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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 July 2021 / 3,826 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 Xbox Series X|S and Switch.

The Xbox Series X|S 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.

XSX|S Vs. Switch Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 434,568 - NS

Total Lead: 1,131,419 - NS

Xbox Series X|S Total Sales: 5,193,300

Switch Total Sales: 6,324,719

May 2021 is the seventh month the Xbox Series X|S 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 Xbox Series X|S by 434,568 units. The Nintendo Switch is currently ahead by 1.13 million units.

The Xbox Series X|S has sold 5.19 million units in seven months, while the Nintendo Switch sold 6.32 million units. Month seven for the Xbox Series X|S is May 2021 and for the Nintendo Switch it is September 2017.

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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8 Comments
SuperNintend0rk (on 04 July 2021)

This is a surprisingly close race, or at least it was at the beginning. The gap is quickly growing each month now.

  • +4

Yeah, XS will not be able to compete, but at least it ain't such a curb-stomp as it was against the XBO.

  • +4

Yup it could be a lot worse. I'm very curious to see how well the Series consoles do over the long run.

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Greenfox SuperNintend0rk (on 04 July 2021)

Well, that depends on how well Xbox does at the start of this generation.

Like Nintendo, Xbox consoles do not have a large base of users, who buy the console de facto day one. People usually prefer to watch how the generation unfolds, and then decide whether or not to buy. That's why NS and XS are so close now.

If Xbox proves its strength in the first two years, maybe they can try to follow the rise of NS and convince the public.

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SuperNintend0rk Greenfox (on 04 July 2021)

I think it will do better than last gen and possibly outsell the 360 but it has no chance against the Switch.

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Agente42 (on 05 July 2021)

The problem with this graph: one have one holiday and another have nothing.

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Majora (on 04 July 2021)

Considering the NS was basically willed to fail, it has defied all expectation and rules of decency to be so successful!

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curl-6 (on 04 July 2021)

The real test will come once all the early adopters and brand loyalists driving its sales so far own an XS.

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