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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Month 39

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Month 39 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 March 2024 / 6,182 Views

This monthly series compares the aligned launch sales of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.

It should be noted the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S had a worldwide launch, while the PlayStation 5 launch was split over the course of two weeks. Also, the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017, while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S launched during the holidays in November 2020.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Global:

  1. Switch: 58,001,624
  2. PS5: 54,173,963
  3. XSX|S: 27,682,605

Through the first 38 months available worldwide the Nintendo Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 3.83 million units and is 30.32 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 26.49 million units.

The Switch has sold 58.00 million in 39 months worldwide, while the PS5 sold 54.17 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 27.68 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 39 months, the Switch is in the lead. The Switch has a 41.5 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 38.7 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 19.8 percent.

 

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch US:

  1. Switch: 19,691,811
  2. PS5: 19,061,217
  3. XSX|S: 13,825,250

Through the first 39 months available in the US the Nintendo Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 0.63 million units and is 5.87 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 5.24 million units.

The Switch has sold 19.69 million in 39 months in the US, while the PS5 sold 19.06 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 13.83 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 39 months, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 37.4 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 36.3 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 26.3 percent.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe:

  1. PS5: 17,900,770
  2. Switch: 14,912,492
  3. XSX|S: 7,445,644

Through the first 39 months available in Europe the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 2.99 million units and is 10.46 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 7.47 million units.

The PS5 has sold 17.90 million in 39 months in Europe, while the Switch sold 14.91 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 7.45 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 39 months, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 44.5 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 37.0 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 18.5 percent.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Japan:

  1. Switch: 13,711,741
  2. PS5: 5,186,391
  3. XSX|S: 554,532

Through the first 39 months available in Japan the Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S by a wide margin. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 8.53 million units and is 13.16 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 4.63 million units.

The Switch has sold 13.71 million units in 39 months in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 5.19 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.55 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 39 months, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 70.5 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 26.7 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.8 percent.


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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30 Comments
CourageTCD (on 29 February 2024)

Except in Europe, the Switch is leading in every region

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CGI-Quality CourageTCD (on 02 March 2024)

It is, but the PS5 is close enough in the US without a popular handheld component and that's a big deal. It means Sony has the traditional home console market on lock, while the Switch (and potentially future Switch-like devices) from Nintendo will continue. Both platforms have done/are doing great.

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hellobion2 (on 02 March 2024)

Very impressive numbers.

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Shtinamin_ (on 29 February 2024)

I think Playstation is projected to sell ~40M, ~38M, and~15M PS5 units in USA, Europe, and Japan respectively by the end of it's life.

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jvmkdg Shtinamin_ (on 29 February 2024)

15 million in Japan? madness will reach a maximum of 11 or 12 million

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Shtinamin_ jvmkdg (on 29 February 2024)

I can see that too, but I'm being optimistic.

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trunkswd Shtinamin_ (on 29 February 2024)

In Japan, the PS4 sold ~9.7M and the PS3 sold ~10.5M lifetime. I see the PS5 selling 10M to 11M lifetime in Japan.

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Hardstuck-Platinum trunkswd (on 29 February 2024)

Only 93 million for PS5 with PS5 pro and GTA6 launch still coming? Why do people underestimate Sony so badly. Only if there was an apocalypse during it's life would that happen

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Shtinamin_ Hardstuck-Platinum (on 29 February 2024)

I didnt specify Other because theres no graph for it

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Hardstuck-Platinum Shtinamin_ (on 29 February 2024)

PS4 was being sold for 299$ at this point in it's life. They probably had to, to compete with Xbone. PS5 is still 450/500$! That's a big difference and allows them room to create big sales spikes with price cuts.

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Shtinamin_ Hardstuck-Platinum (on 29 February 2024)

They wont be doing a price cut anytime soon. Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Hiroki Totoki said it's harder to “shrink” the PS5’s die size and therefore cut console manufacturing costs compared to Sony’s ability to cheapen the PS4. “Therefore cost reduction is very difficult, simply put”.

But if they do then yes, they'll be able to sell more. But the same can be said for any console (maybe not Xbox Series, since we saw its "boost" during the holiday).

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Hardstuck-Platinum Shtinamin_ (on 29 February 2024)

Yeah I saw him say that too. I don't think the price cut won't come soon but the console will eventually become cheaper to produce and when it does they will have a price cut their back pocket to unleash. Can't forget that Xbox isn't releasing a pro console so all the people that bought the Xbone X might get a PS5 Pro too because they want best hardware and Xbox is not providing it.

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Shtinamin_ Hardstuck-Platinum (on 29 February 2024)

That could be a possibility. Microsoft is wanting to take a jab at the handheld market, at least that's what the rumors say. Also why would an Xbox consumer get a PS5 Pro when they can just make their own computer?
It will be an interesting year for gaming.

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Hardstuck-Platinum Shtinamin_ (on 29 February 2024)

PS5 PRO will play gta6 at 60fps day one unlike PC. But yeah, most leaving Xbox will just go to PC

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Sogreblute Hardstuck-Platinum (on 01 March 2024)

You're overestimating how much the PS5 Pro will sell. That system will easily be $600+ and only the hardcore gamers will go for it. When GTA 6 releases a lot pf PS5's will be sold, but also Xbox's. Don't forget it is coming to Xbox and they will sell a ton too.

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Hardstuck-Platinum Sogreblute (on 01 March 2024)

Almost everyone was saying the PS portal would fail but it didn't. Sony said it exceeded their expectations. Same with PS5 pro. If I can afford it at the time I will definitely get one, Yes GTA6 will be on Xbox too but the series S versions always look and perform the worst and PS5 pro will prob be the only version at 60fps.

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Sogreblute Hardstuck-Platinum (on 02 March 2024)

GTA sells mostly to casuals. Do you think casuals care about frame rate or do you think they care more about the price of the product?
Out of the 117.2 million PS4's sold only 14.3 million are PS4 Pro's. I think you and a lot of other people are heavily overestimating how much a PS5 Pro will sell.

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Shtinamin_ Sogreblute (on 02 March 2024)

Thanks.
PS4 Pro released 3 years after the PS4 and sold 14.3M. That's 12%
The PS5 Pro is rumored to be releasing this year, after 4 years. If anything I expect Sony to sell less Pro with the 5, than it did with the 4. But anything can happen. By this 12% estimate, we can assume around 11M for the 93M estimate of the three regions.

Switch released its "pro", the OLED, in 2021. Thats 4 years after the Switch released. And it has sold 23.19M as of Dec 31, 2023. And it has been increasing in sales each year.

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Hardstuck-Platinum Sogreblute (on 02 March 2024)

Casuals are not as stupid as you think. Series S was on sale as low as 140$ this holiday it's in home region and it still didn't really help it. Just because they're casual doesn't mean they're going to want a product that runs their favourite game the worst of all the platforms available.

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Sogreblute Hardstuck-Platinum (on 03 March 2024)

That $138 Series S was only sold through Walmart.com and it wasn't even from Walmart, it was a 3rd Party seller most likely clearing out stock. If the Series S was $138 everywhere you'd have a point, but it was just one 3rd Party seller on Walmart.com getting rid of it.

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Hardstuck-Platinum Sogreblute (on 03 March 2024)

Even if we bump the price up to 150 that's still 1/3rd of the price of the ps5. There was lots of places selling it for 150$.

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mjk45 Shtinamin_ (on 29 February 2024)

So only 93 million that's a 24 M decline over the PS4 and that includes factoring in a 5.3M increase in Japan over the PS4 ,and if you use a more reasonable 11/12M figure for Japan your into PS3 sales territory, love to see those projections .

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wintermute010 mjk45 (on 29 February 2024)

The USA, Europe and Japan are not the whole world.
PS4: 38.11+45.85+9.67 = 93.63.
93.63+23.53(rest world) = 117.16. But I think that PS5 will sell more than PS4

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Hardstuck-Platinum wintermute010 (on 29 February 2024)

This is a good point but that 93 million forecast included an overestimation of Japan by 4 million. So saying PS5 will only sell 89 million in just Japan, USA and Europe is still crazy considering they had just had one of their best years ever

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wintermute010 Hardstuck-Platinum (on 29 February 2024)

I agree

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Shtinamin_ Hardstuck-Platinum (on 29 February 2024)

PS5 did have an amazing year (Im counting Nov 2022 to Nov 2023), in which they sold 22.55m. Which is the most they've ever sold in a year.
Yes, GTAVI will be a huge success and push many people to PS5. But once it reaches PC after 6 months on console, most will turn to PC instead of PS5.
I just was looking at their FY goal, and remembered that lowered it from 25m to 21m. They sit at 16.4m (54.8m-38.4m) as of Dec 31, 2023. They need to ship 4.6m more before Mar 31, 2024 to make the adjusted lowered goal.

They have around 3 (maybe 4) years to compete on the market before the PS6 becomes their only product. If they sell around 15m average for the 3 years (in those three regions) will sell around 45m leading to 99m as the total for USA, Europe, and Japan.
It'll be interesting to see what happens.

*Edit: Found their shipped for Dec 31, 2023.

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Hardstuck-Platinum Shtinamin_ (on 29 February 2024)

People's excitement will be so high for GTA6 that I can't imagine them just refusing the PS version because it comes to PC eventually. 6 months is a long time to suffer from FOMO

Yeah I think your really off with the 15 million but how do we know for sure until they say so? 99 mil. Sounds better. Depends on 4 factors. Price cut. Success of GTA6. PS5 PRO. People leaving Xbox because they don't like seeing their games come to PS (can see a lot of people leaving Xbox on twitter, getting really annoyed with Xbox being defeatist.

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Shtinamin_ Hardstuck-Platinum (on 29 February 2024)

I dont doubt that people will want the PS5 for GTAVI, it's just that will Sony be able to manufacture and distribute enough PS5 to accommodate for the FOMO. If they dont by the time it releases on PC, then they missed their window to sell +100m in USA, Europe and Japan.

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mjk45 wintermute010 (on 29 February 2024)

True I missed their being no (others) column , my fault for skimming over those projections still as Hardstuck- Platinum mentioned looking at PS5 sales there and the historical data Japan is seemingly overestimated by around 4M still whether or not the estimates hold up over time Kudo's to Shtinaman for making content that engages us .

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