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PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Sales Comparison - December 2021

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Sales Comparison - December 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 February 2022 / 3,526 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 combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S with the combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The 14th month for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S is December 2021, while for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One it is December 2014. This does mean the holiday periods for all four consoles are lined up.

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Sales Comparison - December 2021

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Sales Comparison - December 2021

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Sales Comparison - December 2021

Gap change in latest month: 109,803 – PS4 & XOne

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,277,742 – PS5 & XSX|S

Total Lead: 1,192,392 - PS5 & XSX|S

Total Combined PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Sales: 29,665,820

Total Combined PS4 and Xbox One Sales: 28,473,428

In December 2021, the gap grew in favor of the combined sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in the last month by 109,803 units. In the last 12 months, the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S lead has grown by 1.28 million units. The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S lead by a combined 1.19 million units.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S in their first 14 months sold a combined 29.67 million units, while the PS4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 28.47 million units. It took until month 16 for the PS4 and Xbox One to sell as many units as the current PS5 and Xbox Series X|S sales.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 167.04 million units after 98 months.


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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8 Comments
darthv72 (on 27 January 2022)

And that 1.19m lead is all thanks to the Series leading the XBO by 1.5m itself.

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Robert_Downey_Jr. darthv72 (on 27 January 2022)

it would be so much higher without PS5 shortages too (the total that is)

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darthv72 Robert_Downey_Jr. (on 27 January 2022)

"would be" is the key phrase, but it's not. Basically XB picking up the slack and keeping both ahead of the previous gen total.

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Robert_Downey_Jr. darthv72 (on 28 January 2022)

I said "too" and you turned that agreement and add on into an argument. Please don't do that.

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siebensus4 darthv72 (on 27 January 2022)

That's correct! Why negative voting? PS5 lies behind PS4 launch aligned.

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aTokenYeti siebensus4 (on 27 January 2022)

A lot of people struggle with the distinction between “is” and “ought”

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Kakadu18 darthv72 (on 27 January 2022)

In big part thanks to the Series S.

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Qwark (on 28 January 2022)

It might be thanks to.the Xbox lead, but also simply because the PS5 can kind a keep up with the PS4. Don't forget that the PS5 sold over 6 million units more than the Xbox Series, that's almost 100k each week. Next holiday this gen will probably fall behind to retake the crown in 2023

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