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Switch Sells Over 500,000 Units, PS5 and XS Sales Climb - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Oct 17-23

Switch Sells Over 500,000 Units, PS5 and XS Sales Climb - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Oct 17-23 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2021 / 6,697 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 501,054 units sold for the week ending October 23, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 93.32 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 274,919 units to bring its lifetime sales to 13.60 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 177,771 units to bring their lifetime sales to 8.25 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same week for the PS4 in 2014 are down by nearly 58,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same week for the Xbox One is up by over 80,000 units. PS4 sold 332,746 units for the week ending October 25, 2014 and Xbox One sales were at 97,697 units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 22,651 units, the Xbox One sold 10,507 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 403 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are up by 10,867 units (2.2%). The PlayStation 4 is down 55,510 (-71.0%), the Xbox One is down 22,642 units (-68.3%), and the 3DS is down 3,483 units (-89.6%).

Looking at sales week-on-week, Nintendo Switch sales are up by over 107,000 units, PlayStation 5 sales are up by nearly 4,000 units, while Xbox Series X|S sales are up by over 2,000 units.

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

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 501,054 (93,320,298)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 274,919 (13,595,514)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 177,771 (8,248,595)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 22,651 (116,582,875)
  5. Xbox One - 10,507 (50,437,318)
  6. 3DS - 403 (75,941,331)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 198,718
  2. PlayStation 5 - 100,682
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 92,455
  4. PlayStation 4 - 8,853
  5. Xbox One - 7,895
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 125,982
  2. Switch - 117,232
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 61,713
  4. PlayStation 4 - 11,875
  5. Xbox One - 2,155
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 167,683
  2. PlayStation 5 - 38,668
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 16,387
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,520
  5. 3DS - 403 (Japan only)
  6. Xbox One - 308
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 17,421
  2. PlayStation 5 - 9,587
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 7,216
  4. PlayStation 4 - 403
  5. Xbox One - 149

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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38 Comments
CourageTCD (on 01 November 2021)

PS5 - 274 k. Switch OLED came at the right time. If weren't for the OLED, Switch could had been surpersed by PS5

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Zippy6 CourageTCD (on 01 November 2021)

PS5 actually beat the Switch globally in the 3 weeks prior to OLED launch. There were adjustments to the numbers, switch was overtracked and ps5 was undertracked. So it has already happened.

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CourageTCD Zippy6 (on 01 November 2021)

Where can I see these updated numbers?

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Zippy6 CourageTCD (on 01 November 2021)

If you go to tools and then hardware by date you can hover over the graph to get the up to date numbers for each week.

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CourageTCD Zippy6 (on 01 November 2021)

Thanks!

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loy310 CourageTCD (on 01 November 2021)

PS5 outsold the NS for 3 consecutives weeks since adjustments.

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pikashoe CourageTCD (on 02 November 2021)

Doubtful, normal switch sales would likely be higher if the oled wasn't announced. Its pretty common for sales to drop in the weeks leading to a new model

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Greenfox pikashoe (on 02 November 2021)

Yeah, and even more when this version has had an enormous advertising campaign together with Metroid. Everyone knew it was coming out. Who would want to buy the regular Switch?

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sboy11es (on 01 November 2021)

lets gooo, 500k units! They have had more avaliable stock, this means that Switch 2021 it's gonna surpass Switch 2020 sales!! Also very good numbers for PS5 and XBOX

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trunkswd sboy11es (on 01 November 2021)

Switch sales are still down about 1.4m in 2021 compared to 2020. It would need to start making up a lot each week.

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sboy11es trunkswd (on 01 November 2021)

yeah that's true, let's wait and see. Also, in contrast to 2020 Nintendo is launching Pokemon that will help to sell even more

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trunkswd sboy11es (on 01 November 2021)

Lineup this holiday is better than last year. It will be a close finish either way.

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Legit trunkswd (on 03 November 2021)

Well switch is suffering from chip shortages so it won't beat 2020 sales

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Mars2001 trunkswd (on 01 November 2021)

I think the key is sales in 2022.If still or not about 26-27M with oled help

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Greenfox Mars2001 (on 01 November 2021)

I fully agree. 2020 was a rarity in sales, where COVID, the end of a generation, and an unexpected success like Animal Crossing came together. 2021 had a hard time matching these events, and its decline can have more than one interpretation. The question is whether 2021 was the beginning of the end, or whether 2022 will be able to match and maintain console sales.

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trunkswd Greenfox (on 01 November 2021)

I would expect Switch sales to remain strong in 2022 (20m+), but to still be down from 2020 and 2021.

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Kakadu18 trunkswd (on 01 November 2021)

That's also what I'm expecting. Around 21-22mil in 2022.

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Slownenberg trunkswd (on 01 November 2021)

Yeah agreed. The first party software lineup for 2022 looks insane for Switch. Much stronger than '20 or '21. But still it's coming at a time when Switch will start its decline. I just expect it to soften the decline. Could see 22-23 million next year assuming Nintendo gives a little bit of help like say dropping the hybrid systems each $50.

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Greenfox trunkswd (on 01 November 2021)

I agree. I think 2021 will end with 25m, and 2022 around 21m. By the end of 2022, total sales will be around 125m. How far do you predict Switch will go by the end of its lifetime?

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SvenTheTurkey Greenfox (on 02 November 2021)

Pretty much depends on Nintendo. 2023 + 2024 could easily glide to 145-150m as long as they don't replace it.

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sboy11es Greenfox (on 03 November 2021)

If they launch another model at Q4 2022 switch will be able to sold 140m

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SvenTheTurkey sboy11es (on 03 November 2021)

They could ride the current lineup out to 2024. They won't do another significant revision at this point before the successor.

I can see price drops next year though. 180 for the lite. Goodbye OG 2.0 switch. 300 for the OLED.

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Greenfox SvenTheTurkey (on 03 November 2021)

Otherwise, I would not be surprised with a final revision by the end of 2022/2023. If sales in 2022 stay around 20m, I don't think they will waste the opportunity to bring in one last revision that could give a small final boost to sales.

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SvenTheTurkey Greenfox (on 04 November 2021)

Really? Interesting. Something substantial or another quiet revision?

I wouldn't see them doing anything at this point other than maybe another refresh to bump up the profits a little more. 2 years away from the successor seems a little too close. I can't remember if the new 3ds came out in 2014 or 2015. I think it was February though. But 2 years away would be too close to a direct successor I think.

A meaty revision next year would be unlikely due to the chip shortages I think. That's another reason I think they will ride the current models out until late 2024/early 2025.

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Kakadu18 SvenTheTurkey (on 04 November 2021)

The New 3DS released in October 2014 in Japan and in February 2015 in Europe and North America.

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Greenfox SvenTheTurkey (on 04 November 2021)

I think there will be a quiet revision. Although I would like a "Switch Pro", as you say, it would be stupid to release it so close to the successor. But it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect a Nintendo Switch Lite-OLED, or some such minor revision.

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SvenTheTurkey Greenfox (on 04 November 2021)

Oh yeah. Lite OLED is probably going to happen. I'm sure they have contracts and stuff that need finished up for the current screens. But that would be pretty reasonable.

And ok. I agree that they missed the window of opportunity to release a big revision. So it seems unlikely.

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scrapking (on 01 November 2021)

"Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
Switch - 167,683
PlayStation 5 - 38,668
Xbox Series X|S - 16,387"

I think Microsoft is going to be very happy with these numbers (as will Nintendo). The Xbox Series systems will definitely out-perform the Xbox One systems in Asia. The question is whether they can reach/exceed the heights that the Xbox 360 achieved in Asia. And my guess is yes.

The PS5 being so unusually large appears to be an opportunity for Xbox in Asia, as the Series X (which is a little smaller than the PS5) and the Series S (which is a lot smaller than the PS5) are more appropriate for small Asian living spaces. It'll take time for that advantage to really get traction, though, since the Xbox is starting from such a low point. So the wildcard is whether Xbox and Game Pass can gain enough traction to keep momentum going, before Sony can get a theoretical PS5 Slim out and blunt the advantage they've handed Microsoft, IMO.

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zakr1995 scrapking (on 01 November 2021)

I think in Japan, the Xbox Series X|S has already outsold the lifetime of Xbox One in Japan? About 110k

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trunkswd zakr1995 (on 01 November 2021)

Xbox Series X|S is about 1 or 2 weeks away from outselling the Xbox One in Japan.

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FromDK trunkswd (on 01 November 2021)

Xbox is sold out all over the world.. and selling at higher prices on Ebay.. Pretty easy record to beat ;)

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scrapking trunkswd (on 02 November 2021)

Wow, I didn't realize they were that close already. Well, that does make sense (Xbox Series has both the most powerful console and the smallest console this gen, and they had neither of those advantages with the Xbox One).

A chart comparing the Xbox Series X|S in Japan vs. Xbox 360 in Japan would be an interesting chart, actually! Xbox Series vs. Xbox One would be a bloodbath, but Xbox Series vs. Xbox 360 would be a comparison with real merit in analyzing the trajectory of the new consoles there.

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Ucouldntbemorewrong scrapking (on 02 November 2021)

The only reason they are close is due to chip shortages, once that is no longer a factor, think you'll start to see more separation in sales between the three. With PS5 jumping ahead.

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Lucarionator Ucouldntbemorewrong (on 02 November 2021)

Nah. Ps5 is flop in Japan.

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scrapking Ucouldntbemorewrong (on 02 November 2021)

Maybe. Maybe not. The PS5 is unprecedentedly large for a PlayStation console. And given its odd shape, the total volume of space required for it is really massive. This isn't great for Japanese living spaces (or spaces in Asia in general). That's not enough to kill the PS5 of course, but it is likely a drag on its popularity.

The Series X being a little smaller, and the Series S being a LOT smaller, are advantages for Xbox in Asia this gen. There's been some positive chatter on Twitter in Japan about the Series S in particular being small and cute, reportedly.

The Xbox 360 is Microsoft's high water mark in Asia, and it being a decent size compared to the competition is part of that IMO. The sizes of the OG Xbox and the launch Xbox One (VCR), with them being larger than the competition in total volume, was part of why they didn't do as well as the 360 by all accounts.

The Xbox 360 was the best results for Xbox in Asia, and the Xbox Series is a very strong start for Xbox in the region, and it seems that their sizes are at least a part of the reason why.

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eddy7eddy scrapking (on 03 November 2021)

It's a good point, I don't know how many PS5 will be shipped to Japan after supply catch up and people stop exporting consoles.
PS5 Consoles Sales/Games Percent are really low.

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Kakadu18 zakr1995 (on 01 November 2021)

Xbox One sold about 115k in Japan.

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Kakadu18 (on 01 November 2021)

I like how the PS5 and XBS sales are continuously growing every week.

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