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Welcome everyone to the VGChartz Sales Comparison Charts May 2021 Discussion Thread. This thread is a place for everyone to discuss the latest VGChartz monthly Sales Comparison articles for the month of May 2021. Everyone is welcome to post monthly articles I haven't done so yet.  You can view the ones currently posted here

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You can read the complete first article and analysis here:

Welcome to the latest edition of the ‘Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Worldwide’ article. This series compares the monthly and lifetime retail sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Looking at the total sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch through May 2021 shows how the Switch has been consistently gaining on the lifetime PS4 sales and growing its lead over the Xbox One. The PS4 is ahead of the Switch by 29.32 million units and the Xbox One by 65.5 million units. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox One by 36.20 million

The PS4 is 3.03 million units away from outselling the Game Boy, which sold 118.69 million units lifetime. The Switch has outsold the Xbox 360, which sold 85.80 million units lifetime. The Switch is 1.08 million units away from outselling the PlayStation 3, which sold 87.41 million units lifetime.

The Switch passed the 86 million mark. The PS4 has sold 115.65 million units lifetime, the Switch 86.33 million units, and the Xbox One 50.13 million.

Looking at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 currently leads. The PlayStation 4 has a 45.9 percent market share, the Switch sits at 34.2 percent, and the Xbox One at 19.9 percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 115,647,633

Switch Total Sales: 86,325,310

Xbox One Total Sales: 50,126,143

During the month of May 2021, the Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 by 1.46 million units for the month and the Xbox One by 1.53 million units. The PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One by 70,664 units.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago, all three consoles are down. The Nintendo Switch is down 629,989 units (-28.4%), the PlayStation 4 is down 792,161 units (-85.9%) and the Xbox One is down 344,308 units (-85.4%).

Looking at the marketshare, the Switch managed to achieve 89.4 percent of the monthly sales. The PlayStation 4 accounted for 7.3 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One 3.3 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 129,668

Switch Monthly Sales: 1,589,133

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 59,004

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched in November 2013, while the Switch launched three years and four months later in March 2017.

As a reminder, VGChartz tracks consoles sold to consumers and not units shipped.



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