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PS5 Best-Selling Console as Jump 121% - Europe Hardware Estimates for April 2023

PS5 Best-Selling Console as Jump 121% - Europe Hardware Estimates for April 2023 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 May 2023 / 6,319 Views

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in Europe with 439,299 units sold for April 2023, according to VGChartz estimates. The PlayStation 5 has now sold an estimated 11.38 million units lifetime in Europe.

The Nintendo Switch sold an estimated 331,947 units to bring its lifetime sales to 31.91 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 92,086 units to bring their lifetime sales to 5.83 million units. The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 3,339 units to bring its lifetime sales to 45.84 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same month for the PS4 in 2016 are up by nearly 131,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same month for the Xbox One are down by nearly 7,000 units. PS4 sold 308,697 units for the month of April 2016 and Xbox One sales were at 98,957 units.

PlayStation 5 sales compared to the same month a year ago are up by 240,514 (121.0%). Nintendo Switch sales are up by 70,274 units (26.9%) and Xbox Series X|S sales are up by 10,285 units (12.6%). The PlayStation 4 is down 3,427 units (-50.7%) year-over-year.

Looking at sales month-on-month, Nintendo Switch sales are up by over 58,000 units, PlayStation 5 sales are down by over 158,000 units, and Xbox Series X|S sales are down by over 41,000 units. It should be noted March is a five week month, while April is a four week month.

2023 year-to-date, the PlayStation 5 has sold an estimated 1.94 million units, the Nintendo Switch has sold 1.15 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S has sold 0.45 million units.

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

Monthly Sales:

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

  1. PlayStation 5 - 439,299 (11,377,001)
  2. Switch - 331,947 (31,910,049)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 92,086 (5,831,674)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 3,339 (45,835,239)

Weekly Sales:

Europe April 8, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 105,200
  2. Switch - 64,715
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 20,806
  4. PlayStation 4 - 815

Europe April 15, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 103,821
  2. Switch - 65,132
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 21,221
  4. PlayStation 4 - 833

Europe April 22, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 108,060
  2. Switch - 66,235
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 23,152
  4. PlayStation 4 - 851

Europe April 29, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 135,865
  2. PlayStation 5 - 122,218
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 26,907
  4. PlayStation 4 - 840

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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1 Comments
Mars2001 (on 19 May 2023)

7th year of Switch and win 3rd year of ps5.Ps4 died after the 5th-6th year.140M Switch in a few months.Best ever console in Americas and Japan in next months

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