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Switch Sales Top 101M, PS5 Tops 17M - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 19-25

Switch Sales Top 101M, PS5 Tops 17M - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 19-25 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 January 2022 / 8,793 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 1,159,524 units sold for the week ending December 25, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 101.88 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 575,535 units to bring its lifetime sales to 17.25 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 476,393 units to bring their lifetime sales to 11.48 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same week for the PS4 in 2014 are down by nearly 143,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same week for the Xbox One are down by over 13,000 units. PS4 sold 718,100 units for the week ending December 27, 2014 and Xbox One sales were at 489,489 units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 20,472 units, the Xbox One sold 8,802 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 291 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are up by 1,530 units (0.1%), while the PlayStation 5 is up 263,514 (84.5%) and the Xbox Series X|S is up 192,235 units (67.7%).

The PlayStation 4 is down 111,387 (-84.5%), the Xbox One is down 60,193 units (-87.2%), and the 3DS is down 2,970 units (-91.1%).

Looking at sales week-on-week, Nintendo Switch sales are down by over 155,000 units, PlayStation 5 sales are up by over 34,000 units, while Xbox Series X|S sales are up by nearly 17,000 units.

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

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 1,159,524 (101,875,838)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 575,535 (17,251,335)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 476,393 (11,477,311)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 20,472 (116,798,524)
  5. Xbox One - 8,802 (50,536,872)
  6. 3DS - 291 (75,943,428)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 505,181
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 310,664
  3. PlayStation 5 - 235,879
  4. PlayStation 4 - 10,254
  5. Xbox One - 7,032
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 334,729
  2. PlayStation 5 - 262,845
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 133,215
  4. PlayStation 4 - 9,042
  5. Xbox One - 1,615
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 277,596
  2. PlayStation 5 - 54,624
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 13,857
  4. PlayStation 4 - 797
  5. 3DS - 291 (Japan only)
  6. Xbox One - 85
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 42,018
  2. PlayStation 5 - 22,187
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 18,657
  4. PlayStation 4 - 379
  5. Xbox One - 70

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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22 Comments
gtotheunit91 (on 07 January 2022)

That would put Switch past the Wii! It maaaaaaay be just shy of the PS1 by the end of 2021, but it surely passed it by now. Congratulations Nintendo! And with no signs of slowing down either :)

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2zosteven (on 07 January 2022)

Switch kicked ass in all territories!

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aTokenYeti (on 07 January 2022)

Hooray, numbers are finally out :)

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Sonmakodo (on 08 January 2022)

So Nintendo will announce somewhere between 103 and 104 million for their financial report for the end of 2021. Love to see it.

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Mars2001 Sonmakodo (on 08 January 2022)

104,5Μ until 31/12

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jvmkdg (on 07 January 2022)

when will the npd group data be released?

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aTokenYeti (on 07 January 2022)

Also, I wonder what are the chances that the 9th gen sales split remains 60:40 PS:X|S for the remainder of the generation. This ratio has been holding remarkably consistently for the first year these consoles have been on the market

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gtotheunit91 aTokenYeti (on 07 January 2022)

I imagine the ratio will be like that for most of the generation. PS4 won by a landslide the previous generation and that kind of ground isn't made up over a year or two. Slowly but gradually. Once Xbox starts putting out all their first party games like Starfield, Redfall, Avowed, Fable, Hellblade II, Outer Worlds 2, State of Decay 3, and Perfect Dark will we see the gap start to shrink. It may culminate in the The Elder Scrolls VI release by the end. Even then, it may not be enough to actually pull ahead by the end of the generation. Sony is just that strong and rightfully so. PlayStation has some absolute bangers coming out! The biggest thing Xbox needs is consistency for years and years, which thankfully, they are positioning themselves for the long game.

As long as this generation is competitive, I'll be happy!

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aTokenYeti gtotheunit91 (on 07 January 2022)

It’s funny, because 60:40 is actually a substantial improvement over last gen, which ended 70:30 in PlayStation’s favor

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gtotheunit91 aTokenYeti (on 07 January 2022)

I guess we'll never know for sure because Microsoft hasn't been announcing official numbers for some years now. I know they're no longer in the "sell the most consoles" market, but at least announce how many consoles have sold each quarter.

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jvmkdg trunkswd (on 07 January 2022)

and how are you going to be sure of that if Microsoft doesn't disclose it?

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ireadtabloids trunkswd (on 07 January 2022)

I think there’s reasonable room for an audience to assume 1% margin for error either way depending on their convictions.

For example, I am convinced that Xbox One is over-tracked. I have no evidence to back that conviction, but it’s there and because Microsoft hasn’t shared data I need that full margin stretched as far as 1.05% to be convinced it cleared 50 million. The famitsu estimates for xbox one that I am convinced are very slightly under-tracked re-enforce that conviction. So I personally won’t feel comfortable calling out that xbox one sold 50 million units to consumers until next week.
However I also think TrunksWD and the team are doing a great job.

I really enjoy the work done on the sales tracking and charts, and I hope the team are able to continue doing it for as long as they want to.

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victor83fernandes (on 09 January 2022)

It will outsell the ps4 and the gameboy, in less than 6 years.
By the end if might just outsell the ps2 and DS, making it the best selling gaming device of all time. apart from PC.
That would be an achievement that I doubt would ever be matched again.
It is possible if Nintendo keeps supporting it until end of year 7, and still after that it would still sell.

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shonii33 (on 07 January 2022)

I am glad to see how xbox has recovered the US after having lost during the entire previous generation, now I hope that gap will be reduced as time goes by, Sony continues to have more stock insured for these months

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jvmkdg (on 07 January 2022)
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