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[Update] Switch Sales Top 120M, PS5 Sales Top 30M - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 18-24

[Update] Switch Sales Top 120M, PS5 Sales Top 30M - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 18-24 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 January 2023 / 13,598 Views

    The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 920,878 units sold for the week ending December 24, 2022, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 120.46 million units lifetime.

    The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 704,030 units to bring its lifetime sales to 30.24 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 480,858 units to bring their lifetime sales to 20.56 million units.

    PS5 sales compared to the same week for the PS4 in 2015 are down by nearly 382,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same week for the Xbox One are down by over 152,000 units. PS4 sold 1,085,584 units for the week ending December 26, 2015 and Xbox One sales were at 632,876 units.

    The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 6,548 units, while the Xbox One sold 123 units.

    PlayStation 5 sales compared to the same week a year ago are up by 171,912 (32.3%), while Xbox Series X|S sales are up by 44,125 units (10.1%) and Nintendo Switch sales are down by 115,146 units (-11.1%).

    The PlayStation 4 is down 18,503 units (-73.9%) year-over-year and the Xbox One is down 1,555 units (-92.7%).

    Looking at sales week-on-week, the PlayStation 5 sales are up by over 8,000 units, Xbox Series X|S sales are up by over 43,000 units, and Nintendo Switch sales are up by nearly 4,000 units.

    2022 year-to-date, the Nintendo Switch has sold an estimated 19.04 million units, the PlayStation 5 has sold 13.26 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S has sold 9.50 million units.

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

    Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

    1. Switch - 920,878 (120,460,773)
    2. PlayStation 5 - 704,030 (30,244,110)
    3. Xbox Series X|S - 480,858 (20,564,602)
    4. PlayStation 4 - 6,548 (117,052,378)
    5. Xbox One - 123 (51,279,247)
    Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
    1. Switch - 370,621
    2. PlayStation 5 - 376,407
    3. Xbox Series X|S - 316,032
    4. PlayStation 4 - 1,907
    5. Xbox One - 75
    Europe hardware estimates:
    1. Switch - 269,324
    2. PlayStation 5 - 174,875
    3. Xbox Series X|S - 114,587
    4. PlayStation 4 - 1,187
    5. Xbox One - 33
    Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
    1. Switch - 245,421
    2. PlayStation 5 - 119,014
    3. Xbox Series X|S - 19,063
    4. PlayStation 4 - 3,277
    5. Xbox One - 6
    Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
    1. Switch - 35,512
    2. PlayStation 5 - 33,734
    3. Xbox Series X|S - 31,176
    4. PlayStation 4 - 177
    5. Xbox One - 9

    VGChartz Methodology: Hardware estimates are based on retail sampling and trends in individual countries, which are then extrapolated to represent the wider region. This typically allows us to produce figures that end up being within 10% of the actual totals.

    This data is regularly compared against official shipment figures released by the console manufacturers and figures estimated by regional trackers with greater market coverage than ourselves. We then update our own estimates to bring them into line with those figures. This can result in frequent changes often within a short space of time, but we feel it's important to prioritise accuracy over consistency.

    Note that our estimates are based on sell-through data (units sold to consumers). In almost all cases the figures released by console manufacturers are based on shipment data (sell-in), where as soon as a device has left the factory and entered the supply chain for delivery it is considered a sale. This is why there is always a difference between the companies’ figures (sell-in) and VGChartz estimates (sell-through), even after we’ve made adjustments. The one exception to that is when a console has been discontinued and the remaining stock has finally sold out – at that point the figures will match.

    Update: Article updated with latest adjustments.

    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 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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    CourageTCD (on 19 January 2023)

    120 millions for the Switch before the end of the year. Great!

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    SanAndreasX (on 19 January 2023)

    Switch still in beast mode.

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    AJNShelton (on 19 January 2023)


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    xMetroid (on 19 January 2023)

    120 millions, huge. Now that we are looking at a successor probably in a year or 2, it all depends on how aggressive Nintendo wants to be. They can let the Switch die and it could end up at around 140 millions. If they want to push it more, it could end up at around 150 millions. I doubt it will reach DS and PS2 anymore, but it will sit pretty nice at the top with these legendary consoles. We thought no console could reach those highs again but eh, never doubt Nintendo.

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    SanAndreasX xMetroid (on 19 January 2023)

    Switch is definitely a legendary system at this point, and it deserves it. So many wonderful games on it. Never thought I would get this excited about video gaming again since my interest was waning by the end of the PS3/360/Wii era

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    SvenTheTurkey xMetroid (on 21 January 2023)

    At the least, it will end at a number not easily topped. 140-145 million is pretty much a guarantee I would think.

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    DeEscapist (on 19 January 2023)

    Great result for Xbox without one AAA ex since.. One year. Wow. Just wow.

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    darthv72 (on 19 January 2023)

    It's looking like 3rd year is the charm. Supply issues are declining, game output is improving.
    Starting 2023 off with 121m NS, 30m PS and 21m XB should make for some interesting months ahead.

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    siebensus4 (on 19 January 2023)

    So in the calendar year 2022 Switch will miss 20M. Still awesome numbers for a console's 6th year.

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    jvmkdg (on 19 January 2023)

    find it kinda hard the ps5 have sold on christmas week less than the week before

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    super_etecoon jvmkdg (on 19 January 2023)

    Sony can only ship so many units for the holiday period. Any parent buying a PS5 for their kid isn't going to wait until the last minute to get one, knowing how scarce they are. I'm actually surprised there was any stock at all that week. Don't worry, 2023 is going to be a banner year for Sony as they get their production more in line with demand.

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