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Switch Sales Top 29M, PS5 Sales Up 185% - Japan Hardware Estimates for April 2023

Switch Sales Top 29M, PS5 Sales Up 185% - Japan Hardware Estimates for April 2023 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 May 2023 / 8,311 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in Japan with 313,379 units sold for April 2023, according to VGChartz estimates. The Nintendo Switch has now sold an estimated 29.02 million units lifetime in Japan.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 192,006 units to bring its lifetime sales to 3.43 million units. The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 4,437 units to bring its lifetime sales to 9.62 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 2,496 units to bring their lifetime sales to 0.44 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same month for the PS4 in 2016 are up by over 99,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same month for the Xbox One are up by nearly 2,000 units. PS4 sold 92,710 units for the month of April 2016 and Xbox One sales were at 517 units.

PlayStation 5 sales compared to the same month a year ago are up by 124,703 (185.3%). Nintendo Switch sales are up by 14,557 units (4.9%) and Xbox Series X|S sales are down by 21,275 units (-89.5%). The PlayStation 4 is up 4,348 units (4,885.4%) year-over-year.

Looking at sales month-on-month, Nintendo Switch sales are down by over 26,000 units, the PlayStation 5 sales are down by over 65,000 units, and Xbox Series X|S sales are down by nearly 3,000 units. It should be noted April has four weeks, while the previous month, March, had five weeks.

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

Monthly Sales:

Japan hardware estimates for April 2023 (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 313,379 (29,022,114)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 192,006 (3,429,219)
  3. PlayStation 4 - 4,437 (9,618,740)
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 2,496 (440,614)

Weekly Sales:

Japan April 8, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 52,518
  2. PlayStation 5 - 46,214
  3. PlayStation 4 - 1,203
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 912

Japan April 15, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 48,812
  2. PlayStation 5 - 47,053
  3. PlayStation 4 - 1,363
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 292

Japan April 22, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 51,812
  2. PlayStation 5 - 41,763
  3. PlayStation 4 - 794
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 493

Japan April 29, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 160,237
  2. PlayStation 5 - 56,976
  3. PlayStation 4 - 1,077
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 799

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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25 Comments
PAOerfulone (on 11 May 2023)

If not #1 worldwide, the Switch should at least become #1 in Japan. Just ~4 million to go and it's successor is not due for at least another year.

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Kakadu18 jvmkdg (on 11 May 2023)

He's talking about lifetime sales. How is the Switch not going to pass a console that is right now far behind it?

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Mars2001 jvmkdg (on 12 May 2023)

But ps5 has already low World wide numbers.Is the last of all consoles.And in JP floped already.

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Qwark Mars2001 (on 12 May 2023)

PS5 is outselling most other Playstation consoles in Japan how is that flopping. It's the most successful year in Japan for a PS console since 2005 (PS2). If you want to look at flopping in Japan, kook at Microsoft getting outsold by the PS4.

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Mars2001 Qwark (on 13 May 2023)

No.Ps5 is last of all ps consoles in JP.Only 3.5M from 2020

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SanAndreasX Mars2001 (on 12 May 2023)

PS5 is probably the best shot Sony has for a comeback in Japan. PS4 sold significantly worse than PS3 there. PS5 is doing a lot better so far than PS4 did.

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Mars2001 SanAndreasX (on 13 May 2023)

No.Ps5 is in the same level as ps4.But ps4 worse as you tell.But with ps3 sony has 20M psp.But with ps4 has 5.7M psvita.Now only ps5 with only 3.5M from 2020 until now

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SanAndreasX (on 11 May 2023)

Switch still crushing it in Japan.

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CosmicSex (on 12 May 2023)

The Switch sales don't add up to 300k for April when looking at each week. Where are the additional 100k sales coming from in the monthly total?

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trunkswd CosmicSex (on 12 May 2023)

There was a typo with the weekly figures that I've corrected. Monthly figures were fine.

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Kakadu18 (on 12 May 2023)

The Switch topped 29mil in the first wek of May, not in April. Trunkswd, Famitsu reported two weeks combined.

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trunkswd Kakadu18 (on 12 May 2023)

I am aware they reported two weeks combined, so I took that into account. Plus, our estimates don't exactly match Famitsu.

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Kakadu18 trunkswd (on 13 May 2023)

Thanks for the info.

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Mars2001 Kakadu18 (on 13 May 2023)

Switch is about 30.5M first in week of May.Shipped.Look official Nintendo paper please

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Kakadu18 Mars2001 (on 13 May 2023)

You should learn to read. And you should learn the difference between shipped/sold in and sold through.

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Qwark (on 12 May 2023)

The weekly and monthly numbers don't add up 50k times 4 is 200k. PS5 is around 175k.

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trunkswd Qwark (on 12 May 2023)

There was a typo with the weekly figures that I've corrected. Monthly figures were fine.

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Qwark trunkswd (on 12 May 2023)

Fair enough my bad, pretty good numbers all around then

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Mars2001 (on 12 May 2023)

30.5M Already in Japan.In A few months became best ever console surpass GB and DS.Ps5 floped in Japan

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Kakadu18 Mars2001 (on 12 May 2023)

It's not at 30.5mil in Japan.

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Qwark Kakadu18 (on 12 May 2023)

Nor is PS5 flopping in Japan, especially if it keeps up those 40k weeks.

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Mars2001 Qwark (on 13 May 2023)

With 3.5M total from 2020 of course flopping in JP.And with no games in Software Charts.Why dont you tell about software?

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Mars2001 Kakadu18 (on 13 May 2023)

30.5M is correct number.Look Official Nintendos paper.

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Kakadu18 Mars2001 (on 13 May 2023)

No, looking at Nintendo's report, the Switch shipped 29.59mil to Japan as March 31st 2023.

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