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PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison in Japan - May 2024

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison in Japan - May 2024 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 July 2024 / 3,920 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 Japanese sales of the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020 in Japan, while the PlayStation 4 launched in February 2014. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup.

PS5 Vs. PS4 Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 69,260 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 220,243 - PS4

Total Lead: 270,813 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 5,663,047

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 5,392,234

May 2024 is the 43rd month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 by 69,260 units.

In the last 12 months, the PS4 has outsold the PS5 by 220,243 units. The PS5 is currently ahead by 270,813 units.

The 43rd month for the PS5 in Japan is May 2024, while for the PS4 it is August 2017. The PS5 has sold 5.66 million units, while the PS4 sold 5.39 million units during the same timeframe. The PS4 sold current PS5 sales in month 46.

The PS4 crossed 6 million in month 47, 7 million in month 53, and 8 million in month 61. The PS4 has sold 9.68 million units to date. The PS5 is currently 4.02 million units behind the lifetime sales of the PS4 in Japan.


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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6 Comments
firebush03 (on 15 June 2024)

Random Question: Do we have any graphs comparing LTD of XB360 & PS3? I’ve been searching everywhere, but it looks like VGChartz didn’t start creating these kinds graphs until the XBOne/PS4 generation (so the graph I’m looking for may have missed out).

Edit: CK’s source was exactly what I was looking for! Siebensus4’s source provided extra details for the charts. Thanks all!

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siebensus4 firebush03 (on 15 June 2024)

You can use the hardware comparison tool for weekly comparison. Though, it doesn't show how the gap has changed. https://www.vgchartz.com/tools/hw_date.php

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CommunistKim firebush03 (on 15 June 2024)
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2zosteven (on 19 June 2024)

ps5 will not pass the ps4, switch 2 will slow it down

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jvmkdg (on 15 June 2024)

PS5 sales need to increase to 30,000 units a week if it wants to beat the PS4 and maybe the PS3 in Japan

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Qwark jvmkdg (on 16 June 2024)

Spoiler, they won't. PS5 will have some spikes with the Monster Hunter launch. The PS4 is simply to expensive to pull in the non enthousiast gamers and considering PlayStation management is all about profit growth I doubt we will see pricecurs coming back.

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