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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 24

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 24 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 May 2021 / 3,036 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 24

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

  1. PS5: 7,944,584
  2. Switch: 5,192,174
  3. XSX|S: 4,752,658

Through the first 24 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 3.19 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.44 million units.

The PS5 has sold 7.94 million in 24 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 5.19 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 4.75 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 24 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 44.4 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 29.0 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 26.6 percent.

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

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 24

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

  1. PS5: 3,231,351
  2. XSX|S: 2,378,042
  3. Switch: 1,889,241

Through the first 24 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 0.85 million units and is 1.34 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 3.23 million in 24 weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 2.38 million units and the Switch 1.89 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 24 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 43.1 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 31.7 percent, and the Switch at 25.2 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 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 24

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (23 weeks):

  1. PS5: 2,754,914
  2. Switch: 1,426,712
  3. XSX|S: 1,389,802

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 23 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.32 million units and is 1.37 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 36,910.

The PS5 has sold 2.75 million in 23 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 1.43 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 1.39 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 23 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 49.4 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 25.6 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 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 24

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

  1. Switch: 1,440,507
  2. PS5: 661,559
  3. XSX|S: 42,614

Through the first 24 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 0.78 million units and is 1.40 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.62 million units.

The Switch has sold 1.44 million units in 24 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 0.66 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.04 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 24 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 67.2 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 30.8 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.0 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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11 Comments
golfgt170 (on 07 May 2021)

Ps5 is such a beast! Its mindbogling to see its course of sales during the pandemic and all these shortages. Ofc Xbox is doing great too and switch releasing in march and doing these sales! Well done on all 3!

  • +5
Doctor_MG golfgt170 (on 08 May 2021)

Not to discount Sonys success but...

1: there is not as large of a chip shortage as people assume since Sony is able to manufacture more consoles than they could the PS4.

2: The pandemic has boosted the videogame industry overall.


Basically, when people say Sony did this "despite the pandemic" it's not actually despite. It's actually partially caused by.

P.S. I'm sure Sony could sell more PS5s with more manufacturing, but the same is true for any console that sells out within launch such as the PS4 Switch, and Wii. It's not that uncommon to see consoles sell out and manufacturers struggle to meet demand. Hell, Nintendo had that circumstance with Amibos.

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golfgt170 Doctor_MG (on 08 May 2021)

In my post i mentioned all 3 major companies and the time specific release date for switch. Said that all 3 are doing so well. Yes pandeming helped gaming, but also made all working conditions harder for all divisions. Just trying to downplay only sony, is not revelant.

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SvenTheTurkey Doctor_MG (on 08 May 2021)

Agreed. The pandemic caused increased demand for electronics which caused chip scarcity which caused increased demand for electronics. People want what they can't get.

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xMetroid (on 07 May 2021)

I might get hate but i do think PS5 will be a lot more frontloaded then the PS4. Demand is still sky high but i feel like it could peak in it's first 2-3 years since i do anticipate Xbox to be a bigger competitor later when their exclusives finally start coming out.

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SvenTheTurkey xMetroid (on 08 May 2021)

You might be right. But it could also lead to more momentum. If they can increase game output to match the higher userbase, they can convert the higher initial demand into higher lifetime sales.

The ball is in their court at this point in the game.

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Bofferbrauer2 xMetroid (on 08 May 2021)

You're not the only one expecting the PS5 to be more frontloaded than previous playstations. How much so is yet to be seen, but I personally expect a sales trajectory that's pretty similar to the one of the Wii

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AFattyGamer (on 08 May 2021)

"It's a Sony" baby. 8 million on this next chart. Keep it rolling Sony!

  • +1
eddy7eddy (on 07 May 2021)

Would be interesting to see the Waveform after Switch's Holiday and if PS5/XboxSX can keep the momentum. Makes me remember the first graphs you made of Switch VS PS4/XOne with everybody having no idea how well Switch would sell.

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trunkswd eddy7eddy (on 07 May 2021)

I do eventually plan on making this a monthly series, as well as doing specific PS5 vs Switch and XS vs Switch monthly ones.

  • +6
eddy7eddy trunkswd (on 07 May 2021)

That would be Great, Thanks.

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