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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S Sales Comparison - May 2021

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S Sales Comparison - May 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 July 2021 / 4,785 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 Xbox Series X|S.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S both launched in November 2020. The PlayStation 5 launched 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 Xbox Series X|S launched worldwide on November 10, 2020.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S Sales Comparison - May2021

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S Sales Comparison - May2021

PS5 Vs. XSX|S Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 436,117 - PS5

Total Lead: 3,583,174 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 8,800,474

Xbox Series X|S Total Sales: 5,217,300

May 2021 is the seventh month the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S 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 Xbox Series X|S by 436,117 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 3.68 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 8.80 million units in six months, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 5.22 million units.

The PlayStation 5 is currently 447,292 units ahead of the PlayStation 4 when you align launches and the Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Xbox One by 783,308 units.


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
smroadkill15 (on 21 June 2021)

Both are selling really well, Ps5 more so. The gap probably won't be as wide as last gen.

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loy310 (on 22 June 2021)

Both seems to be doing really well. PS5 above PS4 currently at $100 more in price is a good at launch is a good sign.
Gap between xs and PS5 should widen for the remainder of the gen. If XS can’t make up the gap now then it won’t for the rest of the gen.

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Runa216 loy310 (on 22 June 2021)

That's not entirely true. Xbox 360 started a year ahead AND continued to sell better than the PS3 for years, yet PS3 closed the gap. Long-term performance is more important than short term gains. This is, as it always is, a marathon, not a sprint.

Xbox has a tonne of potential, for sure. Their list of in-development games is impressive, so we can't count them out, but history has not been kind to them and their track record has been spotty at best.

So while it's possible they could make a late-gen sprint, the chances are pretty low.

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loy310 Runa216 (on 22 June 2021)

So low thats its impossible

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SKMBlake (on 21 June 2021)

The gap will get wider

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Blood_Tears (on 22 June 2021)

The gap will likely be around 50 million by the end of the gen, especially with MS looking into bringing their services to smart TV's and firesticks which will cause lower console sales.

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mjk45 Blood_Tears (on 28 June 2021)

So even though you see lower console sales ( btw any breakdown on who specifically) , you also see the Gap shrinking around 15 million in favour of MS.

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