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PS5 Sales Top 10M As Sales Jump 338% - Europe Hardware Estimates for February 2023

PS5 Sales Top 10M As Sales Jump 338% - Europe Hardware Estimates for February 2023 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 March 2023 / 10,420 Views

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in Europe with 426,336 units sold for February 2023, according to VGChartz estimates. The PlayStation 5 has now sold an estimated 10.26 million units lifetime in Europe.

The Nintendo Switch sold an estimated 195,507 units to bring its lifetime sales to 31.27 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 117,314 units to bring their lifetime sales to 5.61 million units. The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 6,237 units to bring its lifetime sales to 45.83 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same month for the PS4 in 2016 are up by over 59,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same month for the Xbox One are up by nearly 19,000 units. PS4 sold 367,248 units for the month of February 2016 and Xbox One sales were at 98,325 units.

PlayStation 5 sales compared to the same month a year ago are up by 328,947 (337.8%). Nintendo Switch sales are down by 69,621 units (-26.3%) and Xbox Series X|S sales are up by 13,896 units (13.4%). The PlayStation 4 is down 1,145 units (-15.5%) year-over-year.

Looking at sales month-on-month, the PlayStation 5 sales are up by over 18,000 units, Nintendo Switch sales are down by nearly 134,000 units, and Xbox Series X|S sales are down by over 13,000 units.

2023 year-to-date, the PlayStation 5 has sold an estimated 0.83 million units, the Nintendo Switch has sold 0.53 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S has sold 0.22 million units.

VGChartz Japan Hardware Estimates - PS5, PlayStation 5, Xbox, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch

Monthly Sales:

Europe hardware estimates for February 2023 (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. PlayStation 5 - 426,336 (10,256,247)
  2. Switch - 195,507 (31,268,026)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 117,314 (5,612,705)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 6,237 (45,826,394)

Weekly Sales:

Europe February 4, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 97,349
  2. Switch - 50,638
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 25,548
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,221

Europe February 11, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 132,523
  2. Switch - 48,747
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 34,487
  4. PlayStation 4 - 2,709

Europe February 18, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 103,343
  2. Switch - 48,193
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 28,219
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,306

Europe February 25, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 93,121
  2. Switch - 47,929
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 29,060
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,001

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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16 Comments
Blood_Tears (on 14 March 2023)

Awesome PS5 sales for last month, looking forward to seeing the shipment data for this quarter.

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jvmkdg (on 14 March 2023)

the numbers seem low to me considering that Japan alone has sold over 300,000 and Europe should have more than 30 countries

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Kakadu18 jvmkdg (on 15 March 2023)

Japan is the country with the biggest number of gamers per capita in the world. A huge percentage of Japan's population plays video games. Also relatively speaking the PS5 is up more in Japan having surpassed the PS4 launch aligned in Japan but afaik not in Europe, at least yet.

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trunkswd Kakadu18 (on 15 March 2023)

Europe is where PS5 is tracking the furthest behind the PS4 as Sony put more focus on the US and Japan.

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smroadkill15 (on 15 March 2023)

Is the Series X under shipped in Europe? It seems like it might be, but I'm not sure.

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trunkswd smroadkill15 (on 15 March 2023)

It is also under shipped in the US. Stock for the Series X has not been good. Especially when you compare it to how PS5 stock has improved greatly on the last few months.

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CosmicSex (on 14 March 2023)

Thanks for your great work as always.

Numbers seem too low for PS5. Or maybe I'm misunderstanding how GI got aover 400% increase and you got 338%

They don't include UK or Germany. If you are including those regions I can understand a discrepancy in %s. Still I highly doubt that that Europe could only muster less than 100k more than Japan. My intuition tells me we are off.

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Mars2001 (on 14 March 2023)

About VR 2?Floped?

  • -9
Qwark Mars2001 (on 14 March 2023)

Considering Sony has stated there is a good chance it will outsell PSVR 1 I seriously doubt that. PSVR 1 is one of the most successful VR headsets on the market after all.

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trunkswd Mars2001 (on 14 March 2023)

It is only sold directly through Sony, so it is up to them if they want to share sales data for the PS VR2.

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Mars2001 trunkswd (on 14 March 2023)

Yes i understand but i see Japan and some EU countries that VR2 numbers are very low in first week and in second week not exist

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CosmicSex Mars2001 (on 14 March 2023)

I haven't seen data anywhere yet. But most likely we will get an update late April or early May when they go over their fiscal results.

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Kakadu18 CosmicSex (on 15 March 2023)

We got numbers from Spain and only Spain. And the second week number while low do in fact exist.

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CloudxTifa Mars2001 (on 14 March 2023)

You wish.

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Garrus Mars2001 (on 14 March 2023)

i don't know, it looks like a crazy high quality product compared to the first VR1 product, should sell better regardless of price

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