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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 43

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 43 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 September 2021 / 2,396 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 43

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

  1. Switch: 12,478,224
  2. PS5: 11,450,152
  3. XSX|S: 7,060,396

Through the first 43 weeks available worldwide the Nintendo Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 1.03 million units and is 5.42 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 4.39 million units.

The Switch has sold 12.48 million in 43 weeks worldwide, while the PS5 sold 11.45 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 7.06 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 43 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 40.3 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 36.9 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 22.8 percent.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 43

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

  1. Switch: 4,696,826
  2. PS5: 4,209,746
  3. XSX|S: 3,360,935

Through the first 43 weeks available in the US the Nintendo Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 0.49 million units and is 1.34 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 4.70 million in 43 weeks in the US, while the PS5 sold 4.21 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 3.36 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 43 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 38.3 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 34.3 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 27.4 percent.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 43

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (42 weeks):

  1. PS5: 4,217,271
  2. Switch: 2,927,052
  3. XSX|S: 2,116,155

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 42 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.29 million units and is 2.10 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.81 million units.

The PS5 has sold 4.22 million in 42 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 2.93 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 2.12 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 42 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 45.5 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 31.6 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 22.9 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 60.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 43

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

  1. Switch: 3,187,674
  2. PS5: 1,016,540
  3. XSX|S: 87,594

Through the first 43 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 2.17 million units and is 3.10 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.93 million units.

The Switch has sold 3.19 million units in 43 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 1.02 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.09 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 43 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 74.3 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 23.7 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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10 Comments
brute (on 18 September 2021)

Switch vs PS5 will be a back and forth battle for a few years (similar to Ps4) until Switch will eventually pull ahead launch aligned in year 4 or 5 and not look back.
Will probably end up selling 20 million more than PS5 in the end, if not more.

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scrapking (on 18 September 2021)

This is an amazing generation. It'll be the top-selling Xbox generation, almost for sure.

It may be the top-selling PlayStation, except for perhaps the PS2.

It may be the top-selling Nintendo system, except for perhaps the DS.

We're going to look back at this generation as the one that broke the mold. Could this generation be the one that sells the largest number of total units of any generation ever?

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Kakadu18 scrapking (on 18 September 2021)

I sure do hope so.

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brute scrapking (on 18 September 2021)

Doubtful that it will top Wii; PS3; X360; DS and PSP gen.

  • +4
scrapking brute (on 18 September 2021)

If they do "Pro" models for everything, like I'm betting they will then I believe it will exceed that gen.

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Kyuu scrapking (on 19 September 2021)

They'll need to sell over 500 million to match that generation. It ain't happening.

Series XS: 80 million
PS5: 150 millon
Switch: 170 million

These super optimistic numbers would still be a whole 100 million units behind the 7th generation totals lol.

  • +3
Scoopz Kyuu (on 19 September 2021)

Clearly as that generation had 2 more systems in play. However if we were just comparing the home consoles ps3, 360 and Wii vs Switch, PS5 and XSX then itll no doubt be a different story

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scrapking Scoopz (on 19 September 2021)

Yeah, I should have been clearer. For purposes of this discussion, because the Switch has replaced Nintendo's home console, and the main Switch can be docked and used on a TV, I was comparing against console hardware. Even if you remove Switch Lite sales because they can't be docked, I think they'll still outsell the console side of things. But indeed, it's tough to know where to draw the line. Everyone I know with a Switch uses it at home exclusively. :)

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Kyuu Scoopz (on 20 September 2021)

Well in that case PS5 and Switch alone will outsell X360, PS3 and Wii combined. Series XS just guarantees it.

  • +1
Darwinianevolution brute (on 19 September 2021)

I don't think there's ever going to be a generation as big as the 7th gen. The consolidation of the whole handheld market into a single console (and that console becoming the single machine for one of the big hardware manufacturers) inevitably means less sales.

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