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PS5 Best-Seller as Sales Jump 370% - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for February 2023

PS5 Best-Seller as Sales Jump 370% - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for February 2023 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 April 2023 / 10,240 Views

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console worldwide with 1,768,310 units sold for February 2023, according to VGChartz estimates. The PlayStation 5 has now sold an estimated 33.54 million units lifetime worldwide.

The Nintendo Switch sold an estimated 947,953 units to bring its lifetime sales to 122.77 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 527,435 units to bring their lifetime sales to 20.86 million units. The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 17,210 units to bring its lifetime sales to 117.00 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same month for the PS4 in 2016 are up by nearly 769,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same month for the Xbox One are up by over 113,000 units. PS4 sold 999,757 units for the month of February 2016 and Xbox One sales were at 413,981 units.

PlayStation 5 sales compared to the same month a year ago are up by 1,391,843 (+369.7%). Nintendo Switch sales are down by 428,473 units (-31.1%) and Xbox Series X|S sales are down by 2,014 units (-0.4%). The PlayStation 4 is down 24,325 units (-58.6%) year-over-year.

Looking at sales month-on-month, the PlayStation 5 sales are up by over 509,000 units, Xbox Series X|S sales are up by nearly 67,000 units, and Nintendo Switch sales are down by nearly 187,000 units.

2023 year-to-date, the PlayStation 5 has sold an estimated 3.03 million units, the Nintendo Switch has sold 2.08 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S has sold 0.99 million units.

Check out the breakdown of the Americas sales here, the Europe sales here, and the Japan sales here.

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

Monthly Sales:

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

  1. PlayStation 5 - 1,768,310 (33,536,456)
  2. Switch - 947,953 (122,769,661)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 527,435 (20,855,929)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 17,210 (117,001,064)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates for February 2023:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 652,210
  2. Switch - 380,077
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 317,633
  4. PlayStation 4 - 3,609
Europe hardware estimates for February 2023:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 426,336
  2. Switch - 195,507
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 117,314 
  4. PlayStation 4 - 6,237 
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates for February 2023:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 622,632
  2. Switch - 338,334
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 63,880
  4. PlayStation 4 - 7,169
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates for February 2023:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 67,132
  2. Switch - 34,035
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 28,608
  4. PlayStation 4 - 195

Weekly Sales:

Global February 4, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 411,751
  2. Switch - 238,994
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 132,911
  4. PlayStation 4 - 3,715

Global February 11, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 504,969
  2. Switch - 238,126
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 140,932
  4. PlayStation 4 - 5,371

Global February 18, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 444,290
  2. Switch - 227,837
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 131,053
  4. PlayStation 4 - 4,261

Global February 25, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 407,300
  2. Switch - 242,996
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 122,539
  4. PlayStation 4 - 3,863

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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Qwark (on 31 March 2023)

PS5 and Switch did rather well. Selling over 1.75 milion in a non holiday month is absolutely massive. PS5 already sold more than 3 million units this year. They might be able to meet or at least come close to the big shipment targets they set out for themselves.

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2zosteven (on 31 March 2023)

Sony shareholders happy! Microsoft should be disappointed and worried here, The series S/X are great systems, needs something to sell more systems.

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MastermindPT 2zosteven (on 01 April 2023)

Yes, they need... GAMES!!!, wich are the only purpose to buy a gaming console.

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MastermindPT (on 01 April 2023)

I was right PS5 was not selling so much, just because of stock shortage, finaly last month I saw for the first time one PS5 on display (inside an acrilyc shield) on a famous retail shop, here in Portugal. Now PS5 is selling 4x more than XBox X in America and also worldwide, it's even surpassing Switch.

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jvmkdg (on 31 March 2023)

Considering that March will count 5 weeks I believe that the ps5 will reach 2 million in March. We'll know more precisely when Sony releases its fiscal year report.

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Shadowweegee jvmkdg (on 31 March 2023)

Not ifJapan is any indication. They went from 367k PS5s sold in February to more like 240k in March at the very optimistic end and probably closer to 225-230k even with the extra 3 days as compared to February.

Entirely possible it’s a localized phenomenon, but that’s still 120k+ units that have to be made up just to match February worldwide.

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Zippy6 Shadowweegee (on 01 April 2023)

240k isn't very optimistic. First 4 weeks of March from Famitsu are already at 223k, so 240k would need sales to drop over 50% for the final week of March.

Current indications suggest March sales in the USA may be higher than February sales the large drop in Japan is not going to be replicated in the other regions. That being said 2m might be a little optimistic but March can match February WW.

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CloudxTifa (on 01 April 2023)

PS5 doing what we expect from a PlayStation.

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loy310 (on 31 March 2023)

Jim Ryan needs to go😂

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BINARYGOD loy310 (on 31 March 2023)

if your a stock holder, nope - if your a sony fan who has claimed to care about certain things and werent lying - perhaps he should.

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Chicho (on 31 March 2023)

Xbox Serie X|S Just Surpassed the Master System:

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MastermindPT Chicho (on 01 April 2023)

That is an amazing acomplishement for a console that have only a few exclusive games.

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AJNShelton (on 31 March 2023)

Xbox still down YoY, quickrick was right

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BINARYGOD AJNShelton (on 31 March 2023)

You sure about that? I think what they said and whats really going on here are not actually realted, perhaps not at all. When ABK is considered finalized and vamp-game and skyrim-in-space are out - thats gonna have to move some consoles (you would assume).

PS - GP can get only get you so far (farther than anyone likely guess) - but they need games and ABK to close.

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AJNShelton BINARYGOD (on 31 March 2023)

Who are "they" in this context ?

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Zeruda-Hime (on 03 April 2023)

It's ps5 time but Switch is still fighting.

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Zeruda-Hime (on 03 April 2023)

It's ps5 time but Switch is still fighting.'

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Zeruda-Hime (on 03 April 2023)

It's ps5 time but Switch is still fighting.'

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BINARYGOD (on 31 March 2023)

Sony's Asian sales are somewhat surprising, and its where they lead MS the most - 60k to 600k - I would have thought that Europe would be where the biggest difference is, but I guess Japan, etc. do like their non-mobile console after all. That said, I never paid attention to how ps4 did over there, so heraps its all very non surprising - I just felt from omosis of random info and opinion that Switch owned the island and home consoles were kind of dead-ish. color me surprised - color me jack.

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siebensus4 (on 31 March 2023)

Sales over 400k weekly are outstanding. Looking at Japan, PS5 won't be able to sell at this level in March. Switch still stays above 200k. I still believe that we will see weeks in which Switch will drop below 200k this year.

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