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PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Sales in the US After 12 Months Flat Compared to PS4 and Xbox One

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Sales in the US After 12 Months Flat Compared to PS4 and Xbox One - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 November 2021 / 2,537 Views

NPD earlier today released its figures for the US for October 2021. Nintendo did reveal the Nintendo Switch sold 711,000 units during the month with the OLED Model selling 314,000 units in its launch month.

October 2021 is also the 12th month the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S have been available for. 

NPD analyst Mat Piscatella has now revealed the combined sales of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S after 12 months are flat compared to the launch aligned sales figures of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Sales in the US After 12 Months Flat Compared to PS4 and Xbox One

"After 12 months in market, combined units of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series are flat when compared to the same number of months for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One," said Piscatella. 


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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13 Comments
thevideogameninja (on 12 November 2021)

I know it's on everyone's mind but it is true.

What would the numbers for the PS5 and Series X really look like if they weren't so heavily suppressed due to the pandemic/chip shortages?

Personally, the way I see it I feel that this gens consoles would equal if not exceed that of the previous gen. The amount of demand I have seen over the last year for these consoles is absurd and something I can not recall seeing in my lifetime (maybe the Wii?).

I know it's not fair to play the "what if" game but considering we are in a Black Swan event it is a valid question.

-VIDEOGAME SALES SUPPRESSION? NINJA APPROVED-

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scrapking thevideogameninja (on 12 November 2021)

This gen is objectively better compared to contemporary PCs than last-gen was compared to PCs at the time. So it makes sense that there is more demand for this gen.

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siebensus4 thevideogameninja (on 13 November 2021)

Keep in mind, that a rare, hot item is only rare and hot, as long as it's rare. As soon as it is available everywhere, the demand should lower significantly. Apple are doing this intentionally for many years, Sony and MS are doing it currently without intention.

The amount of demand for Switch was absurd last year, which is not long ago. Switch sold 400k almost every week during spring and summer, which is outstanding. Maybe PS5 would have done this, too. But that's something you can't say for sure. Switch outsold Wii's best year in 2020. The demand for Switch was real and people bought games. The demand for PS5 looks a little bit artificial (scalpers), if you look at the software sales.

If you mean the demand for a console, you can't buy because of stock issues, then you're right and it should be comparable with Wii's first 2 years.

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SKMBlake (on 12 November 2021)

So pretty much the same amout actually. And here we have the Series X/S performing way above the Xbox One, so I guess adjustments will be made.

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zakr1995 SKMBlake (on 12 November 2021)

How much did the Xbox One sell in the US in the first 12 months? Compared to the first 12 months of the Series X|S?

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SKMBlake zakr1995 (on 12 November 2021)

Do I look like someone who knows what he's talking about ?

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KLAMarine SKMBlake (on 12 November 2021)

Yes! We need your infinite wisdom to make life-or-death decisions. But please don't feel too pressured, it's only life-or-death.

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SKMBlake KLAMarine (on 12 November 2021)

The arm is misleading I guess

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zakr1995 SKMBlake (on 12 November 2021)

Well you said the Xbox Series X|S is performing way above the Xbox One on this website? So it thought you'd know

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SKMBlake zakr1995 (on 12 November 2021)

On the comparison graphs, they are above

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trunkswd SKMBlake (on 12 November 2021)

Most of the places where Xbox Series X|S is above Xbox One is outside the US. PS5 and Xbox Series X|S are less than 2% ahead, which can be considered flat.

After 12 months we have:
PS5: 4.93m
XS: 3.83m
Combined: 8.76m
vs
PS4: 4.89m
X1: 3.71m
Combined: 8.60m

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SKMBlake trunkswd (on 13 November 2021)

Thanks!

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JackHandy (on 13 November 2021)

Well at some point, the industry has to baseline, right? I mean, it's either that, or every human on earth becomes a gamer--and I don't see that happening so...

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