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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison After 1 Year

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison After 1 Year - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 November 2021 / 2,778 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 52

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

  1. Switch: 14,881,241
  2. PS5: 14,187,066
  3. XSX|S: 8,653,162

Through the first 52 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 0.69 million units and is 6.23 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 5.53 million units.

The Switch has sold 14.88 million in 52 weeks worldwide, while the PS5 sold 14.19 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 8.65 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 52 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 39.5 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 37.6 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 22.9 percent.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 52

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

  1. Switch: 5,385,791
  2. PS5: 5,032,151
  3. XSX|S: 3,925,707

Through the first 52 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 0.35 million units and is 1.46 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 1.11 million units.

The Switch has sold 5.39 million in 52 weeks in the US, while the PS5 sold 5.03 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 3.93 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 52 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 37.5 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 35.1 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 27.4 percent.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 52

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (51 weeks):

  1. PS5: 5,422,752
  2. Switch: 3,781,491
  3. XSX|S: 2,715,293

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 51 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.64 million units and is 2.71 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 1.07 million units.

The PS5 has sold 5.42 million in 51 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 3.78 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 2.72 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 51 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 45.5 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 31.7 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 22.8 percent.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 52

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

  1. Switch: 3,790,239
  2. PS5: 1,171,998
  3. XSX|S: 118,092

Through the first 52 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 2.62 million units and is 3.67 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 1.05 million units.

The Switch has sold 3.79 million units in 52 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 1.17 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.12 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 52 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 74.6 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 23.1 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.3 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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6 Comments
Eagle367 (on 18 November 2021)

We'll see what happens but I think switch lead will grow by the end of year 2.

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siebensus4 (on 17 November 2021)

Switch outsold PS5 in Japan by 2.6m, while PS5 outsold Switch in Europe by 1.6m. Overall it's almost a tie.

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CourageTCD siebensus4 (on 17 November 2021)

I don't think it's almost a tie. From 1.6m to 2.6 is a whole + 1 million , 62,5% more. Switch is more sucessful in Japan than PS5 is in Europe if comparing each other

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Eagle367 CourageTCD (on 18 November 2021)

The worldwide gap is 0.69 mil though

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Mars2001 Eagle367 (on 18 November 2021)

This numbers is for 2017.2017 Nintendo 3ds has an extra 8M untits.Over 20M in total.But now only ps5!Only 12M.

  • -1
Eagle367 Mars2001 (on 22 November 2021)

Sorry what?

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