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Forums - Sales Discussion - Global Hardware Nov 8 to 14 - PS5 & Xbox Series X|S Launch to Record Sales

Intrinsic said:
curl-6 said:

This puts a torpedo in the long-held notion that "PS5/Nextbox will kill the Switch."

Despite both next gen consoles having an excellent opening week, Switch still pulls in big numbers, without even any major new software.

That was a thing?

After the switch was released, and looking at how little impact it had on the PS4/XB1 sales... I have been saying and pushing that they are not directly competitive.

One is not doing well/better at the expense of the other.

And these new consoles are just confirming that too. I got a lot of flak on this forum for saying that the PS/Xbox platforms while in the same gaming business with the switch, aren't directly competitive.

I completely agree with regards to Switch not directly competing with PS4/Xbone; this could clearly be seen back in 2017 when PS4 had its best year in spite of Switch joining the fray.

There were a fair few people though, mostly fanboys to be fair, who insisted that Switch was only succeeding because it was "up against" older platforms and that once PS5 and the next Xbox arrived, Switch sales would collapse. 

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

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trunkswd said:
1,191,358 N/A 118,671 1,483,910
857,197 349,697 20,993 1,345,386
282,608 216,851 117,577 722,176
30,660 71,480 2,994 116,301
32,159 8,340 22 45,288
753 686 451 2,198

Be sure to share the Weekly breakdown article:

Despite having a staggered launch over the course of two weeks the PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console with 1,483,910 consoles sold for the week ending November 14, according to VGChartz estimates.

The PS5 launched in North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea for this week. The PS5 had a bigger launch in North America, Australia, and New Zealand than its predecessor, the PS4, while it had a smaller launch in Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.

Microsoft launched its next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and S, in 40 countries worldwide for the week. The consoles sold a combined 1,345,386 units worldwide in its launch week. This is a bigger launch than the Xbox One, which sold 1.1 million units in its first week, and is the biggest launch in Xbox history. 

The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S are expected to be severely supply constrained through at least early 2021 as any consoles that become available have been selling out in a matter of minutes. 

The Nintendo Switch was the third best-selling console with sales of 722,176 consoles sold. This was followed by the PlayStation 4 with 116,301 units, the Xbox One with 45,288 units, and the Nintendo 3DS with 2,198 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are up 142,544 units (24.6%). The PlayStation 4 is down 211,809 units (-64.6%), the Xbox One is down 33,696 units (-42.7%), and the 3DS is down 18,027 units (-89.1%).

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. PlayStation 5 - 1,483,910 (1,483,910) - NEW
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 1,345,386 (1,345,386) - NEW
  3. Switch - 722,176 (69,260,049)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 116,301 (113,896,240)
  5. Xbox One - 45,288 (48,548,670)
  6. 3DS - 2,198 (75,826,987)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 1,259,270 - NEW
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 898,208 - NEW
  3. Switch - 303,703
  4. Xbox One - 34,706
  5. PlayStation 4 - 32,946
  6. 3DS - 812
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Xbox Series X|S - 349,697 - NEW
  2. Nintendo Switch - 216,851
  3. PlayStation 4 - 71,480
  4. Xbox One - 8,340
  5. 3DS - 686
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 172,632
  2. PlayStation 5 - 152,516 - NEW
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 28,230 - NEW
  4. PlayStation 4 - 8,487
  5. 3DS - 617
  6. Xbox One - 226
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 72,124 - NEW
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 69,251 - NEW
  3. Switch - 28,990
  4. PlayStation 4 - 3,388
  5. Xbox One - 1,882
  6. 3DS - 83

Since we're a week behind, can you comment on how big of a boost AOC provided the Switch outside of Japan in Week 47?

KT confirmed ~3M shipped/digital for the launch weekend, which suggests ~2.3-2.8M sell-through, around 85-90% of Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee performance (3M sell-through on launch weekend).  Except in this case, Japan is the much weaker market (JP physical representing 5-8% of total sales, compared to 22% for LGPE).  So US/Europe were massively strong (like 70% of SSBU opening, except in the week right before Black Friday), and I'd expect that to help boost hardware considerably.

I guess WOW is the only adequate comment.
Gratz PS5 and XBSX/S for their launches and gratz NS too for selling so well even during such great competitor launches.

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What were Switch launch numbers?


Dallinor said:

What were Switch launch numbers?

1.5 million. It didn't have a staggered launch across different regions though, IIRC.,and%2085%2C000%20in%20the%20UK.

So it sold more than Xbox Series at launch, but less than PS5 once you add in Europe's delayed numbers.

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Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

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The DualSense controller for the PS5 should help be a system seller for the PS5. Absolutely everyone that I've had check out Astro's Playroom is enamored with it. Truly a revolutionary controller. Nintendo and Sony do a great job of fine tuning/pushing the industry in different ways.

Didn't Xbox sell 1,345 million? How is it half than Switch?

Elputoxd said:

Didn't Xbox sell 1,345 million? How is it half than Switch?

My bad, I accidentally looked at the wrong row in the graph.

Switch still had a bigger opening than Xbox Series, but only but around 150k.

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Just noticed that if these numbers hold then PS5 just had the largest week of all time in the USA, ahead of XB360's 1.06M for Black Friday 2011.