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Switch Tops 98M, PS5 Outsells Xbox Series - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Nov 28 to Dec 4

Switch Tops 98M, PS5 Outsells Xbox Series - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Nov 28 to Dec 4 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 December 2021 / 8,949 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 1,186,244 units sold for the week ending December 4, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 98.12 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 398,492 units to bring its lifetime sales to 15.68 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 383,961 units to bring their lifetime sales to 10.24 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same week for the PS4 in 2014 are down by nearly 232,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same week for the Xbox One are down by over 87,000 units. PS4 sold 630,076 units for the week ending December 6, 2014 and Xbox One sales were at 471,395 units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 24,495 units, the Xbox One sold 11,801 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 309 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are down by 70,544 units (-5.6%), while the PlayStation 5 is up 66,518 (20.0%) and the Xbox Series X|S is up 129,071 units (50.6%).

The PlayStation 4 is down 116,209 (-82.6%), the Xbox One is down 80,208 units (-87.2%), and the 3DS is down 4,250 units (-93.2%).

Looking at sales week-on-week, Nintendo Switch sales are down by over 295,000 units, PlayStation 5 sales are down by nearly 19,000 units, while Xbox Series X|S sales are down by nearly 288,000 units.

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

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 1,186,244 (98,123,156)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 398,492 (15,675,204)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 383,961 (10,244,138)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 24,495 (116,728,040)
  5. Xbox One - 11,801 (50,504,398)
  6. 3DS - 309 (75,942,548)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 530,653
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 245,234
  3. PlayStation 5 - 146,677
  4. PlayStation 4 - 12,111
  5. Xbox One - 9,685
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 348,467
  2. PlayStation 5 - 202,805
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 111,817
  4. PlayStation 4 - 11,309
  5. Xbox One - 1,898
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 268,396
  2. PlayStation 5 - 25,312
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 9,630
  4. PlayStation 4 - 646
  5. 3DS - 309 (Japan only)
  6. Xbox One - 138
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 38,728
  2. PlayStation 5 - 23,698
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 17,280
  4. PlayStation 4 - 429
  5. Xbox One - 80

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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37 Comments
Dulfite (on 14 December 2021)

Look at Xbox go!

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icykai (on 14 December 2021)

2 weeks for 100 mil switch, here we go

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SvenTheTurkey icykai (on 15 December 2021)

Yeah, it should. Hopefully the supply issues won't throw a wrench into things. I'm a bit surprised they're so close to last year after they said they had to slash the forecast due to supply issues.

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aTokenYeti (on 14 December 2021)

I don’t know if Microsoft knew there was going to be such a massive supply chain disruption while they were engineering the Series S, but they have got to feel pretty good about the decision to make it right about now.


Nintendo has proven that modest hardware is not an obstacle to console sales if you have the software people want.

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zakr1995 aTokenYeti (on 14 December 2021)

I think the Series S is a massive success for the unintended reason

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2zosteven zakr1995 (on 14 December 2021)

remember Bill gates predicted the pandemic!

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Trentonater aTokenYeti (on 15 December 2021)

People buying the series s is going to be a short lived phenominon specific to the holiday saeason. the reason there were so many left over is because demand was so much lower in the first place.

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sboy11es (on 14 December 2021)

In Japan switch has sold 105 times more than PS5, omg

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Doctor_MG sboy11es (on 14 December 2021)

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't 105x more be 2.6 million, not 260k? I think you meant 10.5x more.

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eddy7eddy Doctor_MG (on 14 December 2021)

Sboy means Japan Only:
Switch sold 202,937 units
PS5 sold 1919 units

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Doctor_MG eddy7eddy (on 15 December 2021)

Ah, I just kinda assumed when he said Japan he meant Asia without looking at Japan's own numbers. Totally my bad.

It is pretty interesting how the numbers worked out though. 105X in Japan and 10.5X in Asia overall lol.

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sboy11es Doctor_MG (on 15 December 2021)

Sorry if had not expressed myself well. If you multiply 1919 PS5's by 105, you get the number of Switch consoles that had been sold in Japan last week

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Doctor_MG sboy11es (on 15 December 2021)

Nah, you clearly said Japan. It was just me assuming based on the article and not what you actually said lol. You're good, but thanks for the clarification anyway.

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javi741 (on 14 December 2021)

I think its still up in the air whether or not the Switch could reach 100 Million and surpass the Wii lol

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Kakadu18 javi741 (on 14 December 2021)

We can not be 100% sure! ;)

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siebensus4 javi741 (on 14 December 2021)

There's still room for the cliff to happen :D

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SanAndreasX (on 14 December 2021)

How much longer before Switch overtakes Wii? PS1?

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gtotheunit91 SanAndreasX (on 14 December 2021)

I'd say before the end of the year

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Greenfox SanAndreasX (on 14 December 2021)

It is likely to surpass Wii during the week of 25-Dec. PS1 during the week of 1-Jan.

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SanAndreasX SanAndreasX (on 14 December 2021)

Also curious as to whether it will end up beating PS4.

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ShadowLink93 SanAndreasX (on 15 December 2021)

it will beat it by at least 30 million, PS4 will just fall short of 120m and Switch will end up selling 150m or more.

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2zosteven (on 14 December 2021)

great sales for Xbox, Mostly s models which good for them. Here is San Antonio Tx we have series s at all stores in stock.

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2zosteven (on 16 December 2021)

the numbers for PS5 and Xbox Series are terrible in Japan!

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ShadowLink93 (on 15 December 2021)

Switch is the best selling hardware 3 years in a row, 4th year is guaranteed with bad supply for PS5. 2023 will be interesting if Switch can make it five in a row.

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PAOerfulone ShadowLink93 (on 15 December 2021)

Even if supply wasn't an issue, I still think the Switch is going to be the top seller in 2022.

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SKMBlake (on 15 December 2021)

OMG the Switch reaching 100 million is happening, everybody stay calm !

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SanAndreasX SKMBlake (on 15 December 2021)

I see the cliff coming up ahead. Next week, Switch will fall behind the Vita!

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scrapking (on 14 December 2021)

The "PS5 Outsells Xbox Series" in the headline is a bit surprising given these are estimates rather than hard numbers, and one is estimated to have outsold the other by a mere 3.8%. It occurs to me the estimate could be out by as much as that which, if so, would invalidate that portion of the headline.

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Kakadu18 scrapking (on 14 December 2021)

True, it's in the margin of error.

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Kakadu18 Kakadu18 (on 15 December 2021)

Wait. Is the margin of error smaller than 3.8%? Or why was I downvoted?

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scrapking Kakadu18 (on 15 December 2021)

My only advice is that you chalk it up to fanboys up-voting and down-voting based on the message they want to hear, rather than anything that makes any logical sense or not. The best way to figure it out is stop trying to figure it, in other words. :)

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Kakadu18 scrapking (on 15 December 2021)

People are irrational.

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scrapking Kakadu18 (on 15 December 2021)

And the sooner you relax into that idea, the sooner you'll have all the answers you need about why things do (or do not) get downvoted. :)

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DeEscapist scrapking (on 15 December 2021)

Since last predictions were much lowered for PS5 its possible Series sold a little bit better than Sony console 2nd week in a row. Its just overpredicted. It was same with 10 million copies.
I gotta a feeling its more PS and Nintendo friendly site than Xbox anyway so Im not surprised with this title.

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shonii33 (on 15 December 2021)

a question if xbox series had 10.08 a week ago and now I add 383k the sum gives 10.46 not 10.25

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kenjab shonii33 (on 15 December 2021)

All console's sales were lowered a bit after Nov US data released on Monday.

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