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PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Sales Comparison - December 2023

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Sales Comparison - December 2023 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 February 2024 / 7,302 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 combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S with the combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S launched in November 2020, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched in November 2013. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S vs PS4 and Xbox One Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 1,787,954 - PS4 & XOne

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,717,905 - PS5 & XSX|S

Total Lead: 3,233,470 - PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Sales: 79,875,856

Total Combined PS4 and Xbox One Sales: 83,109,326

In December 2023, the gap grew in favor of the combined sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in the last month by 1.79 million units.

In the last 12 months, the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S has sold 1.72 million units more than the PS4 and Xbox One. The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S are currently behind by 3.23 million units.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S in their first 38 months sold a combined 79.88 million units, while the PS4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 83.11 million units. Month 38 is December 2023 for the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, while for the PS4 and Xbox One it is December 2016.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 175.11 million units. The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S are 95.23 million units behind lifetime sales of the PS4 and Xbox One.


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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16 Comments
CosmicSex (on 12 February 2024)

So not sure if anyone will see this, but basically this chart shows us that the Xbox Series SX is probably overreacted by about 3 millilion units. We know this because Rockstar let us know that 77 million total had Ben sold as of 12/31.

So Obviously we know that Sony was over 50 million by the week of 12/9. They sold at least 2 million units after that, probably closer to 3 million.

The absolute highest the Xbox could be at is 25 million.

With all that said the fact that VG came withing 10-15% of the actual number is very impressive given they had close to zero help from Microsoft.

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hellobion2 (on 07 February 2024)

Interesting how these charts will appear after next weeks news

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Shtinamin_ (on 07 February 2024)

Just wondering, why aren't Nintendo consoles also included in this?

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Random_Matt Shtinamin_ (on 07 February 2024)

Nintendo fans keep flip flopping over gens still? I swear we are told it is before or after, but never in the current.

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Garrus Random_Matt (on 07 February 2024)

each time a new console is released, it is a new generation for Nintendo, there is no portable competition so numbering is meaningless, the Switch has nothing to do with the PS5 etc.

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Garrus Shtinamin_ (on 07 February 2024)

Switch is a 3DS successor. As people have said a million times, you could connect your laptop to a TV, doesn't make it a desktop. Many portables including Sony AND Nintendo ones were possible to connect to the TV in the past. You need to compare like versus like.

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Tober Garrus (on 07 February 2024)

You could play Wii U games on the pad only, does this prevent it from being a home console? Just accept that the Hybrid model is a thing and it's a home console and portable at the same time.

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Garrus Tober (on 08 February 2024)

You just made my point, no, the pad doesn't change anything about the hardware design, I agree with you, pad or not, the Wii U was a home console, not a portable device. The processing in the Wii U required the mains and used 100W+ it was not a portable machine and the game pad has nothing to do with it, I agree

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Garrus Tober (on 08 February 2024)

The Switch is technically competing against many things. Against mobile, against PC. We don't say "oh look the Switch lost against the PC again, and lost against mobile gaming also". Why? because the markets are too different, even though they affect each other and demand screen time. Home console / portable are two different markets even if they affect each other.

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Shtinamin_ Garrus (on 08 February 2024)

The Switch is a Hybrid successor, it is the main successor to the WiiU, and is a successor to the 3DS.
Once the Switch was released, all WiiU shipments were cut.

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Garrus Shtinamin_ (on 08 February 2024)

Wii U shipments were cut because it died, not because the Switch is a successor

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Bofferbrauer2 Shtinamin_ (on 08 February 2024)

Playstation and Xbox are both very similar and both appeal to the same customers. Nintendo does it's own thing and is aiming at different customer groups than Sony and Microsoft both do

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Shtinamin_ Bofferbrauer2 (on 08 February 2024)

I agree, I was wondering because it was looking like the main competitors in each generation. Thanks :)

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Machina Bofferbrauer2 (on 08 February 2024)

Additionally it's interesting to follow because thus far the Xbox & PlayStation market has remained remarkably consistent across generations (173-183 million), and it's interesting to see if that holds up this gen too.

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Shtinamin_ Machina (on 08 February 2024)

I do find that pretty cool to see as well.
But I think it would be interesting to see with the big 3 combined.
Or at least Xbox + PS vs Switch at least (not saying itll sell near 173-183, but itll be interesting to see how close itll get)

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