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PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - May 2021

PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - May 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 July 2021 / 5,353 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 - May 2021

PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - May 2021

PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - May 2021

PS5 Vs. Switch Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 28,451 - NS

Total Lead: 2,421,755 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 8,746,474

Switch Total Sales: 6,324,719

May 2021 is the seventh month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Nintendo Switch when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 by 28,451 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 2.42 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 8.75 million units in seven months, while the Nintendo Switch sold 6.32 million units. Month seven for the PlayStation 5 is May 2021 and for the Nintendo Switch it is September 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 86.28 million units through May 2021.


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
Bofferbrauer2 (on 03 July 2021)

Switch started to get better supply around that time, and now they're pretty much even in sales. next months will be very interesting to say the least.

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SvenTheTurkey (on 04 July 2021)

Everyone get ready for PS4 vs switch part 2.

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Mnementh (on 03 July 2021)

What was the biggest the PS4 was ahead of Switch launch aligned?

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Mnementh siebensus4 (on 03 July 2021)

So somewhat similar to the PS5, although in the first year it looks like the lead of PS4 barely got bigger than 2M. So PS5 is doing slightly better. That all means, that Switch and PS5 will probably do a similar dance (or double helix) as Switch and PS4 did.

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