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Forums - Sales Discussion - Switch Sales Climb, PS5 Sales Drop Below 100K - Global Hardware May 8-14

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The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 316,866 units sold for the week ending May 14, 2022, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 107.97 million units lifetime.

The Xbox Series X|S sold 120,791 units to bring their lifetime sales to 14.69 million units. The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 98,149 units to bring its lifetime sales to 19.72 million units.

There was very little PS5 stock in the US and Japan, while there was little Xbox Series X stock in the US for the week. This is the main reason for the drop in sales week-on-week.

PS5 sales compared to the same week for the PS4 in 2015 are down by nearly 62,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same week for the Xbox One are up by nearly 58,000 units. PS4 sold 159,781 units for the week ending May 16, 2015 and Xbox One sales were at 63,083 units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 11,489 units, and the Xbox One sold 619 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are down by 72m432 units (-18.6%), while the PlayStation 5 is down by 122,048 (-55.4%) and the Xbox Series X|S is up 22,951 units (23.5%).

The PlayStation 4 is down 33,045 units (-74.2%) year-over-year and the Xbox One is down 16,900 units (-96.5%).

Looking at sales week-on-week, Nintendo Switch sales are up by over 26,000 units, PlayStation 5 sales are down by over 57,000 units, and Xbox Series X|S sales are down by over 16,000 units.

2022 year-to-date, the Nintendo Switch has sold an estimated 5.98 million units, the Xbox Series X|S has sold 2.90 million units, and the PlayStation 5 has sold 2.74 million units.

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 316,866 (107,974,872)
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 120,791 (14,686,559)
  3. PlayStation 5 - 98,149 (19,717,813)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 11,489 (116,867,080)
  5. Xbox One - 619 (50,526,916)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 128,244
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 68,647
  3. PlayStation 5 - 33,197
  4. PlayStation 4 - 6,933
  5. Xbox One - 503
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 80,493
  2. PlayStation 5- 45,080
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 32,014
  4. PlayStation 4 - 4,236
  5. Xbox One - 101
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 94,308
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 15,916
  3. PlayStation 5 - 12,955
  4. PlayStation 4 - 162
  5. Xbox One - 9
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 13,821
  2. PlayStation 5 - 6,917
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 4,214
  4. PlayStation 4 - 158
  5. Xbox One - 6


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

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

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The extreme drop in PS5 sales in Japan was a good indicator of low stock.



Kakadu18 said:

The extreme drop in PS5 sales in Japan was a good indicator of low stock.

Yes agreed. There was also far less PS5 stock in the US than in previous weeks. Stock in Europe wasn't too bad. Only down slightly week-over-week.



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

Even with stock issues, it blows my mind that the Xbox Series outsold the PS5 in Japan.
Sony seems to have given up mostly in Japan for over 5 years now. Microsoft is taking what they can get.



Lifetime Sales Predictions 

Switch: 144 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

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Kakadu18 said:

The extreme drop in PS5 sales in Japan was a good indicator of low stock.

It should also be noted that For Xbox Series only 105 were series X and over 6k were series S.



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Chicho said:
Kakadu18 said:

The extreme drop in PS5 sales in Japan was a good indicator of low stock.

It should also be noted that For Xbox Series only 105 were series X and over 6k were series S.

Xbox Series S is also the majority of Xbox Series sales in Spain and I would assume it is the same case worldwide. But we don't get the split in sales for the Series X and Series S, except in Japan and Spain.



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

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

Wman1996 said:

Even with stock issues, it blows my mind that the Xbox Series outsold the PS5 in Japan.
Sony seems to have given up mostly in Japan for over 5 years now. Microsoft is taking what they can get.

Sony has shipped the same amount of PS5s in Japan as they did PS4s in the same period. Shortages are causing wild fluctuations but the actual accumulative shipments don't signal giving up. The PS3/PS4/Wii sold around 10m each. Sonys shipments to Japan place it along a similar trajectory based on past Playstation performance. 



Sony has a major problem on their hands. Hopefully things work out. Lots of momentum for Xbox while the Switch continues to coast.



I have a feeling the rest of May and most of June are going to be pretty barren sales wise for Xbox and PlayStation



This... is a disaster for Sony. Some customers won't wait out restocks.