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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 36

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 36 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 29 July 2021 / 2,259 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 36

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

  1. PS5: 10,011,011
  2. Switch: 7,351,029
  3. XSX|S: 6,173,464

Through the first 36 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 2.66 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 1.18 million units.

The PS5 has sold 10.01 million in 36 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 7.35 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 6.17 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 36 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 42.6 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 31.2 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 26.2 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 36

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

  1. PS5: 3,785,768
  2. XSX|S: 2,988,288
  3. Switch: 2,691,291

Through the first 36 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 0.80 million units and is 1.09 million units ahead of the Switch. The Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Switch by 296,997 units.

The PS5 has sold 3.79 million in 36 weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 2.99 million units and the Switch 2.69 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 36 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 40.0 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 31.6 percent, and the Switch at 28.4 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 41 and current Xbox Series X|S sales until week 39.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 36

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (35 weeks):

  1. PS5: 3,575,887
  2. Switch: 1,956,861
  3. XSX|S: 1,819,249

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 35 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.62 million units and is 1.76 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 137,612.

The PS5 has sold 3.58 million in 35 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 1.96 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 1.82 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 35 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 48.6 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 26.6 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 24.8 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 48.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 36

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

  1. Switch: 2,090,004
  2. PS5: 903,083
  3. XSX|S: 64,515

Through the first 36 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 1.19 million units and is 2.03 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.84 million units.

The Switch has sold 2.09 million units in 36 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 0.90 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.06 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 36 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 68.4 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 29.5 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
HoloDust (on 30 July 2021)

Blimey, that (what I suppose is) Animal Crossing meets COVID upward slope...

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trunkswd HoloDust (on 30 July 2021)

That is just the first holiday for the Switch, since it launched in March.

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HoloDust trunkswd (on 30 July 2021)

My bad - that's what comes out of looking at the graphs early in the morning without drinking coffee first...

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trunkswd HoloDust (on 30 July 2021)

No worries. I know how that is like. I've done it with writing articles before, which causes some errors to happen.

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Greenfox HoloDust (on 30 July 2021)

to see the comparison with Switch+Animal Crossing you'll have to wait about 3 years. By then maybe there will already be comparisons between PS5, XS and "Switch 2".

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