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Analyst: Switch Sold 5.86M in Q1 2021, PS5 Sold 2.83M and Xbox Series X|S Sold 1.31M

Analyst: Switch Sold 5.86M in Q1 2021, PS5 Sold 2.83M and Xbox Series X|S Sold 1.31M - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 June 2021 / 3,025 Views

Ampere Analysis video games analyst Piers Harding-Rolls has released a new report with estimated hardware sales for the first quarter of 2021. 

The report says Nintendo Switch sell-through sales for Q1 2021 are up 12 percent compared to Q1 2020 with 5.86 million units sold. This growth Harding-Rolls says will be put under pressure in Q2 due to the huge uptick in Switch sales from the relase of Animal Crossing: New Horizons in  March 2020 and the pandemic. 

Harding-Rolls says the Nintendo Switch will keep outselling the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in 2021 with the hybrid console at its peak and the next-generation consoles being supply-constrained. 

The report says the PlayStation 5 has outsold the Xbox Series X|S by a bit more than 2 to 1, which is in line with weekly VGChartz estimates. The report puts PS5 estimates at 2.83 million sold to consumers for the quarter and 1.31 million Xbox Series X|S consoles sold. 

Analyst: Switch Sold 5.86M in Q1 2021, PS5 Sold 2.83M and Xbox Series X|S Sold 1.31M

"Sony will be pleased that its PS4 market share is continuing into the new generation but it is very hard to gauge real demand under the current market conditions," said Harding-Rolls.

Through the end of April, VGChartz estimates PS5 sales have topped eight million units lifetime and the Xbox Series X|S is nearing five million sold. The Switch is also nearing lifetime sales of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. 

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Angelv577 (on 20 May 2021)

I am having a hard time understanding xbox sales numbers. If they are selling out all the time, why are they getting beaten 2 to 1. Why is MS not shipping more consoles compare to Sony?.

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billyboy Angelv577 (on 20 May 2021)

neither company expected this demand caused by a mix between covid, crypto boom, and global chip shortage. Both MS and Sony have a CPU and GPU that are fabbed at TSMC on their 7nm process. TSMC is at 100% capacity and all of this capacity was allocated over a year ago. MS and Sony both want more units to ship but have no way to get them. As key players move off of TSMC 7nm and as AMD gets a larger percentage of that capacity we will see more units for both parties but this is a slow process and we shouldn't expect the weekly/monthly unit count to change much for the rest of the year.

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 20 May 2021)

So a bit higher than VgChartz numbers for Switch and PS5 and pretty much spot on with Xbox Series. Hard to tell how accurate it really is but it doesn't hurt to have another source of estimates.

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