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PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - January 2022

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - January 2022 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 March 2022 / 3,294 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 aligned worldwide sales of the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - January 2022

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - January 2022

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison - January 2022

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 25,010 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,133,008 - PS4

Total Lead: 1,226,537 - PS4

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 17,647,187

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 18,873,724

January 2022 is the 15th month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 by 25,010 units and by 1.13 million units in the last 12 months. The PS4 is ahead of the PS5 by 1.23 million units.

The PS5 has sold 17.65 million units in 15 months, while the PS4 sold 18.87 million units. Month 15 for the PS5 is January 2022 and for the PS4 is January 2015.

The PS4 crossed 20 million units in month 17, 30 million units in month 25, and 40 million units in month 31. The PS4 has sold 116.61 million units to date.


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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9 Comments
2zosteven (on 11 February 2022)

should end up about even at the end.

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aTokenYeti 2zosteven (on 11 February 2022)

The duration of the chip shortage will be the deciding factor.

Although, if the chip shortage goes on too much longer I could see this been one of if not the longest console generations in video game history.

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Trentonater aTokenYeti (on 11 February 2022)

All the "chip shortage" lasting longer means is elevated demand for the ps5 is lasting longer, which means there would be absolutely no comparison between the two. I believe covid-induced higher demand for consumer electronics is a permanent shift meaning when production increases there will be more console being made than ever before. That's what you have to understand, ending the chip shortage means keeping up with demand that is higher than ever before.

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Scoopz Trentonater (on 12 February 2022)

You're talking as if thats a given. The chip shortage could and has initially resulted in higher demand as people always want that which is inaccessible, it adds a certain prestige to the PS5 that makes it more desireable. However consumers can be fickle. Hardcore gamers are the ones who drive initial sales and will retain interest throughout the shortage. However its more casual Sony fans that take sales of consoles to crazy heights and its possible that during the shortage the PS5 loses that mystique and they just get over it and lose interest and buy something else. Whether thats an xbox-series-x, upgrading their pc/buying a new one, or just not bothering at all cos theyve shook loose of the hype. So your predictions whilst feasible arent guaranteed as youre making out.

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pikashoe 2zosteven (on 12 February 2022)

I'm not so sure about that, Microsoft is looking a lot better than they did last gen which could lead to the series x taking some of sony's market share.

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siebensus4 (on 12 February 2022)

PS4 sold between 200 and 300k until May. I expect PS5 loses more ground in the next couple of weeks, if Sony isn't able to ship significantly more units for Horizon and Gran Turismo.

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jvmkdg siebensus4 (on 12 February 2022)

not according to old data sony has shipped 22.3 million ps5 as of march 31, 2015.

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jvmkdg (on 12 February 2022)

i've been looking for old data and as of march 2015 sony has shipped 22.3 million ps4. I expect the stock to improve throughout the year

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