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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch launch sales estimates depict the PlayStation 5 as the fastest-selling and best-selling console of them all

The revolutionary DualSense controller has helped spur sales of the PlayStation 5. (Image source: Sony)
The revolutionary DualSense controller has helped spur sales of the PlayStation 5. (Image source: Sony)
The PS5 vs. Xbox Series X|S vs. Switch launch sales contest has been definitively won by Sony’s console according to recently published estimates. Global sales for the PlayStation 5 have topped 3.3 million units within its first four weeks of launch. Microsoft’s consoles have also sold well in the US and Europe but flatlined in Japan.
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New data published by VGChartz has given Sony the win in terms of the PS5 vs. Xbox Series X|S vs. Switch sales competition. Not only has the PlayStation 5 outsold both its rivals in its first four weeks of availability, but it is also selling at a faster rate than even the Nintendo Switch managed in its first four weeks of launch. According to the estimates, almost 3.37 million PS5 consoles have been sold worldwide, with gamers in the US snapping up nearly 1.39 million of those while 1.15 million were purchased in Europe and over 215,000 were sold in Japan. (Figures for Europe are based on three weeks of sales because of the PS5’s staggered launch.)

While the PS5 has outsold both the Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch in its first four weeks of life, both the other two consoles still posted respectable figures. Apparently, the Switch amassed a figure of close to 2.12 million sales in the same length of time from its launch date (March 2017), and the Xbox Series X|S consoles are closing in on 2 million units sold with a current estimate of 1.817 million. The PS5 “won” the US and Europe markets, but while the difference from Microsoft’s hardware was considerable for Europe (1.15 million vs. 481,000), Xbox fans were more abundant in the US with 988,000 units sold in that market.

Unsurprisingly, Japan was a harder nut to crack, and while the PS5 closed in on a quarter-of-a-million sales, the Switch had already managed over half-a-million units sold at the same four-week point. Meanwhile, the Xbox Series X|S is on slightly over 30,000 sales in a tough market where there seems to be little love for Microsoft’s consoles. Additionally, VGChartz’s data states that it took the Nintendo Switch nearly 12 weeks to make the same amount of sales the PS5 has already made worldwide for its first four weeks since launch, meaning Sony’s hard-to-find hardware is both the best-selling and fastest-selling console out of the three within these particular time parameters.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-12-20 (Update: 2020-12-20)