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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 32

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 32 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 July 2021 / 6,393 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 32

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

  1. PS5: 9,336,682
  2. Switch: 6,483,106
  3. XSX|S: 5,556,055

Through the first 32 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 2.85 million units and is 3.78 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.93 million units.

The PS5 has sold 9.34 million in 32 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 6.48 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 5.56 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 32 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 43.7 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 30.3 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 26.0 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 40.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 32

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

  1. PS5: 3,572,154
  2. XSX|S: 2,758,375
  3. Switch: 2,380,435

Through the first 32 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 0.81 million units and is 1.19 million units ahead of the Switch. The Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Switch by 0.38 million units.

The PS5 has sold 3.57 million in 32 weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 2.76 million units and the Switch 2.38 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 32 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 41.0 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 31.7 percent, and the Switch at 27.3 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 40 and current Xbox Series X|S sales until week 37.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 32

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (31 weeks):

  1. PS5: 3,315,846
  2. Switch: 1,751,211
  3. XSX|S: 1,613,066

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 31 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.56 million units and is 1.70 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 138,145.

The PS5 has sold 3.32 million in 31 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 1.75 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 1.61 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 31 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 49.6 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 26.2 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 24.2 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 44.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 32

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

  1. Switch: 1,826,226
  2. PS5: 838,621
  3. XSX|S: 53,912

Through the first 32 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 0.99 million units and is 1.77 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.78 million units.

The Switch has sold 1.83 million units in 32 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 0.84 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.05 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 32 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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10 Comments
SuperNintend0rk (on 02 July 2021)

Switch's first holiday is almost here. It will be interesting to see if the PS5 will hold onto its lead or fall behind for a bit.

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Definitely the latter, what you see on the graph at the moment is only the first 2 weeks of Switch's holiday... the next 4 weeks not shown yet it sold ~4million

  • +2

Good point! I forgot how well it sold during its first holiday. That's when it really started to take off.

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PS5 should pass it again but probably not till week 53-58... as that will be PS5s holiday period.

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Yup and then we'll have to see if the PS5 can stay ahead until the Switch's next holiday.

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mjk45 HigHurtenflurst (on 02 July 2021)

I'm a bit confused because its week 32 and even when you look at the switch at the end of the graph at week 39 it's only around 300k ahead of where the PS5 is now

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HigHurtenflurst mjk45 (on 02 July 2021)

Week 39 for Switch was Black Friday week in November, the graph also shows week 40, but doesn't show weeks 41 onwards, which means it doesn't show Switch's December sales.

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mjk45 mjk45 (on 03 July 2021)

Switch sold 1.5 million in Dec 2017 so if I'm right with PS5 at week 32 being around 300k behind Switch at week 40 , adding on those 1.5 million should leave PS5 needing around 1.8 million sales in 12 weeks to equal the switch end of Dec numbers if so that would average around 150K a week does this sound correct?

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HigHurtenflurst mjk45 (on 03 July 2021)

Where are you getting 1.5m from, are you mixing up global & US figures? Switch sold way more than 1.5m in December globally, while if you are only looking at USA graph then sure Switch sold 1.5million in December, but PS5 is not gonna do 150k a week in US alone.

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mjk45 HigHurtenflurst (on 03 July 2021)

Your right it was my fault when I googled sales for December the 1,5 million figure showed up I thought it looked low that's why I added does this sound correct , still I should have double checked cheers.

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