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PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - November 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 13 December 2021 / 7,133 Views

The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 875,157 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 877,493 - PS4

Total Lead: 196,838 - PS4

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 15,276,602

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 15,473,440

November 2021 is the 13th month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 by 875,157 units. The PS4 has taken the lead in the latest month and is now ahead of the PS5 by 196,838 units.

The PS5 has sold 15.28 million units in 13 months, while the PS4 sold 15.47 million units. Month 13 for the PS5 is November 2021 and for the PS4 is November 2014.

The PS4 crossed 20 million units in month 17, 30 million units in month 25, and 40 million units in month 31. The PS4 has sold 116.70 million units to date.


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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12 Comments
Wman1996 (on 13 December 2021)

PS4 is only a hair ahead because of PS5 shortages. PS5 has higher demand.

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2zosteven Wman1996 (on 13 December 2021)

the reason for the shortages is the same reason for the demand!!!!!

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Eagle367 (on 13 December 2021)

I think the ps4 lead will grow for now

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Mnementh (on 14 December 2021)

@author: the image still claims PS5 lead

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eddy7eddy Mnementh (on 14 December 2021)

It's a way to put the perspective of one console vs the other one. The PS5 leads the chartz but now with negative numbers.

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PAOerfulone (on 13 December 2021)

Even with the shortages, that's really disappointing numbers.
The Xbox Series (Series X anyway) is experiencing shortages and that is WELL ahead of the Xbox One. In fact, the Xbox Series has already topped it in every region outside the US.

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kazuyamishima PAOerfulone (on 13 December 2021)

The PS4 was already a successful console whilst the Xbone, well, is not a good comparison.
The series S for $299 sure helped them. Tho, the difference at the end of this year won’t be that big between Xbox Series and Xbone.

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eddy7eddy PAOerfulone (on 14 December 2021)

Do you think so?
PS4 was fighting againts Wii U and
Xbox One...
PS5 is fighting againts Switch!
And Xbox Series X/S!

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Zippy6 PAOerfulone (on 14 December 2021)

It's easier to produce enough consoles to be ahead of the XBO that sold 8.8m by this point than the PS4 that sold 15.4m.... I don't really understand your point. Because XSX is ahead of XBO with shortages, PS5 should be able to be ahead of PS4? That doesn't make sense.

PS5 was ahead of the PS4 launch aligned until BF week, the week that BOTH PS5 and XSX got decimated by their predecessors. With the current world situation it just isn't possible to produce enough units for the holiday months for either PS5 or Xbox. Though Series S helped Xbox somewhat.

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PAOerfulone Zippy6 (on 14 December 2021)

My point is that Sony didn't think PS5 would do as well as PS4, which is what I find disappointing. The goal should be to do better than what you did before, to top the bar you set before. You can bring up hardware shortages all you want, but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from already topping the Xbox One, that hasn't stopped Nintendo from producing more Switches in a year than PS5/XSXS combined. It shouldn't have stopped the PS5 from being ahead of the PS4 because Sony should have expected and believed that the PS5 would do better right from the start.

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Zippy6 PAOerfulone (on 14 December 2021)

No, Sony expected PS5 to do better than PS4. They forecasted PS5 to ship more than PS4, a forecast they have yet to amend. So this is wrong.

They've just not been able to secure enough materials/manufacturing to produce 16m PS5's in this time, while Microsoft have been able to secure enough materials/manufacturing to produce 10m XSX/XSS because that is a much easier task.

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PAOerfulone Zippy6 (on 14 December 2021)

Ok, that I understand.

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