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Switch Nears 100M, PS5 Tops 16M - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 5-11

Switch Nears 100M, PS5 Tops 16M - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 5-11 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 20 December 2021 / 12,605 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 1,245,034 units sold for the week ending December 11, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 99.36 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 428,366 units to bring its lifetime sales to 16.10 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 408,264 units to bring their lifetime sales to 10.63 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same week for the PS4 in 2014 are down by nearly 224,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same week for the Xbox One are down by nearly 25,000 units. PS4 sold 651,893 units for the week ending December 13, 2014 and Xbox One sales were at 433,239 units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 24,404 units, the Xbox One sold 11,610 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 303 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are down by 156,065 units (-11.1%), while the PlayStation 5 is up 77,318 (22.0%) and the Xbox Series X|S is up 128,051 units (45.7%).

The PlayStation 4 is down 124,266 (-83.6%), the Xbox One is down 80,356 units (-87.4%), and the 3DS is down 4,542 units (-93.8%).

Looking at sales week-on-week, Nintendo Switch sales are up by over 59,000 units, PlayStation 5 sales are up by over 30,000 units, while Xbox Series X|S sales are up by over 24,000 units.

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

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 1,245,034 (99,356,640)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 428,366 (16,103,410)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 408,264 (10,630,502)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 24,404 (116,752,444)
  5. Xbox One - 11,610 (50,516,008)
  6. 3DS - 303 (75,942,851)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 566,883
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 260,231
  3. PlayStation 5 - 175,852
  4. PlayStation 4 - 11,513
  5. Xbox One - 9,468
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 356,863
  2. PlayStation 5 - 208,514
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 120,421
  4. PlayStation 4 - 11,472
  5. Xbox One - 1,931
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 277,881
  2. PlayStation 5 - 23,583
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 9,308
  4. PlayStation 4 - 941
  5. 3DS - 309 (Japan only)
  6. Xbox One - 128
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 43,407
  2. PlayStation 5 - 20,417
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 18,304
  4. PlayStation 4 - 478
  5. Xbox One - 83

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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G2ThaUNiT (on 20 December 2021)

The Switch beating out the Wii and PS1 by the end of this year practically guaranteed. It took the PS2 5 years and 9 months to reach 100M and the PS4 5 years and 7 months. It's going to have taken the Switch 4 years and 9 months to reach that same milestone! A full year faster than the PS2! Which is not taking into account the supply issues that's been plaguing the world. That's absolutely incredible.

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Torpoleon G2ThaUNiT (on 20 December 2021)

Definitely incredible news! I think only the DS was faster.

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Jumpin G2ThaUNiT (on 20 December 2021)

The Switch saved its nitros!

…sorry, mushrooms.

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darthv72 (on 20 December 2021)

Seeing as these reports are generally behind by at least a week... it is safe to assume Switch has already passed 100m just as Series passed 11m and PS5 nearing 17m all before xmas. congrats to switch for joining the 100m club.

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INCITATUSBR (on 20 December 2021)

with values adjusted or not, Nintendo Switch is 100M this year.

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SvenTheTurkey INCITATUSBR (on 20 December 2021)

With two weeks to go, yeah, definitely.

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Chicho SvenTheTurkey (on 20 December 2021)

3 weeks to go

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SvenTheTurkey Chicho (on 20 December 2021)

Well yeah. That's true. I meant 2 full weeks so it would be definitively within the calendar year.

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Jumpin (on 20 December 2021)

There’s a pitcher with 5 mugs of ale in it.
Sony drank 1
Microsoft drank 1
Nintendo drank 3

Nintendo is now up with the ladies, burning it up on the dance floor while Sony and Microsoft are being left behind, though not necessarily through their own fault.

The pub is REALLY slow at serving drinks.

Nintendo’s burning up the floor with the ladies. Microsoft and Sega want to get up to the dance floor too. But the bartender is late… What’s going on? Why is Nintendo getting more drinks? They’re buying drinks for the women on the floor while Sony and MS have trouble getting enough for a buzz.

But there is a silver lining, they could be Sega.

Sega is the designated driver tonight.
SEGA “I’m straight edge! It’s cool….. trust me…”
SEGA (grumbling): “…at least I’m not Atari.”

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Kakadu18 Jumpin (on 21 December 2021)


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SanAndreasX Jumpin (on 22 December 2021)

Sega is like Barney Gumble in that one episode of the Simpsons.. “That’s just drunk talk! Sweet, beautiful drunk talk…”

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2zosteven (on 20 December 2021)

both systems doing terrible in Japan

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victor83fernandes 2zosteven (on 22 December 2021)

No one cares about Japan anymore.

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Legit (on 20 December 2021)

Next week switch Hits 100 million plus ?

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Sonmakodo Legit (on 21 December 2021)

Seeing as this reported is based on two weeks ago and they are always somewhat behind the numbers Nintendo reports themselves I’m pretty sure they are already above 100 million

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AJNShelton (on 20 December 2021)

Come on, so close. But yeah, next week will be history

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SanAndreasX (on 22 December 2021)

How many systems did Switch outsell LTD this year?

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jvmkdg (on 20 December 2021)

Does anyone explain to me how Microsoft is making more than the ps5?

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aTokenYeti jvmkdg (on 20 December 2021)

The series S uses smaller, fewer, and lower quality components than the PS5 and Series X. Microsoft is able to make enough Series S consoles to be on store shelves and attract casual and impulse holiday shoppers. PS5’s not being on store shelves or readily available online means only dedicated fans are going out of their way to try and get them right now

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jvmkdg aTokenYeti (on 20 December 2021)

So when the holiday season is over, Xbox sales will drop?

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aTokenYeti jvmkdg (on 20 December 2021)

Maybe. Series X demand still remains very high. Sales usually drop off for consoles after the holidays but I’m not sure the drop off will be as extreme this time around.

It’s really hard to say with current market conditions.y guess is that Xbox will continue to sell reasonably well simply because they can get product on shelves

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victor83fernandes aTokenYeti (on 22 December 2021)

You mean scalper demand is high, there's about 6 xbox series X right now on my local classifieds and only one PS5, the PS5 is also being sold for 150 pounds (198dollars) more. I can link you to the facebook classifieds if you want.
I'm in the UK.

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djs (on 20 December 2021)

Isn't the PS5 total supposed to be around 16.4M or so, after this week?

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jvmkdg djs (on 20 December 2021)

they cut 400k from ps5 and just 200k from Xbox. they've increased Xbox sales to match ps5 sales. Because I do not know

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Kakadu18 jvmkdg (on 21 December 2021)

The reason are adjustments after NPD data got released.

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siebensus4 (on 20 December 2021)

PS5 + PS4 combined are down YoY by 46'948 units (9.4 %). Not good news for Sony, because sales were already pretty bad last year due to low sales of PS4 and shortages of PS5 after the launch.

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Jumpin siebensus4 (on 20 December 2021)

Remember when Sony fans used to wrap all PS2 and PS3 sales into a “PlayStation family” so they could approach or beat the Wii in sales? Well… Not so great if they were to do it that way now :D

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UteGuy Jumpin (on 20 December 2021)

Nintendo is an unstopable beast. I love Sony and will always buy PS, but gotta give props. They completely dominate with the Switch.

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siebensus4 Jumpin (on 21 December 2021)

I actually don't understand the down votes. Numbers don't lie and even the article compares current gen with last gen.

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jvmkdg (on 21 December 2021)
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victor83fernandes zero129 (on 22 December 2021)

PS5 and Xbox is not neck and neck, and the difference would be even bigger if there was stock, there's more people looking for a ps5 than an xbox. Also xbox is divided between 2 consoles one being much weaker.

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