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NS Sells 121M, PS5 Sales Up 36% Year-on-Year - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 25-31

NS Sells 121M, PS5 Sales Up 36% Year-on-Year - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 25-31 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 25 January 2023 / 7,805 Views

    The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 542,735 units sold for the week ending December 31, 2022, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 121.00 million units lifetime.

    The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 382,561 units to bring its lifetime sales to 30.63 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 211,634 units to bring their lifetime sales to 20.36 million units.

    PS5 sales compared to the same week for the PS4 in 2015 are down by over 145,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same week for the Xbox One are down by nearly 20,000 units. PS4 sold 527,627 units for the week ending January 2, 2016 and Xbox One sales were at 231,148 units.

    The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 4,609 units, while the Xbox One sold 87 units.

    PlayStation 5 sales compared to the same week a year ago are up by 53,497 (36.3%), while Xbox Series X|S sales are essentially flat with sales up just 48 units (0.02%) and Nintendo Switch sales are down by 35,183 units (-6.1%).

    The PlayStation 4 is down 14,195 units (-75.5%) year-over-year and the Xbox One is down 1,516 units (-94.6%).

    Looking at sales week-on-week, the PlayStation 5 sales are down by over 321,000 units, Xbox Series X|S sales are down by nearly 259,000 units, and Nintendo Switch sales are down by over 378,000 units.

    2022 year-to-date, the Nintendo Switch has sold an estimated 19.59 million units, the PlayStation 5 has sold 13.64 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S has sold 9.29 million units.

    This is the final week VGChartz will be tracking Xbox One estimates. PlayStation 4 estimates will continue in 2023.

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

    Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

    1. Switch - 542,735 (121,003,508)
    2. PlayStation 5 - 382,561 (30,626,671)
    3. Xbox Series X|S - 211,634 (20,361,136)
    4. PlayStation 4 - 4,609 (117,056,987)
    5. Xbox One - 87 (51,279,334)
    Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
    1. Switch - 153,753
    2. PlayStation 5 - 147,872
    3. Xbox Series X|S - 119,842
    4. PlayStation 4 - 1,131
    5. Xbox One - 50
    Europe hardware estimates:
    1. Switch - 130,261
    2. PlayStation 5 - 99,109
    3. Xbox Series X|S - 63,459
    4. PlayStation 4 - 585
    5. Xbox One - 28
    Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
    1. Switch - 240,476
    2. PlayStation 5 - 118,327
    3. Xbox Series X|S - 16,351
    4. PlayStation 4 - 2,831
    5. Xbox One - 4
    Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
    1. Switch - 18,245
    2. PlayStation 5 - 17,253
    3. Xbox Series X|S - 11,982
    4. PlayStation 4 - 62
    5. Xbox One - 5

    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.


    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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    13 Comments
    CourageTCD (on 25 January 2023)

    Nice. Exactly 121 millions Switches sold by the end of the 2022. If Nintendo keep selling Switch as much as 2022, once it was already announced that it is already increase the Switch's manufacture, imagine if we have another 19 millions Switches sold in 2023. We would have 140 millions Switch sold by the end of 2023

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    2zosteven CourageTCD (on 25 January 2023)

    If nintendo can do 19 million this year i see the ps2 being dethroned

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    xMetroid 2zosteven (on 25 January 2023)

    Yea i mean, if the bloomberg rumor is true, which i'm sure they are on needles to make sure their stuff is right now since they got bit in the ass a few times with the revisions, then Nintendo would produce more Switch in the next FY than this one. If they sell for around 19-20 millions this FY and probably get to 124-125 by the end of March 2023, then add another 20 millions to that and it's already at 145 millions. If they let it on the market long enough it can maybe still get a 13 millions out of it's tank. It will be a close call, but it's still possible.

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    xMetroid (on 25 January 2023)

    So Switch was just shy of 20 millions in it's sixth year. Pretty fantastic results if you ask me

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    jvmkdg (on 25 January 2023)

    if in February someone said that the ps5 would end the year above 30 million I would call it crazy. I hope 2023 will be a good year for the ps5 with the stock finally being normalized. My guess is that the ps5 ends 2023 with 50 million units shipped.

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    Blood_Tears (on 25 January 2023)

    Sony put a nice little bow on the year for PS5 and seems to have got the shortages for the most part under control with the lead over Series S/X now over 10M and counting. 2023 is going to be a great year for them.

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    scrapking (on 27 January 2023)

    Xbox One production ended about three ago, I'm surprised there are any remaining in the channel!

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    Amnesia (on 25 January 2023)

    Only 6% drop for the Switch from last year?

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    Signalstar (on 25 January 2023)

    There's an error. Apparently Xbox One sold more in the Americas than it did worldwide.

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    trunkswd Signalstar (on 25 January 2023)

    Thanks for pointing that out. I've fixed the error.

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    CourageTCD Signalstar (on 25 January 2023)

    It was a nice way of Xbox One to say good bye to VGChartz

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    Slownenberg Signalstar (on 25 January 2023)

    That's just how strong a market the Americas are for Xbox lol

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    CosmicSex Signalstar (on 27 January 2023)

    That's the meaning of globally in the US! 😂

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