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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 37

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 37 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 August 2021 / 2,362 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 Global:

  1. PS5: 10,234,967
  2. Switch: 7,619,467
  3. XSX|S: 6,325,318

Through the first 37 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 2.62 million units and is 3.91 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 1.29 million units.

The PS5 has sold 10.23 million in 37 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 7.62 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 6.33 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 37 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 42.3 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 31.5 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 US:

  1. PS5: 3,824,506
  2. XSX|S: 3,050,614
  3. Switch: 2,793,914

Through the first 37 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 0.77 million units and is 1.03 million units ahead of the Switch. The Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Switch by 256,700 units.

The PS5 has sold 3.82 million in 37 weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 3.05 million units and the Switch 2.79 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 37 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 39.5 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 31.6 percent, and the Switch at 28.9 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 Europe (36 weeks):

  1. PS5: 3,702,633
  2. Switch: 2,017,173
  3. XSX|S: 1,870,792

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 36 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.69 million units and is 1.83 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 146,381.

The PS5 has sold 3.70 million in 36 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 2.02 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 1.87 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 36 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 48.8 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 26.6 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 24.6 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 50.

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

  1. Switch: 2,170,470
  2. PS5: 921,345
  3. XSX|S: 69,213

Through the first 37 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 1.25 million units and is 2.10 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.85 million units.

The Switch has sold 2.17 million units in 37 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 0.92 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.07 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 37 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 68.7 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 29.1 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.2 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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4 Comments
Kakadu18 (on 07 August 2021)

The PS5 performance in Europe is insane.

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trunkswd Kakadu18 (on 07 August 2021)

Yes it is. It is already ahead of the Switch's first holiday. Worldwide and US the PS5 will probably fall behind the Switch in the next couple of months before it takes the lead again this holiday season.

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Jumpin (on 08 August 2021)

PS5 about to hit a cliff.

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Ucouldntbemorewrong Jumpin (on 09 August 2021)

It's been hitting a cliff all along with a chip shortage/covid-19 dilemma.
If that was not in place think PS5 would smash right through the cliff your talking about.

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