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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 23

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 23 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 May 2021 / 3,106 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 Global:

  1. PS5: 7,763,924
  2. Switch: 5,008,963
  3. XSX|S: 4,668,388

Through the first 23 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 2.75 million units and is 3.10 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.34 million units.

The PS5 has sold 7.76 million in 23 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 5.01 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 4.67 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 23 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 44.5 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 28.7 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 26.8 percent.

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

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

  1. PS5: 3,164,400
  2. XSX|S: 2,332,978
  3. Switch: 1,836,507

Through the first 23 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 0.83 million units and is 1.33 million units ahead of the Switch. The Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Switch by 0.50 million units.

The PS5 has sold 3.16 million in 23 weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 2.33 million units and the Switch 1.84 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 23 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 43.2 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 31.8 percent, and the Switch at 25.0 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 39 and current Xbox Series X|S sales until week 32.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (22 weeks):

  1. PS5: 2,694,499
  2. Switch: 1,390,514
  3. XSX|S: 1,364,440

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 22 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.14 million units and is 1.33 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 26,074.

The PS5 has sold 2.69 million in 22 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 1.39 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 1.36 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 22 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 49.5 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 25.5 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 25.0 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 42.

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

  1. Switch: 1,355,664
  2. PS5: 641,323
  3. XSX|S: 42,486

Through the first 23 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 0.71 million units and is 1.31 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.60 million units.

The Switch has sold 1.36 million units in 23 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 0.64 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.04 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 23 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 66.5 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 31.4 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.1 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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4 Comments
progstarmac (on 30 April 2021)

It's clear and definite by now that the PS5 has the best launch.

  • +4
siebensus4 progstarmac (on 01 May 2021)

Compared to XSX and Switch, yes. Compared to PS4 it's a close battle (200k difference) and soon Wii goes in beast mode, too. After week 31 Wii outsells PS4 launch aligned.

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dmillos progstarmac (on 01 May 2021)

Absolutely, PS5 is having an incredible launch, March was outstanding, in the past 6 weeks it out sold PS4 1.6M to 1M, so right now it has the capacity of setting wonderful records.

I want to highlight one aspect that it is important to realize when looking at this graph. PS5 has had a holiday season in this chart while Switch is still in august. This means that this huge gap will shrink rapidly once Switch enters holiday season. In the next 21 weeks, the switch will sell 8.1M, that is an average 385K each week.
I honestly believe that the Switch will be ahead at that point, but I have been positively surprised to see how amazing the PS5 is selling. A few months ago I thought it would be impossible for the PS5 to outsell the Switch after 12 months, but right now I have it as a maybe. It is awesome to see all consoles sell well. Even the XS is having a great time.

  • +3
AFattyGamer (on 30 April 2021)

Impressive numbers all around. PS5 should be over 8.5 million by the end of May. Keep it rolling Sony!

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