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PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Sales Comparison - November 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 December 2021 / 4,290 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 combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S with the combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The 13th month for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S is November 2021, while for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One it is November 2014. This does mean the holiday periods for all four consoles are lined up.

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Sales Comparison - November 2021

Gap change in latest month: 1,436,235 – PS4 & XOne

Gap change over last 12 months: 431,112 – PS5 & XSX|S

Total Lead: 1,265,601 - PS5 & XSX|S

Total Combined PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Sales: 25,114,889

Total Combined PS4 and Xbox One Sales: 23,849,288

In November 2021, the gap grew in favor of the combined sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in the last month by 1.44 million units. In the last 12 months, the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S lead has grown by 431,112 units. The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S lead by a combined 2.68 million units.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S in their first 13 months sold a combined 25.11 million units, while the PS4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 23.85 million units. It took until month 15 for the PS4 and Xbox One to sell as many units as the current PS5 and Xbox Series X|S sales.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 167.20 million units after 97 months.


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
aTokenYeti (on 19 December 2021)

I think the Xbox Series consoles continued sales dominance over the Xbox One will compensate for PlayStation’s temporary supply constraints. Would be really surprised if 9th gen falls behind 8th gen launch aligned at any point

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mjk45 aTokenYeti (on 19 December 2021)

Even the holiday sales advantage that should favour the PS4/Xbox wasn't enough.

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scrapking mjk45 (on 19 December 2021)

It's amusing to look back at articles about how consoles had no future, back from 2011/12/13-ish. When the PS4 and Xbox One launch, some thought they might be the last generation of consoles. I think even Sony and Microsoft shared this fear, given how underpowered they were compared to the PCs of the time. The thinking at the time was that consoles were squeezed between the superior power and versatility of PCs with hardcore gamers, and the growing popularity of mobile devices with casual gamers.

But consoles are stronger than ever, and this generation of consoles is closer to contemporary PCs than the 2013 consoles were to 2013 PCs, so Microsoft and Sony have launched consoles that show a lot more confidence in the future of the console industry. I'd argue they've had that confidence since they updated their underpowered 2013 consoles with mid-gen refreshes in 2016/2017, in fact.

The old axiom that consoles offer cheaper hardware, but PCs offer cheaper software is not as clear-cut as it used to be, either, thanks to subscription services like Game Pass levelling that playing field somewhat for a growing number of gamers.

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mjk45 scrapking (on 19 December 2021)

The new consoles are at this very moment looking down from atop their fortress walls at the pile of dead enemies sent to slay them while saying to each other what fools they were our forebears trained us well.

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scrapking mjk45 (on 20 December 2021)

Totally. Why I got downvoted for that comment, I can't even hazard a guess. PC fans who object to "console peasants" being successful? Bizarre. I thought for sure a comment that wasn't positive towards only one brand of console maker would have been save from downvotes. :P

Edit to add: Oh, I know what it was, it was the reference to subscription services allowing some people to save money on their software costs. I forget that some people get butthurt over buying games vs. subscription services (ignoring the fact that you can USE subscription services to help decide WHICH games to buy, they're not mutually exclusive concepts).

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2zosteven (on 20 December 2021)

PS5 and Xbox series will pass PS4 and X1 easily over time. This is because microsoft isnot forcing Kinect on us and i see sales increasing for the Xbox Series around 50% over the X1

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