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PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Sales Remain Ahead of Predecessors  - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Oct 10-16

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Sales Remain Ahead of Predecessors - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Oct 10-16 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 25 October 2021 / 7,281 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 393,594 units sold for the week ending October 16, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 92.84 million units lifetime.

Following the launch of the Switch OLED Model the previous week, the new Switch was severely supply constrained in its second week.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 256,032 units to bring its lifetime sales to 12.99 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 168,933 units to bring their lifetime sales to 7.94 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same week for the PS4 in 2014 are up by over 6,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same week for the Xbox One is up by nearly 73,000 units. PS4 sold 249,615 units for the week ending October 18, 2014 and Xbox One sales were at 96,010 units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 27,606 units, the Xbox One sold 11,204 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 346 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are down 126,455 units (-24.3%). The PlayStation 4 is down 52,956 (-65.7%), the Xbox One is down 21,091 units (-65.3%), and the 3DS is down 3,462 units (-90.9%).

Looking at sales week-on-week, Nintendo Switch sales are down 468,000 units, PlayStation 5 sales are up by just over 1,000 units, while Xbox Series X|S sales are up by nearly 5,000 units.

PS5 Sales, Xbox Series X and S Sales, Switch Sales

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 393,594 (92,842,244)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 256,032 (12,989,595)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 168,933 (7,944,834)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 27,606 (116,619,041)
  5. Xbox One - 11,204 (50,440,811)
  6. 3DS - 346 (75,940,928)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 165,106
  2. PlayStation 5 - 95,434
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 86,061
  4. PlayStation 4 - 9,430
  5. Xbox One - 8,398
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 110,437
  2. Switch - 94,817
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 58,826
  4. PlayStation 4 - 15,663
  5. Xbox One - 2,313
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 120,073
  2. PlayStation 5 - 40,913
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 16,574
  4. PlayStation 4 - 2,090
  5. 3DS - 346 (Japan only)
  6. Xbox One - 334
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 13,598
  2. PlayStation 5 - 9,248
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 7,472
  4. PlayStation 4 - 423
  5. Xbox One - 159

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Manlytears (on 25 October 2021)

if it weren't for the production problems the 2 consoles would have sales at a much higher level. A testament to the strength of the console market

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Signalstar (on 25 October 2021)

Wow Switch sales are down WoW and YoY. Didn't expect that. PS5 hits 13 million. Xbox Series hits 8 million. The gap is now 5 million. Xbox is doing markedly better than Xbox One*, while PS5 is only a few hundred thousand units ahead of the PS4. I wonder what the one year sales mark will be for the two consoles? 13.5 million for PS5 vs 8.3 million for Xbox.

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Robomado Signalstar (on 25 October 2021)

Actually Xseries isn't doing better than Xbone. Xseries has less than a month ( 3 weeks actually) to beat Xbone 10 mil. sold in numbers in same time frame.

So, Xseries needs to sell in +2 million units in 3 weeks outside holiday. That didn't happened at all since launch of Xseries

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Robomado XtremeBG (on 25 October 2021)

It is for now impossible for XSeries to have 1 mil. or 2 mil. units on shelves to be ahead of Xbone.You can add 500k shelved Xbox consoles in VGChartz numbers to artificially increase the XSeries number , still is behind Xbone. So, in 3 weeks Xseries needs to sell in more than 2 mil. units. Weekly average is what....170k.

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Robomado XtremeBG (on 25 October 2021)

Yes i did. Still 10 mil sold in Xbones is official. Surely Xbone during that time didn't have 2-3 million consoles on shelves. That was impossible back then. XSeries consoles sold-through - sold-in is approximately 1:1 still. XSS is selling slower than XSX, though. My point stands. Xseries needs to sell +2 million in 3 weeks to be better than Xbone.

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Robomado XtremeBG (on 25 October 2021)

Twice the more sales since when? Xbone 10 mil. is official number. Even if it is sold-in, Xbone numbers WERE NOT so off from sold through number back then. 1 mil. at most. VGChartz numbers are estimaded, also XSeries sold through number is approximately 1 :1 with sold-in number,, but XSS is selling a bit slower than XSX, like i've said in previous post. So, VGchartz numbers needs to beat official Xbone 10 mil. in 3 weeks. Maybe we will see soon will MS say that Xseries is outpacing Xbone in new annual report

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Zippy6 Robomado (on 26 October 2021)

"XSeries sold through number is approximately 1 :1 with sold-in number" - Completely wrong Because consoles are counted as shipped as soon as they leave the factory, and can take 2-3 weeks before they make it to shelves available to buy, so sold-in is always higher than sold-through and can never be 1:1 it is impossible.

Those 10m Xbox One's include shipments ready for black friday and the holiday season. Shipments that will be coming in for Xbox Series soon. Series is 100% ahead of Xbox One in both sold-in and sold-through.

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Zippy6 Robomado (on 26 October 2021)

You don't understand how the numbers work. Even if a console is completely sold-out, sold-in will be higher than sold-through. Because consoles are counted as shipped as soon as they leave the factory, and can take 2-3 weeks before they make it to shelves available to buy.

So the Xbox Series is most likely at around 9m shipped as of 16th October, giving it almost 4 weeks to reach 10m shipments which should be increasing as we approach black friday and the holiday season.

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Robomado Zippy6 (on 26 October 2021)

Nice spin. 1 million Xseries sitting on shelves, very nice spin. LOL. You're wrong on every damn level. So, PS5 has 2 million units sitting on shelves by your logic ( i said 2 million because Sony have ordered double the chips compared to Xseries) . Man, you are messed up

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Zippy6 Robomado (on 26 October 2021)

I didn't say on shelves, I already explained shipped doesn't mean they are on shelves, they could be weeks in transport away from being on shelves. Learn to read.

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Robomado Zippy6 (on 26 October 2021)

It mean exactly that. If you said 9 mil Xseries shipped, but almost 8 mil. sold-through like VGChartz numbers are, the rest are in retailers warehouses ( that is counted as shipped) or on shelves ( that is counted as shipped too). There is no other way around. But there is no 9 mil. shipped Xseries because XSX is very hard to find, but XSS is selling a bit slower,. It is literally impossible for Xseries to have a 1 mil. units on shelves or warehouses

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mjk45 Robomado (on 26 October 2021)

No Sony reports sold through

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Doctor_MG (on 25 October 2021)

This is what I was afraid of. After seeing Japan's numbers I figured that the Switch may not be able to break 400k units for this week. However, it does look like it's a supply issue for the most part. Hopefully Nintendo is able to get more units out there to catch up to 2020. Q3 FY (Q4 calendar) is the quarter Nintendo needs gain ground in order to match 2020.

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progstarmac (on 25 October 2021)

A huge contraction for the Switch, nonetheless big sales are on the way, 2021 sales will overtake 2020's.

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xMetroid (on 26 October 2021)

Rough that year 2021 for Switch takes another 100k hit but i do feel like, since the console underperformed last holiday it could surpass it. But i feel like maybe we are overestimating how much they are able to produce this year so it might not be able to surpass it even tho we all know it could.

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Arfen (on 26 October 2021)

Considering the stock problems i was expecting something like that, maybe numbers a little be higher to be sincere.

Just a question... What happened this week last year for swtich lo sell above 500k?

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Kakadu18 Arfen (on 26 October 2021)

Insane momentum.

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Zippy6 Arfen (on 26 October 2021)

Nothing happened, the Switch was just very strong last year. Next week is about 490k iirc, but other than that every week from now on in 2020 is 500k+.

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Arfen Zippy6 (on 26 October 2021)

wow. Will be hard to close tha gap then

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