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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 33

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 33 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 July 2021 / 4,059 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 33

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

  1. PS5: 9,545,824
  2. Switch: 6,650,260
  3. XSX|S: 5,704,272

Through the first 33 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 2.90 million units and is 3.84 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.95 million units.

The PS5 has sold 9.55 million in 33 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 6.65 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 5.70 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 33 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 43.6 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 30.4 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 26.0 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 41.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 33

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

  1. PS5: 3,620,916
  2. XSX|S: 2,828,212
  3. Switch: 2,446,169

Through the first 33 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 0.79 million units and is 1.17 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 3.62 million in 33 weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 2.83 million units and the Switch 2.45 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 33 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 40.7 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 31.8 percent, and the Switch at 27.5 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 40 and current Xbox Series X|S sales until week 38.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 33

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (32 weeks):

  1. PS5: 3,409,411
  2. Switch: 1,795,339
  3. XSX|S: 1,655,560

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 32 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.61 million units and is 1.75 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 139,779.

The PS5 has sold 3.41 million in 32 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 1.80 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 1.66 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 32 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 49.7 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 26.2 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 24.1 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 45.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 33

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

  1. Switch: 1,867,973
  2. PS5: 862,093
  3. XSX|S: 58,174

Through the first 33 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 1.01 million units and is 1.81 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.80 million units.

The Switch has sold 1.87 million units in 33 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 0.86 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.06 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 33 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 67.0 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 30.9 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.1 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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5 Comments
icykai (on 09 July 2021)

PS5 needs 455k in 2 weeks to beat the 10m record (I think week 36 WII). Also, it seems like there is going to be a helix.

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Dulfite (on 09 July 2021)

Really curious how PS5 is going to do once it hits the point where Switch starts popping. At the rate it is going now around week 42 Switch will leave PS5 in the dust for the foreseeable future based on that graph.

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Kakadu18 Dulfite (on 10 July 2021)

It will likely be a double helix like with the PS4 with their holiday seasons not lining up before the Switch leaves the PS5 in the dust after it's third holiday season (2019), just like with the PS4.

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Ucouldntbemorewrong Dulfite (on 13 July 2021)

Keep in mind PS5 is still in stock restraints (Covid/Chip shortage). More interested in seeing what it looks like when PS5 is readily available. Think PS5 will smoke Switch Globally. Weeks aligned PS5 is out selling Switch everywhere other than Japan. Not only that the shortages of PS5 and XBX have only added to the sales of Switch. Where buyers have just picked up what they can find.

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The first year isn't always a definitive indicator of how a console is going to sell lifetime. The Wii, with it's heavy drop off later on, the Switch with it's 2020 sales surge. The DS' first year was comparatively weak before the DS Lite released. The PS4 had the biggest launch ever at the time.
We can't know where the PS5 is headed from how it's performing now, but I seriously doubt that it's going to end up much higher than 130mil.

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