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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 59

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 59 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 January 2022 / 4,271 Views

This weekly mini-series compares the aligned launch sales of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.

It should be noted the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S had a worldwide launch, while the PlayStation 5 launch was split over the course of two weeks. Also, the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017, while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S launched during the holidays in November 2020.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Global:

  1. PS5: 17,251,335
  2. Switch: 16,164,411
  3. XSX|S: 11,477,311

Through the first 59 weeks available worldwide the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.09 million units units and is 5.77 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 4.69 million units.

The PS5 has sold 17.25 million in 59 weeks worldwide, while the Switch sold 16.16 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 11.48 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 59 weeks, the PS5 is in the lead. The PS5 has a 38.4 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 36.0 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 25.6 percent.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch US:

  1. PS5: 6,033,888
  2. Switch: 5,788,831
  3. XSX|S: 5,419,220

Through the first 59 weeks available in the US the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 0.25 million units and is 0.61 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.37 million units.

The PS5 has sold 6.03 million in 59 weeks in the US, while the Switch sold 5.79 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 5.42 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 59 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The PS5 has a 35.0 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 33.6 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 31.4 percent.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe (58 weeks):

  1. PS5: 6,908,185
  2. Switch: 4,134,743
  3. XSX|S: 3,493,116

The PlayStation 5 has been available for one week less than the Xbox Series X|S in Europe. After 58 weeks the PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 2.77 million units and is 3.42 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.64 million units.

The PS5 has sold 6.91 million in 58 weeks in Europe, while the Switch sold 4.13 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 3.49 million units. 

Looking at the marketshare through 58 weeks, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 47.5 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 28.5 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 24.0 percent.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Japan:

  1. Switch: 4,095,994
  2. PS5: 1,229,965
  3. XSX|S: 130,112

Through the first 59 weeks available in Japan the Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S by a wide margin. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 2.87 million units and is 3.97 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 1.10 million units.

The Switch has sold 4.10 million units in 59 weeks in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 1.23 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.13 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 59 weeks, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 75.1 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 22.5 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.4 percent.


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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10 Comments
aTokenYeti (on 09 January 2022)

If demand remains strong I wonder if Xbox can overtake switch launch aligned in the US in Q1 2022. It would be unlikely it would be able to hold onto that long term, but it’s going to end 2021 right next to Switch in the US launch aligned.

The PS5’s continued dominance in Europe is really impressive. Given that most of SIE’s executive leadership and major decision makers are European, I’ve recently started considering PlayStation Europe’s console. Perhaps that’s sacrilege to some, but I feel like even their sensibilities towards software development and game design are European.

It’s a nice symmetry, I think. Xbox branding an corporate culture seem representative of American sensibilities, Nintendo Japanese sensibilities, PlayStation European sensibilities

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jvmkdg (on 09 January 2022)

it's really impressive that the ps5 is ahead of the switch when you line up throws, due to the scarcity of chips. if the ps5 stock improves this year I believe it will end 2022 with 38 million units shipped.

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JohannLink jvmkdg (on 09 January 2022)

Still, gotta remember that Switch was released March and not on the holidays.

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aTokenYeti JohannLink (on 09 January 2022)

The switch also released to some skepticism after the failure of the WiiU. It took a year or two before people got their hands on and realized what Nintendo had accomplished before sales really exploded

PS5 is riding on a lot of inertia from the previous gen, and advantage the Switch did not benefit from

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jvmkdg JohannLink (on 09 January 2022)

It's also worth remembering that the ps5 has stock problems. if it wasn't for that the ps5 would have reached 25 million units due to high demand

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Kakadu18 jvmkdg (on 09 January 2022)

The Switch was also supply constrained in it's first year. Just like with the PS4, the lines here will also cross several times because the holiday seasons aren't aligned.

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scrapking Kakadu18 (on 09 January 2022)

I agree with your speculation about them crossing repeatedly. Given the Switch wasn't launched in the holiday season, I think the Xbox will likely pass the Switch in both North America and Europe, only to be passed by the Switch later on, probably in a cycle that will repeat for the first two years of the Xbox Series consoles' lifespan.

However, the Switch wasn't supply constrained to the degree the PS5 and Series X are, was it? I think it was supply constrained more along the lines of what the Series S experienced. Supply and demand for the Series S seems to have fully caught up in most of the world in about 10 months, and a little longer in North America, perhaps 12-13 months in the U.S., and a full 14 months in Canada.

I have been checking online Series S stock in Canada regularly, and for the very first time I now see the Series S in stock on the e-commerce sites of every major electronics retailer in Canada simultaneously, plus in stock on the Microsoft Store, and as of today we're a day short of exactly 14 months after launch. And it wasn't until about 10 months after launch that I started reading comments from VGChartz readers in Europe and elsewhere that the Series S was starting to become easy to find where they live. So depending on market, it seems to have taken 10-14 months for supply to match demand for the Series S, which lines up pretty closely for my recollection of the Switch's trajectory.

PS5 and Series X have now spent more time supply-constrained than either the Series S or Switch did, and the PS5 and the Series X each still have significant pent up demand waiting to be sated.

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scrapking scrapking (on 09 January 2022)

Since the Series S is the first current-gen console to come out of supply-constraint, it'll be interesting to see if Microsoft starts doing more bundle deals for it (beyond the current Fortnite/Rocket League in-game currency bundle, that is), and what those bundles may look like. Forza Horizon 5 bundle that swaps in the FH5 controller (now that that controller has also come out of supply-constraint)? X-number of months of Game Pass bundle? Special edition colours? A premium Series S with an optical drive?

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Mars2001 jvmkdg (on 09 January 2022)

150 million units per year.Just a marketing trick.

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Zeruda-Hime jvmkdg (on 09 January 2022)

Switch is a succes thanks to the games not for the name. She gained the results with a lot of exclusives.🤷‍♀️

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