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Switch Sales Top 85 Million - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for May 2-8

Switch Sales Top 85 Million - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for May 2-8 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 20 May 2021 / 4,577 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 393,370 units sold for the week ending May 8, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 85.27 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 180,294 units to bring its lifetime sales to 8.22 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 88,140 units to bring their lifetime sales to 4.90 million units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 33,020 units, the Xbox One sold 14,912 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 725 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are down 209,481 units (-34.8%). The PlayStation 4 is down 158,420 (-82.8%), the Xbox One is down 66,956 units (-81.8%), and the 3DS is down 9,648 units (-93.0%).

PS5 Sales, Xbox Series X and S Sales, Switch Sales

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 393,370 (85,273,547)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 180,294 (8,220,011)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 88,140 (4,904,300)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 33,020 (115,550,985)
  5. Xbox One - 14,912 (50,082,051)
  6. 3DS - 725 (75,932,714)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 176,803
  2. PlayStation 5 - 74,149
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 54,355
  4. PlayStation 4 - 11,499
  5. Xbox One - 10,466
  6. 3DS - 109
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Nintendo Switch - 97,447
  2. PlayStation 5 - 62,554
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 23,599
  4. PlayStation 4 - 17,599
  5. Xbox One - 3,446
  6. 3DS - 123
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 101,587
  2. PlayStation 5 - 38,650
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 6,824
  4. PlayStation 4 - 3,016
  5. Xbox One - 552
  6. 3DS - 482
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 17,533
  2. PlayStation 5 - 4,941
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 3,362
  4. PlayStation 4 - 906
  5. Xbox One - 448
  6. 3DS - 11

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
dmillos (on 20 May 2021)

Being down 35% vs last year may sound bad, but it still amazes me how well the Switch is selling. Just a random piece of information. This marks the 40th consecutive week the Switch has sold over 350k units. This ties the record with the DS that had 40 consecutive weeks above 350k between april 2007 and January 2008.

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scottslater dmillos (on 21 May 2021)

So likely to be the new record holder at 41 weeks... I wonder how high the streak will get to.

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Ninhut (on 20 May 2021)

Are there any bottlenecks at the switch or why is this week so bad for switch conditions

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trunkswd Ninhut (on 20 May 2021)

Switch was getting a nice boost in sales in Japan before this week due to Golden Week and compared to 2020 the Switch was getting a huge boost due to Animal Crossing and the lockdowns.

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Kakadu18 Ninhut (on 20 May 2021)

The Switch dropped in Japan from 165k in the previous week to 70k in this one. That explains the WoW drop.

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