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PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - July 2021

PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - July 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 September 2021 / 2,636 Views

The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the PlayStation 5 and Switch.

The PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup.

PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - July 2021

PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - July 2021

PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - July 2021

PS5 Vs. Switch Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 652,590 - NS

Total Lead: 1,628,160 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 10,436,928

Switch Total Sales: 8,808,768

July 2021 is the ninth month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Nintendo when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 by 652,590 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 1.63 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 10.44 million units in eighth months, while the Nintendo Switch sold 8.81 million units. Month nine for the PlayStation 5 is July 2021 and for the Nintendo Switch it is November 2017.

The Nintendo Switch did not reach current PlayStation 5 sales until month 10 where it had sold 13.12 million units.

The Nintendo Switch crossed 10 million units sold in month 10, 20 million in month 19, and 30 million in month 23. The Nintendo Switch has sold 89.02 million units through July 2021.


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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16 Comments
Mnementh (on 23 August 2021)

Will we see here the double helix pattern as well, as with PS4?

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icykai Mnementh (on 23 August 2021)

It will highly depend on the stock PS5 has for FY2021. Sony confirmed that they have enough chips to get 22 million by the end of FY2021(ending March 2022) and said they aim to break PS1 FY record which is 22.6 million during the FY2022. Most likely there will another helix during Switch's 4th year where animal crossing NH released, but between now and then it depends on PS5 stock. The PS5 needs to get to 30 million before July 2022.

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Kyuu Mnementh (on 24 August 2021)

If Sony meet their targets, Switch might win this holiday, but it will quickly lose the lead until maybe holiday 2020. Switch 2nd FY shipments reached 17 million, compared to a targeted 22.6+ million for PS5.

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Mars2001 Kyuu (on 24 August 2021)

Nooo.First year for ps5 is 7.5M and now is second year and is 14.8M!22.6 M is in total.About 2 years.No one year.

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icykai Mars2001 (on 24 August 2021)

I'm sure i read somewhere that they aim to reach 22M by the end of FY2021(March 2022) and ship more than 22.6M in the FY2022(April 2022 to March 2023). There are too many 22M that maybe i misunderstood but here are the articles.
Break PS1 FY record during FY2022:
https://www.vgchartz.com/article/449456/sony-wants-ps5-to-break-its-annual-console-sales-record-with-over-226-million-units-shipped-in-fy2022/
Reach 22M by end of FY2021:
https://www.vgchartz.com/article/450083/sony-has-secured-enough-components-to-hit-226-million-ps5-sales-goal-by-march-2022/

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Mars2001 icykai (on 24 August 2021)

22Μ is combined.In 2 years.First 7 M until March 2021 and 14.8M until March 2022.About 2023 is...not for now.Its still early.

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Doctor_MG icykai (on 24 August 2021)

Their goal is 14.8 shipped in the current FY (which is FY 2022). They shipped 7.8M consoles in FY2021. Add those two together and you get 22.6. The author of the post you are referencing that discusses 22.6M shipped IN FY2022 was taken via a Japanese site where translation could have caused for misinterpretation. Literally everywhere else it says they projected 14.8M for this FY.

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Kyuu Doctor_MG (on 24 August 2021)

PS5 released in November so its first FY accounts for less than 5 months. If Sony meets its targets, the Switch should not be able to retake the lead until late 2020 at the earliest.

And genuine question, what is this I'm reading about a misinterprtation? Do have a link confirming this? Coz there has been several articles later corroborated by Jim Ryan about Sony aiming for the PS5 to set a FY record in its 2nd "complete" FY. Maybe the only misinterpretation here is mixing up Playstation's record (PS1's FY1998) with the targeted PS5 total by FY2022. Regardless, Playstation's record sales couldn't be far behind 22.6 million so the point still stands.

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Doctor_MG Kyuu (on 24 August 2021)

Maybe it's my misinterpretation of your comment then. I thought you were suggesting they'd sell 22.6M in FY 2022, not FY 2023. If over 22.6M shipped in FY2023 is their goal then, well, that's their goal. I personally do not think that this is going to happen. Mostly because even at PS4's peak it hit just 20M in a FY. Breaking that and the record in it's second full FY would be a huge feat.

Maybe we should just use the actual year (i.e. FY2023) instead of second, third, fourth, etc. I think it would help people who could misinterpret like me.

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Kyuu Doctor_MG (on 24 August 2021)

The comment I replied to was asking about whether we'll see a "double helix" pattern which has to take into account mid term sales, which is why I'm considering Sony's targets.

Otherwise, I'm in agreement that these targets are a bit optimistic, especially when all early big titles are crossgen. I don't think the demand will be high enough even if they manage to produce enough units but we'll see.

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icykai Doctor_MG (on 24 August 2021)

Thanks for clearing that up. Sorry for the wrong information.

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mjk45 icykai (on 24 August 2021)

226-million PS5 sales! What I took out of this is a shortage of decimals can lead to a shortage of stock .
226 million PS5's for fy 2022 no wonder there's a stock shortage 😜
If Sony want to fix this problem I have plenty of decimal points for sale.

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Doctor_MG Kyuu (on 24 August 2021)

22.6M is total, from the start of the PS5's life until March of 2022. Switch sold around 20M in that same timeframe. If Sony meets their shipments they will still beat Switch, but not by as large of a margin as you are suggesting.

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Mars2001 Doctor_MG (on 24 August 2021)

13.5M Switch in 2017 until December 2017 and 16,8M in all 2018 until 31/12/2018.30M total.

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Mnementh Mnementh (on 24 August 2021)

Quite interesting discussion here on my comment. Thanks guys. So it really seems to become an interesting thing to watch from here on out. I am all for it will come back for the future comparison articles to see how it turns out.

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xMetroid (on 25 August 2021)

Imo, PS5 will sell a bit faster than PS4 and so will lead the Switch for a bit. But i wonder if Sony will be able to reach the highs the Switch currently has that late in it's lifecycle. Switch sold almost 30 million last year and even the PS4 with no competition peaked at 20 something millions. So i'm assuming Switch will catch up once they reach it's peak.

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