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PS5 Best-Seller, PS5 and XS Sales Up YoY - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for January 2024

PS5 Best-Seller, PS5 and XS Sales Up YoY - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for January 2024 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2024 / 7,000 Views

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console worldwide with 1,385,687 units sold for January 2024, according to VGChartz estimates. The PlayStation 5 has now sold an estimated 54.17 million units lifetime worldwide.

The Nintendo Switch sold an estimated 999,745 units to bring its lifetime sales to 137.72 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 452,119 units to bring their lifetime sales to 27.68 million units. The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 6,642 units to bring its lifetime sales to 117.16 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same month for the PS4 in 2016 are up by over 224,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same month for the Xbox One are down by nearly 20,000 units. PS4 sold 1,161,413 units for the month of January 2017 and Xbox One sales were at 471,865 units.

PlayStation 5 sales compared to the same month a year ago are up by 92,475 (7.2%). Xbox Series X|S sales are up by 19,642 units (4.5%) and Nintendo Switch sales are down by 107,854 units (-9.7%). The PlayStation 4 is down by 12,380 units (-65.1%) year-over-year. It should be noted, January 2024 is a five week period, while it was four weeks in January 2023.

Looking at sales month-on-month, PlayStation 5 sales are down by over 2.47 million units, Xbox Series X|S sales are down by over 1.40 million units, and Nintendo Switch sales are down by nearly 2.50 million units. It should be noted, this is comparing a holiday month (December 2023) to a non-holiday month (January 2024).

Check out the breakdown of the Americas sales here, the Europe sales here, and the Japan sales here.

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

Monthly Sales:

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

  1. PlayStation 5 - 1,385,687 (54,173,963)
  2. Switch - 999,745 (137,721,535)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 452,119 (27,682,605)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 6,642 (117,155,714)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates for January 2024:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 501,539
  2. Switch - 297,903
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 287,139
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,482
Europe hardware estimates for January 2024:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 433,510
  2. Switch - 244,150
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 101,859
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,332
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates for January 2024:
  1. Switch - 432,493
  2. PlayStation 5 - 408,692
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 38,910
  4. PlayStation 4 - 3,663
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates for January 2024:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 41,946
  2. Switch - 25,199
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 24,211
  4. PlayStation 4 - 128

Weekly Sales:

Global January 6, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 307,514
  2. Switch - 304,177
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 99,346
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,563

Global January 13, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 255,568
  2. Switch - 181,580
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 83,172
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,328

Global January 20, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 299,954
  2. Switch - 168,099
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 82,188
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,300

Global January 27, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 271,894
  2. Switch - 171,943
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 92,082
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,268

Global February 3, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 250,757
  2. Switch - 173,946
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 95,331
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,183

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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Qwark (on 26 February 2024)

Switch still almost selling a million a month outside of the holidays is pretty impressive.

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hellobion2 Qwark (on 26 February 2024)

Very true and quality titles keep on coming for it too. Classic battlefront and battlefront 2 !

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javi741 (on 26 February 2024)

Very impressed that the Switch is only down less than 10% approaching its 8th year on the market and have already sold 140 Million plus thus far. A console maintaining sales momentum this far into its lifecycle is unprecedented

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Shtinamin_ javi741 (on 26 February 2024)

Can it continue this ~1m month momentum up in its 8th year?
Also wow 10% is impressive (though from a different article, Jan did have 5 weeks instead of the usual 4).

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Qwark Shtinamin_ (on 26 February 2024)

Still around 200k a week average, although week one for Switch is always is a bit higher than other non holiday weeks. Though I expect sales between February to October to be average around 700k (175k average). So I would say it's on track to sell at least 11 million units, if holiday sales fall of a cliff.

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Shtinamin_ Qwark (on 26 February 2024)

That looks like a very great 8th year. PS2 and PS1 had decent 8th years as well selling ~15m and 11m as well.

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Qwark Shtinamin_ (on 26 February 2024)

Definitely 11 million is great, it's on par with the Xbox360 in its prime. Although I think 15 million is a bit too much to ask for.

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Shtinamin_ Qwark (on 26 February 2024)

Agreed 15m seems too high. 11m looks great, can't wait to see the FY report.

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TheLegendaryBigBoss javi741 (on 28 February 2024)

140mil plus? The article says 137.72 mil

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kazuyamishima (on 27 February 2024)

Being up YoY for the PS5 without any price promotions in January is remarkable

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only777 (on 28 February 2024)

Anyone that thinks Switch is not in competition with PS/XBOX is wrong

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Hardstuck-Platinum only777 (on 28 February 2024)

No Elden Ring. No COD. No flagship assassins creed games. No flagship resident evils. No Grand theft auto 5. No red dead redemption 2. If your platform cannot run any of the flagship million seller titles then you are not competing are you

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Sogreblute Hardstuck-Platinum (on 28 February 2024)

And yet the Switch outsold both PS and Xbox without those games.

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Hardstuck-Platinum Sogreblute (on 28 February 2024)

Sales don't mean anything if your platform can't play the games that generate the most revenue for your business. Nintendo knows this and that's why they're releasing a more powerful switch 2 soon

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comar236 Hardstuck-Platinum (on 01 March 2024)

What are you talking about? Some of the best selling games of 2023 are Switch exclusives with Tears of the Kingdom selling over 20 million copies. Nintendo has been successful with both the hardware and software.

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Hardstuck-Platinum comar236 (on 01 March 2024)

I'm not saying that Nintendo hasn't been successful with switch. I'm just saying that most of the money is made from third party titles. Zelda and Mario Can't make up for missing out on all the other titles I just listed above

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only777 Hardstuck-Platinum (on 03 March 2024)

Riddle me this:
If the user base of Switch is so different to PlayStation, why did so much work go into so many "Impossible ports" like The Witcher 3?

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Hardstuck-Platinum only777 (on 03 March 2024)

I never said anything about the userbase though? Switch has a large install base so there is an incentive to port games to it. Witcher 3 selling well on switch only proves my point even more because that means if they could get more AAA blockbusters to run on it they would sell well.

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firebush03 (on 26 February 2024)

Those are some incredibly impressive numbers for Switch. Almost keeping pace with PS5…wow!

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moschefenty (on 26 February 2024)

"Nintendo Switch sales are up by nearly 2.50 million units"


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Trentonater (on 26 February 2024)

"Nintendo Switch sales are up by nearly 2.50 million units"

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MastermindPT (on 01 March 2024)

OMG, PS5 is already selling 3x more than XBox X. When PS5 Pro is released, the gap will increase even more. This is a feeling of Déjà vu (PS4 vs XBox One)

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bamf (on 27 February 2024)

Definitely crazy numbers after 8 years. Hard to predict sales figures as we are all anticipating the announcement of switch 2. That could greatly effect switch sales, maybe?
I do find it bizarre that there are so many new switch consoles being sold. As you find that so many of them are being sold as used on market place apps.

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siebensus4 (on 26 February 2024)

The lowest week of Switch was 151k back in 2018. If Switch is able to hold above 150k this year, Nintendo should be happy. Holding the sales during summer will be tough, though. And the holiday season will be a lot lower than 2018, of course.

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