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PS5 Sales Skyrocket to Best Week of 2022 - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Nov 6-12

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 463,213 units sold for the week ending November 12, 2022, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 115.18 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 451,139 units to bring its lifetime sales to 26.01 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 230,013 units to bring their lifetime sales to 18.22 million units.

The PlayStation 5 had its best week of 2022 this week due the launch of God of War: Ragnarök and Sony shipping far more PS5 consoles this week. This is the best week for PS5 sales since the week ending December 25, 2021, where it sold 516,118 units.

PS5 sales compared to the same week for the PS4 in 2015 are down by nearly 145,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same week for the Xbox One are down by nearly 90,000 units. PS4 sold 595,946 units for the week ending November 14, 2015 and Xbox One sales were at 310,007 units.

Some reasons for the drop in sales generation-on-generation is this is the week after the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, as well as the week Fallout 4 released for the PS4 and Xbox One and Rise of the Tomb Raider released for the Xbox One. PS5 and Xbox Series X continue to have limited stock relative to demand.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 1,487 units, while the Xbox One sold 95 units.

PlayStation 5 sales compared to the same week a year ago are up by 135,871 (43.1%), while Xbox Series X|S sales are up by 17,555 units (8.3%) and Nintendo Switch sales are down by 98,019 units (-17.5%).

The PlayStation 4 is down 27,225 units (-94.8%) year-over-year and the Xbox One is down 4,087 units (-97.7%).

Looking at sales week-on-week, the Nintendo Switch sales are up by over 27,000 units, PlayStation 5 sales are up by over 175,000 units, and Xbox Series X|S sales are up by over 19,000 units.

2022 year-to-date, the Nintendo Switch has sold an estimated 13.46 million units, the PlayStation 5 has sold 9.01 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S has sold 6.95 million units.

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 463,213 (115,176,785)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 451,139 (26,010,985)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 230,013 (18,218,421)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,487 (117,015,472)
  5. Xbox One - 95 (51,278,558)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 224,643
  2. Switch - 156,240
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 129,624
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,001
  5. Xbox One - 66
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 139,413
  2. Switch - 135,530
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 68,563
  4. PlayStation 4 - 311
  5. Xbox One - 23
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 156,035
  2. PlayStation 5 - 68,398
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 19,214
  4. PlayStation 4 - 154
  5. Xbox One - 3
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 18,685
  2. Switch - 18,408
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 12,612
  4. PlayStation 4 - 21
  5. Xbox One - 3

VGChartz Methodology: Hardware estimates are based on retail sampling and trends in individual countries, which are then extrapolated to represent the wider region. This typically allows us to produce figures that end up being within 10% of the actual totals.

This data is regularly compared against official shipment figures released by the console manufacturers and figures estimated by regional trackers with greater market coverage than ourselves. We then update our own estimates to bring them into line with those figures. This can result in frequent changes often within a short space of time, but we feel it's important to prioritise accuracy over consistency.

Note that our estimates are based on sell-through data (units sold to consumers). In almost all cases the figures released by console manufacturers are based on shipment data (sell-in), where as soon as a device has left the factory and entered the supply chain for delivery it is considered a sale. This is why there is always a difference between the companies’ figures (sell-in) and VGChartz estimates (sell-through), even after we’ve made adjustments. The one exception to that is when a console has been discontinued and the remaining stock has finally sold out – at that point the figures will match.



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Good Playstation numbers.



...to avoid getting banned for inactivity, I may have to resort to comments that are of a lower overall quality and or beneath my moral standards.

Haha. That headline sure does bury the lead, though, doesn’t it? Switch takes the week!



Over 1 million hardware units sold that week! Kind of surprised PS5 couldn't surpass Switch that week but all 3 of them pulled in great numbers.



Not gonna lie, I expected a bit more from Ragnarök week. Are Sony still hogging those 3.3M stockpiled consoles or what?



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I still think the PS5 is undertracked for the week



One of those units was mine!



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Solid PS5 week for God of War launch, though nothing crazy.
Switch still won the week I guess simply by shipping more systems than normal (and some people picking up Christmas presents early).

Will be interesting to see what kind of numbers PS5 can put up these holidays given that they apparently have a bunch of extra stock stored up for the holidays unlike last year, just had one of the few really huge releases so far on the system, and at two years old now PS5 should be starting to move into the best part of its sales lifecycle.


It's not even Pokemon week yet. Switch outsells PS5's big holiday release the week before its own big holiday release...damn! And it sounds like this could possibly be the largest pokemon launch of all time, or at least very close to it. Switch doing 463k with no big game this week and in the last week before holiday season starts is a great sign for Nintendo. Next week is going to be huge for Switch with the Pokemon launch. Then Black Friday after that. Then a few more weeks of Chirstmas holiday sales. Probably 2 weeks until Switch passes PS4, and probably 4 weeks (maaaybe 3) until it passes GB to move into 3rd place all-time.



super_etecoon said:

Haha. That headline sure does bury the lead, though, doesn’t it? Switch takes the week!

Nope. Just wait till adjustments as it happens almost every time .. I guarantee you this week after 2-3 months when you go in to hardware by date switch will be less than the PS5



yo33331 said:
super_etecoon said:

Haha. That headline sure does bury the lead, though, doesn’t it? Switch takes the week!

Nope. Just wait till adjustments as it happens almost every time .. I guarantee you this week after 2-3 months when you go in to hardware by date switch will be less than the PS5

I agree, that's certainly possible.  But the fact that the almost 6 year old Switch can hang tough with the PS5 during Ragnarok week is mighty impressive, especially when you consider that Pokemon isn't until next week.  I know a lot is due to stock, but I actually saw PS5s available both online and in store last week for the very first time.  I have to say, I was expecting Sony to win this week by a fair amount.

There's no doubt Switch will win next week though - by an uncontestable amount - and there's a good chance that every week for the remainder of the year goes to Switch as well when you consider Nintendo's holiday boost and Sony's stock limitations.