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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 38

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 38 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 August 2021 / 2,570 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 38

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

  1. PS5: 10,479,928
  2. Switch: 7,958,014
  3. XSX|S: 6,454,980

Through the first 38 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 2.52 million units and is 4.02 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 1.50 million units.

The PS5 has sold 10.48 million in 38 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 7.96 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 6.45 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 38 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 42.1 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 32.0 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 25.9 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 42.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 38

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

  1. PS5: 3,886,337
  2. XSX|S: 3,109,997
  3. Switch: 2,941,808

Through the first 38 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 0.78 million units and is 0.94 million units ahead of the Switch. The Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Switch by 168,189 units.

The PS5 has sold 3.89 million in 38 weeks in the US, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 3.11 million units and the Switch 2.94 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 38 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 39.1 percent marketshare, the Xbox Series X|S sits at 31.3 percent, and the Switch at 29.6 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 38

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (37 weeks):

  1. PS5: 3,820,820
  2. Switch: 2,079,951
  3. XSX|S: 1,908,594

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 37 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.74 million units and is 1.91 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 171,357.

The PS5 has sold 3.82 million in 37 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 2.08 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 1.91 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 37 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 48.9 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 26.6 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 24.5 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 52.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 38

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

  1. Switch: 2,258,315
  2. PS5: 944,034
  3. XSX|S: 71,055

Through the first 38 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 1.31 million units and is 2.19 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.857million units.

The Switch has sold 2.26 million units in 38 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 0.94 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.07 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 38 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 69.0 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 28.8 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
Qwark (on 12 August 2021)

PS5 in Europe is like the Switch in Japan, asserting regional dominance.

  • +1
eddy7eddy (on 12 August 2021)

Would be fun if Xbox Dominate in USA.

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trunkswd eddy7eddy (on 12 August 2021)

With the popularity of all three consoles I don't see anyone dominating in the US for a long time.

  • 0
eddy7eddy trunkswd (on 15 August 2021)

That's true, we are going to have ups and downs.

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