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Pokemon Boosts Switch Sales, PS5 and XS are Even - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Jan 23-29

Pokemon Boosts Switch Sales, PS5 and XS are Even - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Jan 23-29 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 February 2022 / 8,481 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 371,357 units sold for the week ending January 29, 2022, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 103.52 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 140,940 units to bring its lifetime sales to 17.57 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 139,238 units to bring their lifetime sales to 12.34 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same week for the PS4 in 2015 are down by nearly 19,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same week for the Xbox One are up by nearly 64,000 units. PS4 sold 159,694 units for the week ending January 24, 2015 and Xbox One sales were at 75,619 units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 16,571 units, and the Xbox One sold 2,104 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are up by 15,620 units (4.4%), while the PlayStation 5 is down 38,798 (-21.6%) and the Xbox Series X|S is up 39,218 units (39.2%).

The PlayStation 4 is down 61,034 (-78.7%), the Xbox One is down 23,217 units (-91.7%).

Looking at sales week-on-week, Nintendo Switch sales are up by nearly 54,000 units, PlayStation 5 sales are down by over 8,000 units, while Xbox Series X|S sales are flat.

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

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 371,357 (103,520,620)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 140,940 (17,572,287)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 139,238 (12,337,606)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 16,571 (116,609,138)
  5. Xbox One - 2,104 (50,508,115)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 126,173
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 92,301
  3. PlayStation 5 - 61,861
  4. PlayStation 4 - 8,364
  5. Xbox One - 1,757
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 85,889
  2. PlayStation 5 - 41,860
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 33,695
  4. PlayStation 4 - 7,435
  5. Xbox One - 291
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 144,712
  2. PlayStation 5 - 32,587
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 8,160
  4. PlayStation 4 - 480
  5. Xbox One - 29
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 14,583
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 5,082
  3. PlayStation 5 - 4,632
  4. PlayStation 4 - 292
  5. Xbox One - 27

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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65 Comments
Ninhut (on 07 February 2022)

these are crazy numbers for switch and xbox series s/x

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Livewitharya victor83fernandes (on 08 February 2022)

Xbox is almost selling 80% more consoles this gen on a week by week basis (after holiday period) than it sold last gen. Last gen it ended up selling around 55 million consoles. At current rate, it is going to cross 80 million consoles sold, smoothly. PS5 will also sell around 90 to 100 million units, not PS4 level but still strong numbers overall.

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siebensus4 victor83fernandes (on 08 February 2022)

You are expecting Switch/DS/Wii-like numbers from Xbox? That's not realistic. At least not at this point. 140k on a weekly basis is exactely what PS3/X360/3DS were able to do. All consoles landed around 80M. But I guess that Xbox Series has a strong second half of its lifetime with all those aquisitions.

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2zosteven siebensus4 (on 08 February 2022)

Xseries can hit 90 million mark +-

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shikamaru317 siebensus4 (on 08 February 2022)

You have to remember these 2 things though:

  • Xbox Series is selling that much per week while massively supply constrained on Series X and somewhat supply constrained on Series S, they could easily be selling 250k per week or more right now with more stock for Series S and especially Series X.

  • Xbox's exclusive line-up is going to be substantially stronger from 2023 onward than it is right now, as more and more of their soon to be 34 first party studios start releasing Xbox exclusives, including system sellers like Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6
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2zosteven (on 07 February 2022)

Crazy how the switch continues to outsell PS5 and X series combined almost every week.

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NextGen_Gamer 2zosteven (on 07 February 2022)

It is, and I know someone will yell "supply constrained" about the PS5 and Xbox Series, but that only applies to that side of the argument. Yes, both of those could be selling more if more could be produced. But that doesn't take away that Switch is still selling 370,000+ consoles in a week lol. And those people buying Nintendo are almost certainly not the same people who can't buy a PS5/XSX and "gave up" and got a Switch instead.

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golfgt170 2zosteven (on 07 February 2022)

How is this crazy when scalpers and small local stores, try to sell PS5/SX, at 700 euro? Those machines cant even make it to the selves... What is manufactured every week, is eithered scalped or sold immediately.

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aTokenYeti golfgt170 (on 07 February 2022)

No one is denying the demand for the new consoles is high. I think people are just surprised and impressed that a 5 year old console is still selling this well

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victor83fernandes aTokenYeti (on 07 February 2022)

Not surprised at all, Nintendo was the perfect console for the lockdowns, especially if there was only 1 tv in the house.
And now we just got a brand new pokemon. This year, with advance wars, breath of the wild 2, Kirby, bayonetta 3, splatoon 3 and maybe more unannounced games, switch will keep selling.
They would only need to bring a new open world mario and that would guaranteed high sales for another 2 years.
Also the switch console is a console that gets bought a second time for many people, due to battery failures and stuff like that. I know of people who couldn't charge their switch and just bought a new one due to being out of warranty. Sometimes is an easy fix but most people wouldn't know. I had an issue like that, with one of my joycons which wouldn't charge no matter what, I tried everything even bought third party charger, in the end I just decided it was easier to pay 80 dollars for a new pair, fortunately it was not the console itself.

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SvenTheTurkey victor83fernandes (on 08 February 2022)

People often buy a new console when their old one goes bad. That's not unique to the switch because it has a battery. My brother bought a new PS3 when his first one died. A friend bought a PS4 pro even though he had a PS4.

One person buying multiple consoles is not unique to the switch. There are a lot of reasons for it for every console.

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2zosteven golfgt170 (on 07 February 2022)

that does not make any sense

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victor83fernandes 2zosteven (on 07 February 2022)
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golfgt170 2zosteven (on 07 February 2022)

Did you even read what i wrote? He said that switch outsells ps5 and X combined. I said that when there are NO consoles available to buy, it's only natural to have switch outselling them. I didnt say that switch is selling because there are no the other consoles on the market. Jeez

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ironmanDX golfgt170 (on 09 February 2022)

I really don't get the downvoting here.

If PS5 was selling 300k and series was 150k, they'd be above. Due to the constraints, it isn't possible.

We can live in a world where more than one console can be successful. Jesus Christ..

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golfgt170 ironmanDX (on 09 February 2022)

I dont either... It's probably of my 1st comment where i said the exact same thing and i get downvoted again by just saying the same but tried to explain it once more. Whatever the case, ignoring the fact that something that is nowhere to found for purchase gets outselled, is NOT crazy. And that is my point.

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Kakadu18 (on 07 February 2022)

Good Switch and Xbox numbers. Rather disappointing PS5 numbers. Crazy that the XBS is shead of the PS5 in Oceania.

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Elputoxd Kakadu18 (on 07 February 2022)

I thought was Xbox strong in English-speaking countries like Australia and New Zealand?

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ireadtabloids Elputoxd (on 08 February 2022)

New Zealand is very much playstation territory. Australia has four times the market and is a bit more forgiving of xbox, but we mostly disliked xbox one. Xbox Series is a better product that people like more, but I’ve seen some people buy Xbox recently just because they were sick of waiting for PS5 and Xbox Series was in stock that fortnight.

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DeEscapist ireadtabloids (on 08 February 2022)

They won't be disappointed :) .

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shikamaru317 ireadtabloids (on 08 February 2022)

Didn't 360 lead PS3 in gen 7 in Australia?

I feel like Xbox Series might just beat PS5 in many of the same markets that 360 beat PS3 in, once supply starts to meet demand and more and more of Xbox's soon to be 34 first party studios start releasing Xbox exclusives over the next several years.

As I recall the countries where 360 beat PS3 were:
-US
-UK
-Australia
-Mexico
-Brazil

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ireadtabloids shikamaru317 (on 08 February 2022)

Yes, 360 was very popular here in Australia as far as hardware sales.

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Kakadu18 Elputoxd (on 08 February 2022)

I think this is the first week since launch that XBS is ahead, so I'm surprised.

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victor83fernandes Kakadu18 (on 07 February 2022)

Not disappointing at all, I'm actually surprised, because I don't see any of these consoles for sale anywhere, so I wonder where are these 150 thousand each coming from. I wouldn't mind getting an xbox if I could find it for 500 dollars.

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Kakadu18 victor83fernandes (on 07 February 2022)

I hoped for and expected more.

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scrapking Kakadu18 (on 07 February 2022)

There were reports of Sony air-freighting PS5 units in to some markets (the UK at a minimum, but possibly others) in the lead-up to Christmas. Any chance Microsoft didn't do the same, meaning they have Series X|S units built around the same time that are just now arriving by sea?

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Kakadu18 scrapking (on 07 February 2022)

That's a possibility.

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sboy11es (on 07 February 2022)

good numbers for Switch!

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xMetroid (on 07 February 2022)

Switch up YOY and Xbox tied with PS5... crazy times

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shonii33 (on 07 February 2022)

I'm glad for xbox that it continues so the gap is no longer that of one and it can take leadership as the catalog becomes stronger

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DNC (on 07 February 2022)

Switch 300.000+ week 😍 Jan1-mar31 maybe 2.4mi

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ShadowLink93 DNC (on 07 February 2022)

300K x 13 weeks = 3.9m

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Kakadu18 DNC (on 07 February 2022)

They are expecting to ship 4mil this quarter. 300k per week would be more than 2.4mil in the end.

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siebensus4 (on 07 February 2022)

Microsoft should be really happy if Xbox Series can hold these numbers.
This is maybe the only week in the first half of the year where Switch is up YoY. At least until Splatoon 3 launches. 2021 had crazy numbers in its first half (Super Mario 3D World, Monster Hunter Rise). Switch was almost not below 400k from February until May 2021. Hard times are coming...

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victor83fernandes siebensus4 (on 07 February 2022)

Switch crazy numbers for 2021 were mostly due to lockdowns and animal crossing, monster hunter is a niche title, and mario 3d was only DLC.
The question for 2022 is if pokemon arceus has the same impact as animal crossing had.

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siebensus4 victor83fernandes (on 07 February 2022)

Super Mario 3D World week sold 498k consoles, Monster Hunter Rise week sold 772k. Animal Crossing week was 2020 and sold 1'030k (triple as much as Arceus), but I was comparing this year with last year. I don't see Kirby to push any significant hardware. Pokemon Arceus hasn't pushed hardware above 400k, so the impact is clearly below the other mentioned titles.

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victor83fernandes siebensus4 (on 07 February 2022)

My point was, animal cross had long legs, it was very popular for a long time, such didn't happen with any other game on switch, pokemon maybe, but there's more games to hold the switch sales, for me its advance wars and rune factory 5, also kirby, splatoon 3, bayonetta 3. Breath of the wild 2. Switch will be fine for a long time.
Oh I forgot the mario 3d launch on switch was the complete game, I thought it was already release years before, I was confusing with the wiiU.
For me Mario 3d stars was a more important release than mario 3d as 3d stars is a bigger upgrade than mario 3d which looked the same as on the wiiU.
Its about time nintendo releases a new 2d mario game.

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Mnementh victor83fernandes (on 08 February 2022)

Animal Crossing was a year before. And if you say Monster Hunter Rise is niche you are delusional, it sold 8 million. It sold more than Resident Evil Village.

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Agente42 Mnementh (on 08 February 2022)

Nintendo needs more this "niche" titles, likewise Rise ;)

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DeEscapist (on 09 February 2022)

What are the numbers of current gen sales on the main page? They are different than in this news.

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Livewitharya (on 09 February 2022)

Why is there a difference between total PS5 sales numbers here and at the bar graph in the main page?

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darthv72 (on 07 February 2022)

Maybe the rumors of Sony increasing PS4 production might be true because this looks like PS5 output has been halved. MS didnt increase or decrease their Series output but Sony definitely did. Both use the same fabs so something must be up with Sony side of things. They lowered their estimates overall but this is really odd for the week.

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scrapking darthv72 (on 07 February 2022)

There were reports of Sony air-freighting units to some markets in the lead-up to Christmas. Post-Christmas they likely went back to shipping them entirely by sea again. Perhaps that has created a lull in between the end of the air-freighting, while we wait for the sea shipping to catch up? Whereas Microsoft maybe didn't do as much (if any?) holiday 2021 air-freighting, so is maintaining more consistent delivery?

This MAY be reflective of reduced production, but it could just as easily be related to shipping lead-times instead and have nothing to do with production.

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KLAMarine (on 07 February 2022)

Why can't Sony make more PS5s?

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aTokenYeti KLAMarine (on 07 February 2022)

Materials shortages globally. The PS5 is a large and powerful console. The Xbox Series X is presumably also suffering immensely from the same shortage. Would not be surprised if the vast bulk of those Xbox sales are the Series S.


The parts shortage ended up being much worse than even industry analysts expected. It’s not Sony’s fault, and there isn’t much they can do in the short term

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Trentonater aTokenYeti (on 07 February 2022)

A parts shortage only exists for theautomotive industry. And only because they assumed demand would go down instead of shoot through the roof so they cut down their orders significantly. So they have a massive backlog. With game consoles it is the simple matter of it taking time for production to ramp up and in this early stage very vulnerable to delays. Not a hard cap on their capabilities.

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victor83fernandes Trentonater (on 07 February 2022)

So by your logic I can go out now and easily purchase a 3080 for my PC, which I have been waiting to do for a full year, I have had the cash waiting. Please let me know where I can buy it.

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scrapking Trentonater (on 07 February 2022)

Widespread semi-conductor shortages have been reported by a great many industries, not just the auto industry.

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victor83fernandes KLAMarine (on 07 February 2022)

You really do not know why? Where have you been for the past 2 years? Its been talked about in the tech and gaming and general news every single day for the past 2 years.

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KLAMarine victor83fernandes (on 07 February 2022)

I had a suspicion it was about components or something. Just looking for confirmation.

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jvmkdg (on 07 February 2022)

Sony said it would ship 22.6 million PS5s by the end of March. I don't understand why the ps5 is so low on the ps4

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trunkswd jvmkdg (on 07 February 2022)

Sony lowered their forecast and only expected to ship 2 million PS5s this quarter to bring shipment totals to 19.3M.

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Mars2001 jvmkdg (on 07 February 2022)

17.2 Μ until 31/12/2021 and sony said only 2 M extra about March.Its over.Next year.19.2M Total.

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victor83fernandes jvmkdg (on 07 February 2022)

Funny, you were able to know sony's prediction, but you do not know whats going on with the chip shortage. Makes no sense to me how you can at the same time follow the news and also not follow them.

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jvmkdg (on 07 February 2022)

what a tragedy the ps5 won't even reach 25 million this year. the ps5 will be the new ps3, ps4 will be the last sony console to exceed 100 million.

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Kakadu18 jvmkdg (on 07 February 2022)

Don't get ahead of yourself. There's still years ahead and even if the PS5 ends up below 100mil, the PS6 can do it.

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ShadowLink93 jvmkdg (on 07 February 2022)

Yes it will. It's currently at 17.3m so it needs just 7.7m in 2022 to reach 25m, even with supply problems that will be very easy.

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victor83fernandes jvmkdg (on 07 February 2022)

PS3 numbers were fantastic, what are you talking about. 80 million is great for a console. For comparison xbox one had about 50-60 million, xbox 360 had about 80 million, gamecube and xbox had about 24 million, wiiU had 14 million.
But the shortage of chips will be over by 2023, so the ps3 will reach 100 million in the end. And with the fast ssd and good processor, I believe thee new consoles have longer legs than previous generation where they were already severely outdated by the PC. The processors on the ps4 and xbox one were at least 10 years outdated when they launched, so were the hard drives.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 07 February 2022)

The chip shortage may be over at the wholesale level by 2023, but likely not a retail. If and when they finally catch up on chip production, there will then be significant delays while systems get manufactured, and then further delays while they get shipped around the world to stores. My prediction is that things will finally start to really get caught up in late summer 2023 at the earliest, but at that point demand will be shifting into high gear for the holiday selling season and things will get scarce again. So I predict that it will be spring 2024 at the earliest before you can easily buy whatever game console you want.

BTW, grammatically, "by 2023" means prior to 2023, meaning the end of 2022 at the latest. Is that what you meant, or did you mean sometime during 2023?

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 07 February 2022)

grammatically, by 2023 means up to 2023, so anywhere up to 31 December 2023.
There will be consoles available by early 2023 I believe. Things will pick up from the end of 2022.

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eddy7eddy victor83fernandes (on 08 February 2022)

"By," along with a time element, generally means "up to that point," "until," "no later than"; however, in common usage when including a year or a day, it can be taken to mean up to and including that date.

I needed to know so I look for it haha.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 08 February 2022)

If you say you "need it by Thursday", you need it by the end of the day Wednesday. If you need it by the end of the day Thursday, you should say that you "need it by or on Thursday".

I didn't ask to be a grammarian, however, I asked out a genuine desire to be certain what you intended, and now I know, and that's good enough for me. Thank you for the clarification.

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Livewitharya victor83fernandes (on 08 February 2022)

True, by 2024 there are at least 2 new chip foundries coming. Intel, TSMC and Samsung started investing into this back in 2020. So the production is going to increase by a huge margin.

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