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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Month 29

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Month 29 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 22 April 2023 / 17,810 Views

This monthly series compares the aligned launch sales of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.

It should be noted the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S had a worldwide launch, while the PlayStation 5 launch was split over the course of two weeks. Also, the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017, while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S launched during the holidays in November 2020.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Month 29

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Global:

  1. Switch: 36,250,044
  2. PS5: 35,804,643
  3. XSX|S: 21,351,543

Through the first 29 months available worldwide the Nintendo Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 0.45 million units units and is 14.90 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 14.45 million units.

The Switch has sold 36.25 million in 29 months worldwide, while the PS5 sold 35.80 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 21.35 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 29 months, the Switch is in the lead. The Switch has a 38.8 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 38.3 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 22.9 percent.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Month 29

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch US:

  1. PS5: 13,632,464
  2. Switch: 12,522,147
  3. XSX|S: 10,445,738

Through the first 29 months available in the US the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.11 million units and is 3.19 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 2.08 million units.

The PS5 has sold 13.63 million in 29 months in the US, while the Switch sold 12.52 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 10.45 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 29 months, the PS5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 37.3 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 34.2 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 28.5 percent.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Month 29

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe:

  1. PS5: 10,927,702
  2. Switch: 9,351,421
  3. XSX|S: 5,741,588

Through the first 29 months available in Europe the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 1.58 million units and is 5.19 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 3.61 million units.

The PS5 has sold 10.93 million in 29 months in Europe, while the Switch sold 9.35 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 5.74 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 29 months, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 42.0 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 35.9 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 22.1 percent.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Month 29

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Japan:

  1. Switch: 8,669,433
  2. PS5: 3,237,213
  3. XSX|S: 438,118

Through the first 29 months available in Japan the Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S by a wide margin. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 5.43 million units and is 8.23 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 2.80 million units.

The Switch has sold 8.67 million units in 29 months in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 3.24 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.44 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 29 months, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 70.2 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 26.2 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 3.6 percent.


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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10 Comments
manmenmi (on 23 April 2023)

Considering that the $299 Series S accounts for half of the sales, it looks worse than the Xbox one generation

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BINARYGOD manmenmi (on 26 April 2023)

Which makes no sense since the Series are handly beating that console gen. If you mean comparingly, ok, but Sony is also kicking their previous generations butts.

And for MS, the lesson is they can get about a year with GP hits being the thing to ride on, but they need more because that will only work for so long.

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Zeltaz13 (on 22 April 2023)

Didn't think ps5 catching up to the Switch would happen so soon

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billyboy Zeltaz13 (on 23 April 2023)

I'm not sure why you are surprised that on a launch aligned chart it "caught up" didn't it start out ahead and then fall behind when the switch had their holiday then get the lead again when PS5 had its holiday. I mean you can clearly see it in the chart above. In fact the PS5 sales look about the same as the ps4 sales total did at this point so there is nothing surprising here

The switch didn't really take off until month 36 when COVID hit and until then it just performed ok.

I would honestly like to see more PS4 vs PS5 charts across regions to see if the brand has actually grown any between generations as I feel this is a bigger indicator of the console gaming market as a whole.

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Kakadu18 billyboy (on 23 April 2023)

The PS4 only fell behind the Switch again after the Switch's holiday season and then surpassed it again with it's own. The PS5 dipped below the Switch much earlier and only now is catching up again. That's why the PS5 sales trajectory does not look about the same as the PS4's.
The 2019 holiday season of the Switch was not just "ok". It was over 10mil. That was already amazing.

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AJNShelton billyboy (on 24 April 2023)

I think he's surprised cause catching up with the light-supply shorted Switch compared to the heavy-supplied shorted PS5 is quite a feat

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Kakadu18 AJNShelton (on 24 April 2023)

The PS5 isn't heavily supply constrained anymore. In most places you can find it easily.

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AJNShelton Kakadu18 (on 24 April 2023)

Neither is the Switch, but at the starting point, it was harder (until December/January) to get a PS5, and yet in March it managed to catch up with the Switch once vastly available.

Like starting the race with an injured ankle but manage to catch up with the one in the front once your ankle recovered.

Of course in real life, that's not how the body works

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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 23 April 2023)

Wow, very sharp increase for the PS5 from month 24? I did not think it would catch up to the switch so quickly after stock shortages were resolved.

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xMetroid (on 24 April 2023)

Switch hitting it's next holiday season soon. PS5 has to have a great year in 2023 or else it won't catch up once Switch hits the pandemic craze and sells 28 millions in a year.

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