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PS5 Best-Selling Console in 2021 in the UK and Italy, Switch #1 in France, Netherlands, Spain, and Australia

PS5 Best-Selling Console in 2021 in the UK and Italy, Switch #1 in France, Netherlands, Spain, and Australia - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 December 2021 / 4,366 Views

The head of GamesIndustry Christopher Dring via Twitter has revealed the best-selling console in a handful of countries across Europe and Australia. 

The PlayStation 5 is the best-selling console in the UK and Italy, while the Nintendo Switch is number one in France, Netherlands, Spain, and Australia. 

Dring also revealed Switch 2021 sales in the UK are already bigger than 2019. This means 2021 is already the second best-selling year for the console, after 2020. However, it will take a big December for the Switch to beat the PS5 for the year.

"In the UK, Switch's 2021 sales are already bigger than 2019," said Dring. "Which means 2021 is already the second best year for the platform (after 2020). However, it'll take a drastic turnaround for Switch to beat PS5, which is currently well in the lead this year.

"Across Europe, PS5 is No.1 in Italy, but in France, Netherlands, and Spain, Switch is currently No.1. Switch is also the top seller in Australia (as it stands). December is such a key month."


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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34 Comments
SuperNintend0rk (on 01 December 2021)

How about Germany? I'm guessing PS5 has sold more since PlayStation usually does better than Nintendo there.

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trunkswd SuperNintend0rk (on 01 December 2021)

He didn't provide any data for Germany. Just the ones I posted about.

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SuperNintend0rk trunkswd (on 01 December 2021)

Yeah I just thought it was weird to not include it but maybe he doesn't have access to that data.

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trunkswd SuperNintend0rk (on 01 December 2021)

He added another tweet saying he doesn't get Germany hardware numbers. Only software.

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SuperNintend0rk trunkswd (on 01 December 2021)

Ah fair enough. Well I think it's a pretty safe bet that PS5 has sold the most there.

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Uloveme SuperNintend0rk (on 02 December 2021)

France , Germany and aslo switzerland are more Nintendo countries

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SuperNintend0rk Uloveme (on 02 December 2021)

Well if that's true, how does Sony manage to dominate Europe?

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Kakadu18 SuperNintend0rk (on 02 December 2021)

It didn't the last two years. There's eastern Europe too btw.

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SuperNintend0rk Kakadu18 (on 02 December 2021)

True, there are a lot of people in eastern Europe, especially Russia.

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holzi SuperNintend0rk (on 02 December 2021)

I would assume that Nintendo still sells more units than PS. At least regarding physical media Nintendo has dominated the charts. In October 11 of the 20 top selling games were Nintendo first party releases. And PS5 Stock still isn't great in Germany.

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SuperNintend0rk holzi (on 02 December 2021)

I was assuming Sony sent more stock to larger countries like Germany but I could be wrong.

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JEMC (on 01 December 2021)

This only tells us which contries received more stock of PS5 consoles.

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JackHandy (on 01 December 2021)

It's totally deserving and quite the achievement (anything that bests the Switch right now is beyond impressive), but I feel like Sony could roll just about anything out in some of these EU territories and claim victory. They're even more loyal to the Sony brand than Sony's home country lol.

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Uloveme JackHandy (on 02 December 2021)

Thats true, especially immigrants. They are very loyal to Playstation. All they buy is Call of duty and fifa every year.

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Pinkie_pie (on 01 December 2021)

Here in Australia PS5 is always sold out.

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Azzanation Pinkie_pie (on 01 December 2021)

Everything here is sold out.. well except the Series S.

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Poweranimals (on 01 December 2021)

And the US?

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Kakadu18 Poweranimals (on 01 December 2021)

This is just about Europe. In the US the Switch sold the best in most months this year.

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victor83fernandes (on 01 December 2021)

Pointless, the ps5 would be top seller everywhere if there was stock.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 01 December 2021)

Not likely in Japan.

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Doctor_MG victor83fernandes (on 01 December 2021)

I think in both Japan and North America Switch would still be the best selling even with more PS5 stock. Remember, Switch is in it's peak years while PS5 is still revving up. Just like the PS4 was outselling the Switch when it first came out.

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javi741 victor83fernandes (on 01 December 2021)

It would not. That is a myth that is simply not true. The Switch is on pace to sell 24 Million in 2021 alone, that is more than any year the Playstation had in HISTORY. The best year Sony ever had with the Playstation is when they shipped 22.5 Million consoles with the PS2 back in 2002, which was the best selling console of all time with peak momentum. No Playstation console is HISTORY was able to sell 24 Million in one year. How in the world could a first year Playstation console with barely any next gen exclusives sell 24 Million, first year consoles typically never sell over 16Million even with full stock. To believe that the PS5 could outsell 24 Million in its first year when Playstation even during its peak was NEVER able to even hit 24 Million in one year is nonsensical, especially with the Japanese home console market dead. Ps5 wouldn't outsell the Switch even if it was fully stocked.

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CGI-Quality javi741 (on 01 December 2021)

You have no idea what a fully stocked PS5 would sell (and can only make reasonable predictions about Japan). Thus, we shouldn't speak about it as if it is undeniable.

That also goes the other way (@victor). Outside of EU, it's tougher to predict what PS5 would sell (though it's easy to bet it would outsell Xbox everywhere).

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javi741 CGI-Quality (on 02 December 2021)

No one of course knows how well the PS5 would sell if it was fully stock. However, it is nearly impossible for the PS5 to sell over 24 Million Units in its first year even if it was fully stocked as I just demonstrated in my reply above with historical and statistical evidence. This prediction is consistent beyond reasonable doubt. It's baffling to believe that a first year console could sell over 24 Million in its first year when no first year console in history sold over 16 Million in its first year ON TOP OF THE FACT PlayStation even during its peak never reach 24 Million Sold in a year. How in the world could a first year console do that, it doesn't make sense from a historical and statistical standpoint especially when Japan is a lost market in the home console space.

Also, saying that "you don't know how much the PS5 will sell" doesn't debunk my point that the PS5 can't sell over 24 Million in its first year. I based on this prediction of facts, if you want to argue the PS5 could sell over 24 Million in one year, please present any evidence that points to that, if you can't you're wrong to think PS5 has any sort of possibility of selling over 24 Million. I'm not stating how much the PS5 will exactly sell, but it's pretty much statistically impossible for PS5 to sell that many in its first year. You're gonna need more evidence than "you can't exactly predict PS5 sales" to present an argument that the PS5 could sell over 24 Million.

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mjk45 javi741 (on 02 December 2021)

You can use Historic data to help predict but it is silly to set it into concrete by saying it is statistically impossible to sell 24 million taking that line records wouldn't be broken , 24 million may not have happened even with increased production, because the console was losing money for Sony for the first 8 months making record breaking production less likely even without problems until it at least reached break even. when the PS5 can reach production numbers that fulfill demand providing it doesn't take to long we can at least use those volumes to approximate what may have been.

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CGI-Quality javi741 (on 09 December 2021)

With nothing concrete, you’re simply throwing ideas/numbers around. Look to mjk45’s latest post as an example of how to make realistic predictions.

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victor83fernandes javi741 (on 09 December 2021)

You're joking right? The ps5 is selling for 700-800 dollars because people cant find one in stores, the ps5 sold in a year almost 16 million, that being way over the regular price and out of stock everywhere, many people just gave up and built a PC instead. It would easily sell 24 million if there was stock at the normal 400/500 dollar price. Also the xbox would sell a lot more too. People are investing more into gaming as a lot of people are working from home or in lockdowns and the asking prices are really cheap. A Ps3 adjusted for inflation would cost over 700 dollars retail, the xbox one would cost almost 600 retail.
The ps5 digital costs 400, the disc version 500, the prices are good for what we get.
Even the switch is cheap, its cheaper than a Vita adjusted for inflation, and SD cards are way cheaper than the Vita cards and you can connect to a TV easily out of the box.
Its a great time to be a gamer and people have more free time to game.

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mjk45 victor83fernandes (on 09 December 2021)

what inflation rate are you using ?

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victor83fernandes mjk45 (on 10 December 2021)

There is only one inflation rate.

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mjk45 victor83fernandes (on 10 December 2021)

No there are many inflation isn't the same worldwide.

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victor83fernandes mjk45 (on 10 December 2021)

I assumed we were talking USA not the world. But the same goes for the whole markets, inflation happens and the new consoles are cheap for what they offer. But of course there's way more at play in other places, I am from Portugal and minimum wage is around 700 dollars, which makes it harder to buy one of the new consoles in just 1 months savings. I can buy both consoles + a gaming PC with 1 months savings, but in Portugal I could just afford 1 console in the same time, regardless of inflation.
My point is to not generalize the matter, the new consoles are still cheap for what they offer everywhere, even back in Portugal 500 euros is still cheaper than a 1400 euros gaming PC that offer the same performance and will still be a way bigger device. And looking back at the 600 euros ps3 when back then minimum wage in Portugal was 500 euros will show you that this time around we have a good deal.
Not only that but this time even if you couldn't afford lets say a 500 euros Xbox, you could just get the 300 euros one, or even a 150 euros xbox one X that plays all xbox series games and still has great graphics.
Its a good time to be a gamer, its cheaper and there's more options.
But in USA anyone could afford at least 1 of the new consoles, minimum wage it double of the price of the console.
Look at it this way, an iphone costs more than double.
And I'm talking minimum wage, no one should be doing just 40 weekly hours, people should be working a minimum 50 hours, which will get you more income. I personally do 70-90 hours per week and I am not on minimum. Most people like me can easily make 4000 euros per month, especially now that there's a shortage of staff in catering, hotels and shops. And in those jobs you get food for free, so the real money you spend for food will be like 200 dollars per month at most.
And the consoles you buy only each 7 years, if you cant take 1300 dollars in 7 years to buy the 3 consoles then I do not know what to tell you. In December with added tips on top of the salary, you could afford all 3 consoles + a gaming PC.

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ShadowLink93 javi741 (on 04 December 2021)

Also that 24 million Sales forecast for Switch was lowered from 25.5m due to shortages, i think that if there was unlimited stock the Switch could match last years 29 million. So it is not only the PS5 that is not meeting demand, neither is the Switch.

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Stellar_Fungk victor83fernandes (on 02 December 2021)

them profits nintendo made during black friday are not pointless, son

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holzi victor83fernandes (on 02 December 2021)

Pointless discussion. We don't live in an universe where Sony can produce 30 Million PS5s in a year so it does not matter. Sony cannot sell imaginary units so it does not matter how much they could sell if they could produce unlimited units.

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