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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 46

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 46 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 October 2021 / 4,040 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 46

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

  1. Switch: 13,679,531
  2. PS5: 12,200,881
  3. XSX|S: 7,456,364

Through the first 46 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 1.48 million units and is 6.22 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 4.74 million units.

The Switch has sold 13.68 million in 46 weeks worldwide, while the PS5 sold 12.20 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 7.46 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 46 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 41.0 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 36.6 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 22.4 percent.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 46

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

  1. Switch: 5,014,379
  2. PS5: 4,481,581
  3. XSX|S: 3,518,342

Through the first 46 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 0.53 million units and is 1.50 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.96 million units.

The Switch has sold 5.01 million in 46 weeks in the US, while the PS5 sold 4.48 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 3.52 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 46 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 38.5 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 34.4 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 27.0 percent.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 46

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (45 weeks):

  1. PS5: 4,515,556
  2. Switch: 3,449,606
  3. XSX|S: 2,253,128

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 45 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.07 million units and is 2.26 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 1.20 million units.

The PS5 has sold 4.52 million in 45 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 3.45 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 2.25 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 45 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 44.2 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 33.8 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 22.0 percent.

The Switch didn't reach current PS5 sales until week 67.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 46

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

  1. Switch: 3,515,703
  2. PS5: 1,076,095
  3. XSX|S: 96,853

Through the first 46 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 2.44 million units and is 3.42 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.98 million units.

The Switch has sold 3.52 million units in 46 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 1.08 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.10 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 46 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 75.0 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 22.9 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.1 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
Mnementh (on 11 October 2021)

Will it be the return of the double helix?

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eddy7eddy Mnementh (on 11 October 2021)

Yeah it should happen with PS5 rhythm, better than PS4 for the short run.
We could get better Xbox Numbers but it looks like microsoft is saving some Series X for all the Game Pass Users.

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