the shortages, it’s outstanding that the PS5 is outpacing a console that was already successful.

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