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PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 23

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 23 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 May 2021 / 4,037 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 23

PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 23

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 38,699 - PS5

Gap change over last month: 280,314 - PS5

Total Lead: 399,562 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 7,763,924

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 7,364,362

During week 23, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 by 38,699 units. In the last month, the PlayStation 5 has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 280,314 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by just 399,562 units. 

The PlayStation 5 has sold 7.76 million units in 23 weeks, while the PlayStation 4 sold 7.36 million units. Week 23 for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending April 17, 2021 and it is the week ending April 18, 2014 for the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 5 is already ahead of the sales of the PlayStation 4 after week 25, where the PlayStation 4 sold 7.68 million. The PlayStation 5 is 71,580 units away from surpassing PlayStation 4 sales after 26 weeks.

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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7 Comments
dmillos (on 01 May 2021)

I believe this gap will continue to increase in favor of PS5, at least for the next 18 weeks. As a reference, the PS4 averaged 166K for the next 10 weeks. The PS5 has averaged 254K the past 10 weeks. So if the PS5 is able to somewhat maintain this streak, it will probably push the gap past 1M in the upcoming weeks.

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AFattyGamer (on 01 May 2021)

PS5 ahead of its predecessor by 400k units. Sony will beat their aim of more PS5's shipped than PS4 for their current fiscal year. Cornavirus just had to ruin the current potential...

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mutantsushi (on 04 May 2021)

Is the basic structure of Sony's contract with AMD known? Do they have locked in volume growth guaranteed? I'm just wondering how the chip shortage affects them... At mercy of the market, or if they do have certain rights?

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KingreX32 (on 02 May 2021)

I find those ps5 numbers odd since no one can find one. Months later still none on the shelves

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No_Name_Needed (on 02 May 2021)

Impressive considering the circumstances. Now just imagine if Sony could produce more of these consoles and faster than they are doing now.

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kazuyamishima (on 01 May 2021)

I still think that VGC numbers are undertracked for PS5

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xMetroid kazuyamishima (on 01 May 2021)

They just updated them to match a more accurate number compared to what Sony announced a few days ago..

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