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PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - September 2021

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - September 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2021 / 3,037 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 PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - September 2021

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - September 2021

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - September 2021

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 470,730 - PS5

Total Lead: 369,678 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 12,459,653

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 12,089,975

September 2021 is the 11th month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 by 470,730 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 369,678 units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 12.46 million units in 11 months, while the PlayStation 4 sold 12.09 million units. Month 11 for the PlayStation 5 is September 2021 and for the PlayStation 4 is September 2014.

The PlayStation 4 did not reach current PlayStation 5 sales until month 12 when it sold 13.21 million units.

The PlayStation 4 crossed 20 million in month 17, 30 million in month 25, and 40 million in month 31. The PlayStation 4 has sold 116.56 million units to date.


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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6 Comments
Cohh (on 16 October 2021)

At the end of the day doesn't say much. I would be really curious to know by how much pst5 would outsell the PS4 if they weren't having stock issues. It is impressive that the PS5 even with stock issues and a higher price manage to outsell the ps4

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DaAndy (on 17 October 2021)

"Gap change in latest month: 470,730 - PS5" wrong console mentioned ;)

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Signalstar (on 23 October 2021)

Statistical tie. The difference was the PS4 didn't launch during a global pandemic and chip shortage.

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Qwark (on 15 October 2021)

PS4 can still win this, I actually think it will. I don't see the PS5 doing big numbers till black Friday and PS4 should be in the lead then already.

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Zippy6 (on 15 October 2021)

Surprised PS5 is still ahead. PS4 went insane in September with the destiny launch. Hopefully Sony can ship enough to keep ps5 ahead.

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trunkswd Zippy6 (on 15 October 2021)

Sony is looking to ship at a minimum 14.8 million in the current fiscal year ending March 2022, which is the same as the PS4 during the same time.

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