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PS5 Best-Seller, NS Sees Sharp Decline - Europe Hardware Estimates for January 2024

PS5 Best-Seller, NS Sees Sharp Decline - Europe Hardware Estimates for January 2024 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 February 2024 / 8,778 Views

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in Europe with 433,510 units sold for January 2024, according to VGChartz estimates. The PlayStation 5 has now sold an estimated 17.90 million units lifetime in Europe.

The Nintendo Switch sold an estimated 244,150 units to bring its lifetime sales to 35.45 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 101,859 units to bring their lifetime sales to 7.45 million units. The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 1,332 units to bring its lifetime sales to 45.85 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same month for the PS4 in 2016 are down by nearly 39,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same month for the Xbox One are down by nearly 54,000 units. PS4 sold 472,021 units for the month of January 2017 and Xbox One sales were at 155,468 units.

PlayStation 5 sales compared to the same month a year ago are up by 39,920 (10.1%). Xbox Series X|S sales are down by 3,818 units (-3.6%) and Nintendo Switch sales are down by 93,676 units (-27.7%). The PlayStation 4 is up by 1,936 units (59.2%) year-over-year.

Looking at sales month-on-month, PlayStation 5 sales are down by over 770,000 units, Xbox Series X|S sales are down by over 253,000 units, and Nintendo Switch sales are down by nearly 827,000 units.

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

Monthly Sales:

Europe hardware estimates for January 2024 (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. PlayStation 5 - 433,510 (17,900,770)
  2. Switch - 244,150 (35,451,554)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 101,859 (7,445,644)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,332 (45,846,791)

Weekly Sales:

Europe January 6, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 109,397
  2. Switch - 69,570
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 22,693
  4. PlayStation 4 - 315

Europe January 13, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 81,700
  2. Switch - 46,644
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 20,067
  4. PlayStation 4 - 287

Europe January 20, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 86,223
  2. Switch - 42,633
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 18,620
  4. PlayStation 4 - 259

Europe January 27, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 79,952
  2. Switch - 41,510
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 18,834
  4. PlayStation 4 - 243

Europe February 3, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 76,238
  2. Switch - 43,793
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 21,645
  4. PlayStation 4 - 228

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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28 Comments
Geralt99 (on 09 February 2024)

PS4 lead over Switch- 10.4 million
Switch lead over PS5- 17.55 million
PS5 lead over xbox- 10.45 million

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Hardstuck-Platinum Geralt99 (on 10 February 2024)

The Switch is a dying platform though and not in the same generation as PS5 so the two shouldn't be compared. Same goes for switch and Xbox series too

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Mar1217 Hardstuck-Platinum (on 11 February 2024)

Technically, since Nintendo is doing their stuff at quite the different rhythm from Sony and Microsoft. The next Switch will also release in the middle of this current generation meaning just like the Switch, it'll share most of it's life between the bulk of two generation of hardware.
I wouldn't consider any problem if someone were to think the Switch as a 8th gen or 9th gen console really.

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siebensus4 Hardstuck-Platinum (on 12 February 2024)

Again, really? PS4 + Xbox One + Wii U = Gen 8. PS5 + Xbox Series + Switch = Gen 9. Switch is a successor of Wii U (and 3DS).

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Hardstuck-Platinum siebensus4 (on 12 February 2024)

Calling Switch Gen 9 is laughable. I just have no idea what to say if you actually believe that. What a joke. It's not even competing with the PS4 let alone the PS5

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fedfed Hardstuck-Platinum (on 15 February 2024)

Not laughable. It is just a fact.

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siebensus4 Hardstuck-Platinum (on 15 February 2024)

I guess you also pretend that Wii isn't gen 7, because it doesn't have the power of PS3 and X360. Console generations aren't about power. They are about time and successors. Dreamcast is the successor of Sega Saturn and replaced it after 4 years. That's why Dreamcast is gen 6 and not gen 5 like Saturn. Just an example.

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Hardstuck-Platinum siebensus4 (on 16 February 2024)

Ok well you tell yourself that when GTA6 launches and it can't run on switch and everyone forget it exists and it instantly dies. If that reasoning of yours makes you feel better then have at it

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siebensus4 Hardstuck-Platinum (on 16 February 2024)

Every console died after 8 years on the market.

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Hardstuck-Platinum siebensus4 (on 16 February 2024)

Then how are they both gen 9 consoles when one is dead and the other is only half way through it's life?

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siebensus4 Hardstuck-Platinum (on 16 February 2024)

Gen 9 started 2017 with the release of Switch. PS5 was released in the middle of gen 9, just like the N64 in the middle of gen 5 for example.

PS2 also sold quite a long time through gen 7, when PS3 was already available. PS2 is still a gen 6 console, though.

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Hardstuck-Platinum siebensus4 (on 17 February 2024)

I see what your saying. I don't mean to sound like I'm idolising Sony here but the truth is they are the market leader BY FAR and they decide when the next generation starts. The only exception was the 7th gen because they made so many mistakes with the ps3 and handing a golden opportunity to 360

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siebensus4 Hardstuck-Platinum (on 17 February 2024)

Sorry, but PlayStation consoles don't decide when a console generation starts. Please look at the history. Atari Jaguar started gen 5, Dreamcast started gen 6, Xbox 360 started gen 7, Wii U started gen 8 and Switch started gen 9.

Sony aren't the market leader in gen 9 and they weren't in gen 7 either, unless you claim that they're not competing with Nintendo.

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Hardstuck-Platinum siebensus4 (on 17 February 2024)

I'm sorry but if you don't think Sony is the market leader in gen 9 then I'm even more lost for words. They are making about 10 billion revenue every year. MS is in 2nd with something like 7.5. and Nintendo is in third but I don't know their yearly revenue number. Switch has been a huge success but it's success is nothing compared to ps4 and now ps5. It has no call of duty and no grand theft auto 5 on it. You need to play all the third party games to have the success of Sony and MS and the switch doesn't have them cos.....it's not a gen 9 console. Sorry

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siebensus4 Hardstuck-Platinum (on 19 February 2024)

Why is Switch not a gen 9 console? Again, do you think Wii isn't a gen 7 console because its tech doesn't compete witch PS3? Power doesn't matter if you compare consoles within a generation.
Switch is also more successful than PS4 in terms of units sold. And don't mess up revenue with profit. https://www.neogaf.com/threads/nintendo-has-officially-made-more-profits-with-nintendo-switch-2017-2020-than-sony-gaming-division-with-playstation-4-2013-2020.1589150/

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Hardstuck-Platinum siebensus4 (on 19 February 2024)

I consider the Wii 6.5 gen and I consider the Wii U 7th gen. I consider the switch 7.5 gen becasuse if it was 8th gen it would be getting ports of Call of duty Like Xbone and PS4. Don't underestimate the importance of running 3rd party games. 3rd party games are such an important part of the revenue success of a platform. It's possible PS4 made less profit than switch because the hardware is a lot more powerful so profit margins are a lot worse on PS4. I'd still much rather be in Sony's position than Nintendos though. Think of all the games they don't get. COD. Dark souls 3. Elden Ring. Resi 7/8 4. remake. Flagship Assassins creed games. Huge losses.

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siebensus4 Hardstuck-Platinum (on 19 February 2024)

If Switch can handle an open world game like Witcher 3 or a current port like Hogwarts Legacy, it could also handle the old PS3 game GTA 5 or any COD in 720p (just look at the Metroid Prime Remaster with 60fps). It all depends on the developers to port their games to Switch. I guess many of them don't see that their target audience is using a Switch. Porting a AAA game to Switch should be profitable though, if you consider the massive install base.
I'd still much rather be in Nintendo's position, the company which operates with more profit. Think of all the games that aren't available on PlayStation nor Xbox... Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros., Animal Crossing, Splatoon.... all multi million sellers. Huge losses to not port them. :D

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Hardstuck-Platinum siebensus4 (on 19 February 2024)

I like the Switch, I own one and play it frequently, but it does need an upgrade with more power now and I think we can both agree on that. Yes, Hogwarts ran on it but it looked and ran terribly compared to Xbox and PS version. Lets see how powerful they can get switch 2. Xbox series S power is easily in reach so hopefully this won't be an issue for them with next hardware.

Those games are all first party so that's a bit irrelevant because they all have their own first party games that are desirable to have, but I see what you mean.

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fedfed Hardstuck-Platinum (on 15 February 2024)

So is the PS5. Sony just announces that PS5 sales have peaked.

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Hardstuck-Platinum fedfed (on 16 February 2024)

They just had one of their best years ever for hardware sales. Why are so many people trying to convince others that Sony is failing in the console business

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Shtinamin_ (on 09 February 2024)

PS5 at ~+10% is impressive
Switch at ~-30% is par for the course, but impressive for a 7th year.

Are people just getting PC Game Pass instead of an XBOX? ~-4% might demonstrate that it had its peak year 2 years ago, in its 2nd year.

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CosmicSex Shtinamin_ (on 09 February 2024)

That would be during Covid right? So Covid gave PS5 is lowest year and Xbox it's highest year. This needs to be analyzed in more depth.

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Shtinamin_ CosmicSex (on 09 February 2024)

I agree that is strange. What games were released in Dec 2021 to Nov 2022?

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BonfiresDown CosmicSex (on 10 February 2024)

The only thing that makes sense to me is that people bought an Xbox because they couldn’t find a PS5. Then around the end of 2022 the shortages eased.

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hellobion2 (on 10 February 2024)

End of the switch era time for the S2 era

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Bumblaster (on 14 February 2024)

I'll still be buying Switch games for years. The software library is absolutely huge with many classics I've not bought yet.

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fedfed Bumblaster (on 15 February 2024)

Best ever library...

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Manlytears (on 10 February 2024)

I don't know if this is the best place to talk about this, but based on data from Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. Series X/S sales seem to be considerably overestimated.
They reached a number of 77 million units sold, and considering a minimum number of 53M PS5 sold, it means that series X/S is probably at a level equal to, or lower than, 24M.
Is this information valid and makes sense?

https://twistedvoxel.com/ps5-xbox-series-xs-sales-2023/

PS5: 53M or more
Series X/S: 24M or less

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