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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through December 18

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through December 18 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 28 December 2021 / 4,097 Views

Here we see data representing the global sales through to consumers and change in sales performance of the three current platforms (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch) and three legacy platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo 3DS) over comparable periods for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Also shown is the market share for each of the consoles over the same periods.

Year to Date Sales Comparison (Same Periods Covered)

Market Share (Same Periods Covered)

2018 – (Week ending January 13 to December 22)

2019 – (Week ending January 12 to December 21)

2020 – (Week ending January 11 to December 19)

2021 – (Week ending January 9 to December 18)

"Year to date" sales for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2021 versus 2020 and 2021 versus 2019 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.

Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year

Microsoft

  • Xbox One – Down Year-on-Year 2,168,007 (-73.0%)
  • Xbox Series X|S – Up Year-on-Year 5,398,097 (+210.3%)

Nintendo

  • Nintendo Switch - Down Year-on-Year 2,326,329 (-8.9%)
  • Nintendo 3DS – Down Year-on-Year 396,827 (-92.1%)

Sony

  • PlayStation 4 – Down Year-on-Year 5,996,218 (-73.7%)
  • PlayStation 5 – Up Year-on-Year 8,412,264 (+217.2%)

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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16 Comments
CourageTCD (on 28 December 2021)

Is Switch's 2021 vs 2020 % up/down going to be lower than -10%?

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Kakadu18 CourageTCD (on 28 December 2021)

Very likely.

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siebensus4 Kakadu18 (on 28 December 2021)

On the other hand, fiscal year (ending March '22) should be more than -10 %.

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Chicho siebensus4 (on 29 December 2021)

2022 should be mostly flat. or -/+ 5%

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SvenTheTurkey Chicho (on 30 December 2021)

I think he's assuming the shortages are going to hit harder after the holidays. If so, it's a fair assumption. They won't be bending over backwards to get them on shelves in a month.

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2zosteven (on 28 December 2021)

got my series X ordered today, best buy says pick up Sunday the 2nd

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xMetroid 2zosteven (on 28 December 2021)

Congrats :)

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aTokenYeti (on 28 December 2021)

So 2021 totals should probably end up being:

Switch: 25ish million
PlayStation 5: 13ish million
Xbox Series X|S: 9ish million

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trunkswd aTokenYeti (on 28 December 2021)

Decent enough year considering the shortages.

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aTokenYeti trunkswd (on 28 December 2021)

Agreed. Also pleasantly surprised with how close the X|S was able to keep it with the PS5.

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trunkswd aTokenYeti (on 28 December 2021)

Shortages is one of the reasons sales have been relatively close. Series S is easier to produce than the Series X or PS5, so there has been more stock available.

I do expect this generation to be closer than last generation. I am predicting the Xbox Series X|S to outsell the PS5 in North America by 5-10 million by the end of the generation due to the stronger first-party lineup compared to the Xbox One. Though, PS5 will have no problem winning worldwide.

Instead of ~116m for PS4 vs ~51m for Xbox One, I would expect something more like 100m-110m for PS5 vs 70m-80m for Xbox Series X|S.

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scrapking trunkswd (on 29 December 2021)

Given the lower sales of the OG Xbox and the Xbox One, and the higher failure rate of Xbox 360s, your projection suggests the Xbox Series consoles have a very good shot at actually having the most Xbox units in active use by the end of the generation.

I know I'm not the only one who, after the umpteenth failure of my Xbox 360, just bought a 360 slim rather than repair my launch Xbox yet again.

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zero129 scrapking (on 31 December 2021)

But that can also be applied to the PS1+2 then and even PS3.
PS1 disc read errors, many people got the slim version over that, PS2 Disc read errors and scratching discs, many people got the Slim over that, PS3 YLOD many people got the slim version since that.

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scrapking zero129 (on 04 January 2022)

But it can't be applied in any significant manner to the Xbox One, or so far to Xbox Series consoles, so I'm not sure how that relates to my point?

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zero129 scrapking (on 04 January 2022)

My reply was to the "I know I'm not the only one who, after the umpteenth failure of my Xbox 360, just bought a 360 slim rather than repair my launch Xbox yet again."

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scrapking zero129 (on 04 January 2022)

Right, but the context of me saying that was suggesting that Xbox 360 sales figures were significantly inflated over Xbox Series console sales (which haven't suffered nearly as high failure rates). My comments were about how the Xbox Series consoles could have more consoles in active use than the 360 did by late in its generation, even if they fail to hit the same sales total. Here again is what I said right before the line you quoted:

"Given the lower sales of the OG Xbox and the Xbox One, and the higher failure rate of Xbox 360s, your projection suggests the Xbox Series consoles have a very good shot at actually having the most Xbox units in active use by the end of the generation."

So I don't see the relevance of your reply. You're replying, but starting a new topic at the same time.

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