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PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Sales Climb - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for July 25-31

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Sales Climb - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for July 25-31 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 August 2021 / 9,599 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 284,653 units sold for the week ending July 31, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 89.04 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 245,061 units to bring its lifetime sales to 10.48 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 129,866 units to bring their lifetime sales to 6.45 million units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 28,353 units, the Xbox One sold 12,729 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 341 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are down 52,135 units (-15.5%). The PlayStation 4 is down 89,835 (-76.0%), the Xbox One is down 12,742 units (-50.0%), and the 3DS is down 5,954 units (-94.6%).

PS5 Sales, Xbox Series X and S Sales, Switch Sales

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 284,653 (89,038,722)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 245,061 (10,479,928)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 129,866 (6,454,980)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 28,353 (116,300,703)
  5. Xbox One - 12,729 (50,308,316)
  6. 3DS - 341 (75,939,657)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 98,846
  2. PlayStation 5 - 73,487
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 70,716
  4. PlayStation 4 - 11,396
  5. Xbox One - 9,611
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 118,287
  2. Switch - 82,793
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 43,361
  4. PlayStation 4 - 13,936
  5. Xbox One - 2,488
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 89,927
  2. PlayStation 5 - 46,825
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 11,766
  4. PlayStation 4 - 2,503
  5. Xbox One - 388
  6. 3DS - 341 (Japan only)
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 13,087
  2. PlayStation 5 - 6,462
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 4,023
  4. PlayStation 4 - 518
  5. Xbox One - 242

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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dmillos (on 11 August 2021)

This is the end of a 72 week streak by the switch of selling 300k or more. It is a wonderful streak that is only second to the DS that had 111 weeks.

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peachbuggy XtremeBG (on 11 August 2021)

You mean. you hope it will!

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peachbuggy XtremeBG (on 11 August 2021)

Only in your head and heart. As Trunks said, it's unlikely to be any time this year, regardless of how much you want it to happen.

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Greenfox XtremeBG (on 11 August 2021)

Personally, I do not think that this fall is due to the switch having passed its peak. It was not a gradual drop, but a sudden drop in sales in mid-July. To me it seems more like a natural reaction to the OLED version. What you're saying could happen, but more as a one-off because of the wait, rather than a PS5 overtake. I think it's too early for this.

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Greenfox XtremeBG (on 11 August 2021)

But it doesn't make sense to compare months, the comparison is made between years... of course, in March it sold 400 and now it doesn't sell 400. Not every month sells the same, every year the same thing happens with all consoles. In March a lot of consoles are sold together with the big spring launch. Not in summer, people buy less consoles. Comparing March with July is like comparing December and January, and saying Switch is dead... To analyse switch sales, compare between 2021 and 2020, to see the YoY, and see the drop in real sales. Otherwise I don't understand the analytical sense...

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icykai XtremeBG (on 12 August 2021)

How hard of a drop are we talking about, because i doubt it'll sell less than 2019 with so many games coming out.

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Greenfox icykai (on 12 August 2021)

If I remember correctly, in the last update the YoY of 2021-2020 was -3%, so compared to 2019, 2021 should be selling about 15-20% more. Approximately, I think.

To me, calling this a fall seems very exaggerated. Is it selling a little less than 2020? Yes, it is. But the difference is minor, in my opinion, because of the lack of a big console-selling game in 2021 like AC:NH and the confinement. The most remarkable drop has been seen now, with OLED. I think once OLED comes out, along with Pokemon Gen4 and Arceus, sales will recover quite a bit. I wouldn't kill switch now, really.

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icykai Greenfox (on 12 August 2021)

I agree and i don't think it'll drop "hard". I think it can get +20m, but just wondering what others think the hard drop in 2022 is actually in terms of numbers.

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victor83fernandes XtremeBG (on 11 August 2021)

You're so wrong about that, anyone could tell you PS5 will not overtake the Switch this year well into next year due to stock .
To be honest I really don't care for sales as I have both the ps5 and switch, I just hope xbox would sell more, Microsoft deserves it for putting out the best piece of hardware, for having and supporting a pro controller, and for all the value in the gamepass.
Competition is good for us gamers, theres no advantage for one company to sell much more than the others.

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victor83fernandes XtremeBG (on 12 August 2021)

But the ps4 will indeed pass the 125million mark, its still selling and will still be selling a couple years from now. Just like the ps2 did.
All those predictions you saw on the internet didn't account for supply issues, which this time is reported to last well into 2022.
So how do you expect the ps5 to take off when it actually cant?
Also breath of the wild 2 will shoot up sales of the switch even further. These are not guesses, those are truths.
You don't have to agree or disagree with the supply issues, its actually a reality.
The ps5 could easily outsell anything right now, it would be selling a million per week easy, if there was stock. The switch will have Metroid soon, a new super mario party, shin megami tensei 5 (big in japan). All in october, but then in november no console will have a chance against pokemon brilliant diamon and shining pearl. And by then theres black friday sales for the switch, and then christmas the switch will outsell the ps5 at least 2:1 due to stock.

If the ps5 would break that streak of switch sales, it would have to be right
now in August/September.

You also seem to forget there's a new switch OLED model coming, that will revitalize switch sales, a lot.

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2zosteven XtremeBG (on 11 August 2021)

Yes, the switch will be coming to an end of its current model soon.

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INCITATUSBR (on 11 August 2021)

Europe is Playstation's realm.

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Juanita (on 11 August 2021)

The PS5 is comming.

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siebensus4 (on 11 August 2021)

I wonder if Switch would have sold more if no new model would have been announced...

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eddy7eddy siebensus4 (on 12 August 2021)

I say Yes for sure, but not that much, it amaze me how many Switches are selling rigth now with the new model selling out. (Sorry if there are gramatical mistakes)

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victor83fernandes eddy7eddy (on 12 August 2021)

It doesn't amaze me at all, the switch has by far the best exclusive titles of the new consoles, better than Xbox and ps5 combined. And new Pokémon coming soon, and another Pokémon in January, Zelda skyward just came out, and there's Metroid in October.
Last year there was Animal crossing, there's never been anything like it on PS or Xbox, it sold over 30 million in a year, for an exclusive title.
Also, there's a lot of gamers who actually know about games such as Xenoblades, bayonetta 2, pikmin and many more.
Also its the ONLY PORTABLE. Its both the current Nintendo home console and portable, all in 1. If you mix the Wii and DS sales together, then you'd actually expect the switch to reach at least 150 million sales.

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Mars2001 (on 11 August 2021)

The officials and total numbers about this year from the companys is 25.5 M Switch and 14.8 M ps5.

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Kakadu18 Mars2001 (on 11 August 2021)

You mean forecasts?

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xMetroid (on 11 August 2021)

The Switch really is at a time where it should get a price cut just to keep the sales up. But with the OLED model they positionned themselves as keeping the same price for the rest of the year atleast, which i doubt they will pull off as well as they envisioned.

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victor83fernandes xMetroid (on 12 August 2021)

Why? Sales are not dropping, that would be a terrible business decision. Maybe if there was no more exclusives coming yes, the new OLED model, the new pokemon in October, the new pokemon in January and the new breath of the wild will be enough to keep sales up well into next year.
Nintendo, just like any other company is in the business just to make money, that's as simple as that.

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DitchPlaya (on 11 August 2021)

Same situation as the Wii. First PS5 + XS start to beat the Switch, then the PS5 on its own. It might soon be trading blows the XS.

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peachbuggy DitchPlaya (on 11 August 2021)

I wouldn't hold your breath for that tbh.

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eddy7eddy peachbuggy (on 12 August 2021)

That's a Wild response, a Breath of the Wild.

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victor83fernandes DitchPlaya (on 12 August 2021)

Wrong, the ps5 is not a portable, so its not even in the same market as the switch. The wii was also not a portable.
Also the switch is already over 4 years old and the ps5 is just 8 months old, not the same as wii and ps3 that came out almost the same time. Also the wii was aimed at casuals and non gamers, which is the opposite of the Switch.
Totally different situation.

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Kakadu18 victor83fernandes (on 11 August 2021)

You sound like a fanboy.

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billyboy Kakadu18 (on 12 August 2021)

Not defending him but a lot of people on here both PS and Nintendo fans are super fanboys and most comments come off sounding the same as this guys

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Kakadu18 billyboy (on 12 August 2021)

This one is kinda extreme though.

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Dahum victor83fernandes (on 11 August 2021)

Your opinion.

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Elputoxd victor83fernandes (on 12 August 2021)

The idea that the Switch has better catalog than PS and Xbox is highly subjective. If you are interested in simcade racing games, racing simulator, immersive sims, first person shooters, third person shooters or basically anything that is not Nintendo first party the Switch sucks big time.

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Greenfox Elputoxd (on 12 August 2021)

I partly agree, although, looking at it from the other side, there are some genres that are severely underrepresented on Xbox and PS. After all, each console has a great catalogue with its excellences and weaknesses.

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Kakadu18 Elputoxd (on 12 August 2021)

I heavily disagree with the last part. The Switch has a great variety of Indies and alot of non Nintendo JRPGs for example. Farming sims are also heavily represented on the Switch as well as management sims and all sorts of third party platformers. There are also alot of great horror games.
There are many strongly represented genres on the Switch.

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victor83fernandes Elputoxd (on 12 August 2021)

The ps5 has no simcade racing games yet, or any immersive sims, it barely has any first person shooters, in fact the ps5 has barely any games, unless you count the ps4, I do have a ps5 and I can prove it if needed, most of what I play on it are my ps4 games, which most are on PC.
Also that's not entirely subjective, switch exclusives such as Mario odyssey, breath of the wild, pokemon, xenoblades, animal crossing, monster hunter etc have better metacritic scores than any ps5 exclusive. Bear in mind you do not need a ps5 to play the new horizon zero dawn, or spiderman miles morales.
With that said, Returnal is a brilliant game, and the ps5 is just starting.

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smroadkill15 victor83fernandes (on 12 August 2021)

When it comes to exclusives and portability, I can see why someone would pick the Switch. I even agree Nintendo has earned all the great sales it's received, but some of your reasoning is silly and straight opinionated.

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victor83fernandes smroadkill15 (on 12 August 2021)

If you do not own a switch then you just don't like videogames, period, how could a gamer miss on xenoblades, splatoon, marios, zeldas, pokemons, pikmin, animal crossing and many more? Why would anyone miss on so many great games? Unless money is an issue for you.
For the same reason I ask why would anyone miss such great games as Ghost of tsushima, last of us 2, uncharted 4, God of war, also on xbox Ori games, gears, Halos, Forza motorsport, Quantum break, Red dead redemption 1 in 4K, fallout 3 in 4K and many more.
If you truly love games then surely you have at least a ps4 or ps5 + switch + PC or xbox. Or else the only person missing out is you.

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