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The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 311,978 units sold for the week ending September 18, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 91.14 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 245,137 units to bring its lifetime sales to 11.96 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 151,276 units to bring their lifetime sales to 7.31 million units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 28,843 units, the Xbox One sold 12,141 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 612 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are down 193,752 units (-38.3%). The PlayStation 4 is down 87,487 (-75.2%), the Xbox One is down 21,200 units (-63.6%), and the 3DS is down 14,631 units (-96.0%).

Looking at sales week-on-week, Nintendo Switch sales are down by over 5,000 units, PlayStation 5 sales are up by over 29,000 units, while Xbox Series X|S sales are up by nearly 15,000 units.

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 311,978 (91,144,177)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 245,137 (11,958,269)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 151,276 (7,306,141)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 28,843 (116,501,238)
  5. Xbox One - 12,141 (50,393,573)
  6. 3DS - 612 (75,943,459)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 132,953
  2. PlayStation 5 - 91,728
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 80,346
  4. PlayStation 4 - 10,693
  5. Xbox One - 9,303
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 110,855
  2. Switch - 95,170
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 51,168
  4. PlayStation 4 - 15,336
  5. Xbox One - 2,259
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 71,144
  2. PlayStation 5 - 35,116
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 14,578
  4. PlayStation 4 - 2,298
  5. 3DS - 612 (Japan only)
  6. Xbox One - 371
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 12,711
  2. PlayStation 5 - 7,438
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 5,184
  4. PlayStation 4 - 516
  5. Xbox One - 208


VGChartz Sales Analyst and Writer - William D'Angelo - I stream on Twitch and have my own YoutubeFollow me on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Writer of the Gap Charts | Weekly Hardware Breakdown Top 10 | Weekly Sales Analysis | Marketshare Features, as well as daily news on the Video Game Industry.

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Quite a nice bump for PS5/XBS. Do we have reason to believe that both PS5 & XBS production was bumped up this week?



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Last week Xbox Series was at 7,196,265 total. 151,276 plus that is 7,347,541? @trunkswd



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DroidKnight said:

Last week Xbox Series was at 7,196,265 total. 151,276 plus that is 7,347,541? @trunkswd

Adjustments were made in the US as we got some NPD estimates. Xbox Series X|S and Switch were adjusted down, while PS5 was adjusted up. 



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trunkswd said:
DroidKnight said:

Last week Xbox Series was at 7,196,265 total. 151,276 plus that is 7,347,541? @trunkswd

Adjustments were made in the US as we got some NPD estimates. Xbox Series X|S and Switch were adjusted down, while PS5 was adjusted up. 

Ahh, thanks.



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DroidKnight said:
trunkswd said:

Adjustments were made in the US as we got some NPD estimates. Xbox Series X|S and Switch were adjusted down, while PS5 was adjusted up. 

Ahh, thanks.

No problem. 



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Switch holds steady despite a drop in Japan, as America and Europe pick up the slack.

Nice to see all three platforms thriving.



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PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Sales Comparison Charts Through September 18

Here we see data representing the global sales through to consumers and change in sales performance of the three current platforms (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch) and three legacy platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo 3DS) over comparable periods for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.  Also shown is the market share for each of the consoles over the same periods.

Year to Date Sales Comparison (Same Periods Covered)

Market Share (Same Periods Covered)

2018 – (Week ending January 13 to September 22)

2019 – (Week ending January 12 to September 21)

2020 – (Week ending January 11 to September 19)

2021 – (Week ending January 9 to September 18)

"Year to date" sales for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2021 versus 2020 and 2021 versus 2019 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.

Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year

Microsoft

  • Xbox One – Down Year-on-Year 1,567,697 (-70.2%)
  • Xbox Series X|S – n/a

Nintendo

  • Nintendo Switch - Down Year-on-Year 1,206,512 (-7.9%)
  • Nintendo 3DS – Down Year-on-Year 333,376 (-90.7%)

Sony

  • PlayStation 4 – Down Year-on-Year 4,752,879 (-71.9%)
  • PlayStation 5 – n/a


VGChartz Sales Analyst and Writer - William D'Angelo - I stream on Twitch and have my own YoutubeFollow me on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Writer of the Gap Charts | Weekly Hardware Breakdown Top 10 | Weekly Sales Analysis | Marketshare Features, as well as daily news on the Video Game Industry.

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Switch is down almost 8% YoY.  For those not paying attention that may seem like Switch peaked last year.  However, last year's holiday was pretty poor for Switch in terms of software releases.  I'm expecting Switch to be up YoY by the end of December.  I think once the OLED model releases we'll start seeing a noticeable difference in Switch sales, and Pokemon will drive momentum further.