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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 December 2021 / 59,611 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 Xbox Series X|S.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S both launched in November 2020. The PlayStation 5 launched November 12, 2020 in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, and the rest of the world on November 19, 2020. The Xbox Series X|S launched worldwide on November 10, 2020.

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

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

PS5 Vs. XSX|S Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 22,364 - XSX|S

Gap change over last 12 months: 4,334,543 - PS5

Total Lead: 5,438,535 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 15,276,712

Xbox Series X|S Total Sales: 9,838,177

November 2021 is the 13th month the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Xbox Series X|S when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 by 22,364 units. In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 5 has outsold the Xbox Series X|S by 4.33 million units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 5.44 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 15.28 million units in 13 months, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 9.84 million units.

The PlayStation 5 is currently 0.20 million units behind of the PlayStation 4 when you align launches and the Xbox Series X|S is ahead of the Xbox One by 1.46 million units.


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
zakr1995 (on 18 December 2021)

What a month for Xbox, the Series S being available and easier to make during the chip shortage, is working wonders,

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SuperNintend0rk zakr1995 (on 18 December 2021)

Yup it was a very smart strategy. Any month where Xbox can outsell PS worldwide is a great month.

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trunkswd SuperNintend0rk (on 19 December 2021)

Same could happen in December. It all depends on how many Series S consoles Microsoft can ship.

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SuperNintend0rk trunkswd (on 19 December 2021)

Yeah that seems pretty likely to me. The Series S is a great last minute Christmas gift.

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mjk45 zakr1995 (on 19 December 2021)

Yes it's a great strategy the Series S is by it's nature suited to Black Friday and the Holiday sales period so to focus your production for this quarter on the Series S has borne fruit.

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victor83fernandes (on 19 December 2021)

This is good for xbox, I'm happy they are doing great, more of a PC guy so don't care much
With that said, I'm starting to see a trend these last few days, on my local classifieds there's 4 xbox series X for sale, and not a single ps5.
Sure the xbox are being sold by sclapers, but they aren't even doing that for ps5 as they either were sold or there aren't any.
My point is, no one can say what the real sales would be if there was plenty stock, my opinion is ps5 would be selling 2:1. Still a major improvement for xbox.
Personally I prefer the xbox as a hardware, just chose the ps5 because of exclusives. But now I am seeing great advantages on ps5 even over PC, example I'm playing death stranding at the moment and the adaptive triggers improve the game by a big margin as you can actually feel the weigh of the packages to one side or the other.
Also for some reason games tend to get better sales on ps5 on amazon, I do not do streaming services or rental services, I like to buy my own games and keep them forever, just like I've been doing since the early 90's.

All in all this generation might be the best ever, Sony had a terrible console last gen, with bad controllers squeaking and breaking thumbsticks and bad battery, terribly loud fans and long loadings, this has all been fixed.
Same with xbox, no more external power supply, no more underpowered console, no more useless camera, both are now great and high quality. Especially xbox with gamepass, even tough its not for me its still a great service ideal for many people.
Also Nintendo has done so much better with the Switch, now the 'controller' is completely portable, unlike the wiiU which had a short range, and gaming library is way better on it, console is better in every way imaginable. I always hated how the wiiU had both thumbsticks on top, so uncomfortable.

All 3 have done really great, so they all deserve to sell, competition is only good for us gamers.
On top of that microsoft and sony are releasing games on PC, if this continues and improves, maybe this will be the very last console I buy from sony and I could use my PC for everything, and the next nintendo console for nintendo games. Fingers crossed that sony fully jumps in on PC. I don't mind waiting 1 year for their games if that means not having to buy extra hardware. As of now, the ps5 is still essential.

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