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PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - October 2023

PS5 vs Switch Sales Comparison - October 2023 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 December 2023 / 8,192 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 worldwide sales of the PlayStation 5 and Switch.

The PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup.

PS5 Vs. Switch Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 186,837 - PS5

Gap change over last 12 months: 50,640 - PS5

Total Lead: 6,045,718 - Switch

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 45,366,475

Switch Total Sales: 51,412,193

October 2023 is the 36th month the PlayStation 5 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 Nintendo Switch by 186,837 units.

In the last 12 months, the PS5 has outsold the Switch by 50,640 units. The PS5 is behind the Switch by 6.05 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 45.37 million units in 36 months, while the Nintendo Switch sold 51.41 million units. Month 36 for the PlayStation 5 is October 2023 and for the Nintendo Switch it is February 2020.

The Nintendo Switch crossed 60 million in month 41, 70 million in month 45, and 80 million in month 48. The Nintendo Switch has sold 131.25 million units through October 2023. The PS5 is 85.88 million units behind lifetime Switch sales.


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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11 Comments
Geralt99 (on 01 December 2023)

PS5 Putting up a good fight. Going up against switch's 2020 isn't going to be easy.

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Shtinamin_ Geralt99 (on 01 December 2023)

Agreed, this is where the fun begins.

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wintermute010 Geralt99 (on 01 December 2023)

GTA 6 might help to PS5 in 2024

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firebush03 wintermute010 (on 01 December 2023)

It’ll give it an incredibly strong holiday season, that’s for certain…depending on how well GTA6 is received (which’ll probably be very well).

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Shtinamin_ wintermute010 (on 01 December 2023)

Isn't that also gonna be on the NG (Nintendo's Next Gen console)?

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wintermute010 Shtinamin_ (on 01 December 2023)

I'm sure not. Its performance is approximately on par with PS4

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Shtinamin_ wintermute010 (on 01 December 2023)

I think that the NG is being downplayed right now in terms of performance. If the NG is gonna have 12GB RAM, DLSS 3.1, and ray tracing (something that PS5 and Xbox Series X/S can support, but it isnt often) it will be on par with this generation of gaming in terms of performance.

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Scoopz wintermute010 (on 04 December 2023)

Youre misunderstanding that point. Its raw GPU power is going to be PS4 level, but the graphical effects and image quality it'll be able to output will be significantly better due to far more modern architecture and access to DLSS and RT hardware. Plus the A78 ARM cores its using are far more efficient than the ancient Jaguar cores in the PS4 so it'll handle simulation and physics better as well. Its a case of understanding what that adage actually means.

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Shtinamin_ Scoopz (on 04 December 2023)

I agree that it would be like the PS4 in performance, but I said that everyone is undervaluing what is inside. Plus no one on the internet knows the exact hardware inside the NG. I think they are pushing for high performance (very un-Nintendo like), and reaching for Xbox Series S at least.

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xMetroid Geralt99 (on 01 December 2023)

Thing is Switch was trending down in the first 2 months of 2020 before the pandemic. So it putting up a fight rn is fair but it will be interesting to see how it manages to survive the next few months after the holidays.

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