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PS5 Best-Selling Console As Sales Jump Over 300% - Americas Hardware Estimates for February 2023

PS5 Best-Selling Console As Sales Jump Over 300% - Americas Hardware Estimates for February 2023 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 April 2023 / 7,167 Views

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in the Americas (USA, Canada, & Latin America) with 652,210 units sold for February 2023, according to VGChartz estimates. The PlayStation 5 has now sold an estimated 15.26 million units lifetime in the Americas.

The Nintendo Switch sold an estimated 380,077 units to bring its lifetime sales to 47.50 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 317,633 units to bring their lifetime sales to 12.12 million units. The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 3,609 units to bring its lifetime sales to 41.56 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same month for the PS4 in 2016 are up by nearly 217,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same month for the Xbox One are up by over 33,000 units. PS4 sold 435,406 units for the month of February 2016 and Xbox One sales were at 284,487 units.

PlayStation 5 sales compared to the same month a year ago are up by 494,665 (314.0%). Nintendo Switch sales are up down by 148,393 units (-28.1%) and Xbox Series X|S sales are down by 13,138 units (-4.0%). The PlayStation 4 is down 18,540 units (-83.7%) year-over-year.

Looking at sales month-on-month, the PlayStation 5 sales are up by over 158,000 units, Nintendo Switch sales are up by over 48,000 units, and Xbox Series X|S sales are up by over 8,000 units. 

2023 year-to-date, the PlayStation 5 has sold an estimated 1.15 million units, the Nintendo Switch has sold 0.71 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S has sold 0.63 million units.

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

Monthly Sales:

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

  1. PlayStation 5 - 652,210 (15,261,227)
  2. Switch - 380,077 (47,498,671)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 317,633 (12,118,196)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 3,609 (41,560,332)

USA hardware estimates for February 2023:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 550,107
  2. Switch - 320,071
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 265,228
  4. PlayStation 4 - 3,176

Weekly Sales:

February 4, 2023 hardware estimates:


  1. PlayStation 5 - 142,226
  2. Switch - 93,768
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 73,943
  4. PlayStation 4 - 957


  1. PlayStation 5 - 120,152
  2. Switch - 78,729
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 61,721
  4. PlayStation 4 - 847

February 11, 2023 hardware estimates:


  1. PlayStation 5 - 192,143
  2. Switch - 96,753
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 84,593
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,049


  1. PlayStation 5 - 161,688
  2. Switch - 81,745
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 70,628
  4. PlayStation 4 - 924

February 18, 2023 hardware estimates:


  1. PlayStation 5 - 171,321
  2. Switch - 93,423
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 79,836
  4. PlayStation 4 - 874


  1. PlayStation 5 - 144,518
  2. Switch - 78,621
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 66,755
  4. PlayStation 4 - 771

February 25, 2023 hardware estimates:


  1. PlayStation 5 - 146,520
  2. Switch - 96,133
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 79,261
  4. PlayStation 4 - 729


  1. PlayStation 5 - 123,749
  2. Switch - 80,976
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 66,124
  4. PlayStation 4 - 634

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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Brimac19 (on 29 March 2023)

How dare Sony put out a console and games that gamer’s actually want and buy!!! Congressmen put an end to this travesty!!!🤣

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Qwark Brimac19 (on 29 March 2023)

They should ban companies from buying and selling the PlayStation 5 in USA and make Japan and other allies do the same ;) as it's harming America.

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SanAndreasX Qwark (on 29 March 2023)

Pass a law subsidizing the Xbox at 100%. Give the Xbox away with every tax return.

But what about Nintendo? They're also outselling the Xbox. But their US HQ are also based in Washington, so they're constituents of these members of Congress. What to do, what to do.

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Torpoleon SanAndreasX (on 29 March 2023)

Nintendo's US headquarters is in Washington State, not Washington, D.C.

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CosmicSex Torpoleon (on 29 March 2023)

Microsoft and Nintendo are both headquartered in Washington state in the US...

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SanAndreasX Torpoleon (on 30 March 2023)

Just like Microsoft. And most of the Representatives and the Senator involved in Microsoft's little trip to twist the arms of the Japanese government represent Washington in Congress.

  • 0
NoLimitVito Brimac19 (on 29 March 2023)

Its unfair! poor american trillion dollar company we need to let them buy GTA too so they can compete!

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Blood_Tears (on 29 March 2023)

11 US Congressmen are on the phone crying to Biden right now over these results.

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xgamerx Blood_Tears (on 29 March 2023)

why?? given the piss poor output from MS first party so far this gen these are decent numbers. Every series x that is made is sold fairly quickly. There is nothing to cry about. but obviously playstation is the dominant system

  • +2
Qwark xgamerx (on 30 March 2023)

Because Microsoft is an American company and Sony is not

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mjk45 Qwark (on 30 March 2023)

But but all I hear especially on here is how PlayStation has become American since they moved their headquarters, can some one quickly check whether the citizen paper work went through😊

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Zippy6 (on 29 March 2023)

Small error. "Looking at sales month-on-month, the PlayStation 5 sales are down by over 158,000 units" should be up not down.

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siebensus4 Zippy6 (on 29 March 2023)

Also "Nintendo Switch sales are up down by 148,393 units"

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2zosteven (on 29 March 2023)

amazing what inventory can do

  • +5
loy310 (on 29 March 2023)

People saying Jim Ryan is bad for PlayStation needs to get their heads checked.

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mjk45 loy310 (on 30 March 2023)

The product is great but the present success was built off the back of the PS4 along with MS's inability to compete rather than off the back of Ryan's tenure as CEO having said that PS5's success does strengthen his position even though he is divisive and has had to walk back on some statements during his tenure, but that doesn't mean that its all just external noise, those gaffs are noticed internally at Sony by those involved in boardroom politics and lets not forget that Jim himself arrived at this position after Shawn Layden and Kodera oversaw the PS4's success.

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Garrus (on 29 March 2023)

In dollar terms the Xbox and the PS5 are both outselling Switch.

PlayStation 5 sales up 314.0%. Nintendo Switch sales are down by 28.1%. Finally.

Next gen has arrived, it took 3 years, but it is finally happening.

  • -2
Zeruda-Hime Garrus (on 29 March 2023)

I don't think Nintendo Switch is expensive for Nintendo like xbox and ps5 are for microsoft and sony.👀

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Manlytears Zeruda-Hime (on 29 March 2023)

Series X/S likely sold at a loss.
PS5 breaks even, or at very small profit.
Switch, like most Nintendo products, a exemple of how to profit and exploit users to the maximum.

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