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PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - April 2021

PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - April 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 June 2021 / 5,025 Views

The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the PlayStation 5 and Switch.

The PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup.

PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - April 2021

PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - April 2021

PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - April 2021

PS5 Vs. Switch Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 352,994 - PS5

Total Lead: 2,548,706 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 8,039,717

Switch Total Sales: 5,491,011

April 2021 is the sixth month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the Nintendo Switch by 352,994 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 2.55 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 8.04 million units in six months, while the Nintendo Switch sold 5.49 million units. Month 6 for the PlayStation 5 is April 2021 and for the Nintendo Switch it is August 2017.

The Nintendo Switch did not reach current PlayStation 5 sales until month nine where it had sold 8.81 million units.

The Nintendo Switch crossed 10 million units sold in month 10, 20 million in month 19, and 30 million in month 23. The Nintendo Switch has sold 84.88 million units to date.


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
eddy7eddy (on 01 June 2021)

PS5 looking at Switch's 4th year:
Why are you running?
Why are you running!?

  • +10
icykai (on 01 June 2021)

I think it's safe to assume the PS5 will be the fastest console ever to break 10m. It could probably be the fastest to break 20m too. Is it possible to make a PS5 vs WII for the purpose of knowing who's faster to 30m.

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siebensus4 icykai (on 01 June 2021)

PS5 is currently only 320k ahead of PS4 and 660k ahead of Wii. Especially Wii will pick up pace soon. PS5 needs to sell between 250 - 300k weekly to not lose ground. Wii reached 10m in week 36 (beginning of month 9). PS5 should reach 10m in week 34/35 with current pace. This should be close race to 10m ^^

  • +9
billyboy (on 02 June 2021)

This chart and the Xbox vs Switch chart ae both in the "Not really meaningful" territory right now. TSMC fabs are at max capacity and Sony was able to make some deals with AMD to get more of that allocation in exchange for a higher price. Even then both are supply constrained right now so we have no idea how well each would sell if that didn't exist. In general most consoles (switch included) are supply constrained in their first year and we really see if they are going to shine when year two starts. It will be very exciting to see how they sell then and how sales may be affected once covid ends and once it is easier to pick up a new video card without paying insane scalper prices

What can be said for sure is all three companies consoles are selling way better than expected and this is good for gaming :)

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tripenfall (on 01 June 2021)

It's a great time for gaming. The Switch is killing it and despite lacklustre launch line ups the PS5 is harder to find than hen's teeth.

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super_etecoon tripenfall (on 01 June 2021)

I've never looked for a PS5 or hen's teeth, so I have to assume you know what you're talking about.

  • +5
LivncA_Dis3 (on 01 June 2021)

My good lord all thanks to the amazing ps4,
Everyone welcomes the almighty ps5 in their arms

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