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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 40

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 40 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 26 August 2021 / 1,741 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: 10,804,026
  2. Switch: 9,474,851
  3. XSX|S: 6,686,902

Through the first 40 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 1.33 million units and is 4.12 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 2.79 million units.

The PS5 has sold 10.80 million in 40 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 9.47 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 6.69 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 40 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 40.1 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 35.1 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 24.8 percent.

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

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

  1. PS5: 3,996,896
  2. Switch: 3,722,046
  3. XSX|S: 3,222,907

Through the first 40 weeks available in the US the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 0.27 million units and is 0.77 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.50 million units.

The PS5 has sold 4.00 million in 40 weeks in the US, while the Switch sold 3.72 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 3.22 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 40 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 36.5 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 34.0 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 29.5 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 41.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (39 weeks):

  1. PS5: 3,942,977
  2. Switch: 2,311,053
  3. XSX|S: 1,976,805

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 39 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.63 million units and is 1.97 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.33 million units.

The PS5 has sold 3.94 million in 39 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 2.31 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 1.98 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 39 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 47.9 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 28.1 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 24.0 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 55.

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

  1. Switch: 2,529,994
  2. PS5: 966,663
  3. XSX|S: 73,436

Through the first 40 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 1.56 million units and is 2.46 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.89 million units.

The Switch has sold 2.53 million units in 40 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 0.97 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.07 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 40 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 70.9 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 27.1 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.0 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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2 Comments
Eagle367 (on 29 August 2021)

Shows how Europe is. Also switch sales really pick up in the near future

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Alistair Eagle367 (on 29 August 2021)

yeah i know several people with PS5's in Europe (especially the 20-30 age bracket) but not a single Switch owner among them (quote my friend: my friend's all have playstation, the network is important to us)

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