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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S Sales Comparison in the US - October 2023

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S Sales Comparison in the US - October 2023 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 December 2023 / 16,758 Views

The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.

This monthly series compares the aligned US sales of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S both launched in November 2020. The Xbox Series X|S launched in the US on November 10, 2020, and the PlayStation 5 on November 12, 2020.

PS5 Vs. XSX|S US:

Gap change in latest month: 131,242 - PS5

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,007,248 - PS5

Total Lead: 4,220,462 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 16,097,948

Xbox Series X|S Total Sales: 11,877,486

October 2023 is the 36th month the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the Xbox Series X|S by 131,242 units.

In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 5 has outsold Xbox Series X|S by 3.01 million units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 4.22 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 16.10 million units in the US in 36 months, while the Xbox Series X|S sold 11.88 million units. The PlayStation 5 has a 57.5 percent marketshare (+4.0% year-over-year), compared to 42.5 percent for the Xbox Series X|S (-4.0% year-over-year).

The PlayStation 5 is currently 1.26 million units ahead the PlayStation 4 in the US when you align launches, while the Xbox Series X|S is behind the Xbox One by 1.47 million.


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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22 Comments
Manlytears (on 30 November 2023)

At this point MS needs, at least, 3 things:
1-A Sony "slip" like PS3.
2- Strong exclusives for Xbox/Gamepass
3-A new generation.

Something like:
2035, ARM CPUs become the market standard, X86 is no more. PS7 is unable to deliver BC and libraries from PS4-5-6 don't Works on PS7. At the same time, CoD becomes exclusive to Xbox and MS have a killer LINE of exclusives for the new Xbox "insert bad name here".

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Random_Matt Manlytears (on 30 November 2023)

I am still waiting for this ARM revolution I have been hearing year after year after year. The hype of Apple silicon died with M1 unfortunately and barely anyone buys them anymore. America loves Apple, nobody else does, they need entry level systems for market share and then perhaps ARM would go somewhere.

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Manlytears Random_Matt (on 30 November 2023)

i mostly agree with you, that why i'm using 2035. That said, ARM are becoming great lately, it would not suprise me to see some amazing shit that can beat X86 in the next 10 years.

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Garrus Random_Matt (on 30 November 2023)

Macs are bad because Macs are bad, but the Apple Silicon is awesome. Those are not the same things. If we could buy Windows laptops with Apple Silicon it would be several times more successful.

Snapdragon Elite is coming next summer, that will be the start of Windows on ARM, really.

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MastermindPT (on 29 November 2023)

That must hurt like fire, losing the war on they're own ground. But, this is kind of Deja Vu, on the last generation, it was the very same Bloodbath.

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Shtinamin_ MastermindPT (on 29 November 2023)

Why do we think Microsoft isn't selling as well as Sony? Is it solely due to Spider-Man 2? Or are there other reasons for Xbox Series X/S to be selling so weakly?

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rapsuperstar31 Shtinamin_ (on 29 November 2023)

The decisions made at the start of the Xbox One' hurt Xbox, everyone switched to or went back to Playstaton where they built up their libraries and trophies. At this point stating over on Xbox isn't an option for many.

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2zosteven rapsuperstar31 (on 29 November 2023)

you are 100% correct! shoving kinect down our throat

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Shtinamin_ 2zosteven (on 29 November 2023)

But Xbox Series X/S doesn’t have a Kinect. So Microsoft isn’t selling consoles because of something it’s predecessor did wrong?
That doesn’t sound like a very reasonable clause.
Granted, I didn’t like the Kinect either, but that’s not a reason to not get a console (that doesn’t even have the tech most people didn’t like).

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2zosteven Shtinamin_ (on 30 November 2023)

please read rapsuper31 statement

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Shtinamin_ rapsuperstar31 (on 29 November 2023)

What decisions exactly?

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Apkopf Shtinamin_ (on 30 November 2023)

When announcing the Xbox one there were many things that didn't sit well with a lot of the gaming audience. Having every console come with Kinect and pushing TV, TV, TV in every press conference feeling like they were not focused on the people who loved Xbox 360, Always online and locking physical games to a system were both heavily unpopular. There were other reasons but in general there was a negative sentiment regarding Xbox and as others have mentioned this was the generation that many started building their digital gaming libraries seems to have had a cascading effect.

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2zosteven Shtinamin_ (on 30 November 2023)

forcing kinect on us was a turnoff

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2zosteven Shtinamin_ (on 30 November 2023)

mandatory kinect. which made MSRP $100.00 more than PS4

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enurtsol (on 04 December 2023)

The PS5 also has massive and continuous price discounts all year, in Sony's bid to get rid of OG PS5 stock to be replaced by PS5 Slims

Methinks that's the one biggest factor that people forget why PS5 is selling a lot this year

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hellobion2 (on 30 November 2023)

playstation is still king

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jvmkdg (on 29 November 2023)

I miss the x360 vs ps3 era

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MastermindPT jvmkdg (on 29 November 2023)

You are right, things were a lot more balanced

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method114 jvmkdg (on 29 November 2023)

Hell no. I miss the Xbox version of of the 360 era (I loved my 360) but Sony has improved a lot since then.

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NextGen_Gamer method114 (on 29 November 2023)

But Sony needed that PS3 era in order to realize they had to do better. I feel the Sony now is slowly going down that same path - actually RAISING the entry price of PS5 this year, for example. That is the over-confident, bad Sony from the PS3 days coming back, thinking they can do no wrong because their console lead is so big.

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method114 NextGen_Gamer (on 29 November 2023)

Yea but I don't miss Sony from that era just because it helped them improve and I certainly don't want them to go back to that. I'll admit the pricing from Sony is getting annoying but that's the least of my worries. I'm very fortunate in that I can pretty much freely spend my money on gaming. Pricing is not something that concerns me. I just don't want them Sony delivering horrible games and bad ports like during the PS3 days. Sony was so bad then I got a PS3 for a month and sold it for a 360 and had an amazing time with that console.

Now Sony listens to devs about what they want in a console as far as hardware to make game development easier. They are pumping out great game after great game. They are also picking up 3rd party exclusives that matter to me. Yes this means I have to pay more but I'm willing to pay more if I'm getting the quality I want which is what Sony is giving me. So while I don't like paying more it's at least nice to know I'm paying more to a company that's also giving me more of what I want.

A great example is that internal review MS did of TLOU 2. MS in that review stated they can't pump out that kind of quality in a game. When even your rival admits they can't reach that level you know you're doing well. So I guess you kind of have to expect to pay more for the higher quality.

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xgamerx (on 30 November 2023)

in a year where gamepass had like 6-7 AAA games day one while ps plus had nothing but jacked up their price and playstation crushed xbox in sales. SAD..

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