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Hardware Chart 31st Dec 2022

 
142,998 130,261 167,987 542,735
138,849 99,109 59,621 382,561
110,947 63,459 1,152 211,634
1,064 585 2,769 4,609
47 28 N/A 87

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NS Sells 121M, PS5 Sales Up 36% Year-on-Year - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Dec 25-31

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 542,735 units sold for the week ending December 31, 2022, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 121.00 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 382,561 units to bring its lifetime sales to 30.63 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 211,634 units to bring their lifetime sales to 20.36 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same week for the PS4 in 2015 are down by over 145,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same week for the Xbox One are down by nearly 20,000 units. PS4 sold 527,627 units for the week ending January 2, 2016 and Xbox One sales were at 231,148 units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 4,609 units, while the Xbox One sold 87 units.

PlayStation 5 sales compared to the same week a year ago are up by 53,497 (36.3%), while Xbox Series X|S sales are essentially flat with sales up just 48 units (0.02%) and Nintendo Switch sales are down by 35,183 units (-6.1%).

The PlayStation 4 is down 14,195 units (-75.5%) year-over-year and the Xbox One is down 1,516 units (-94.6%).

Looking at sales week-on-week, the PlayStation 5 sales are down by over 321,000 units, Xbox Series X|S sales are down by nearly 259,000 units, and Nintendo Switch sales are down by over 378,000 units.

2022 year-to-date, the Nintendo Switch has sold an estimated 19.59 million units, the PlayStation 5 has sold 13.64 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S has sold 9.29 million units.

This is the final week VGChartz will be tracking Xbox One estimates. PlayStation 4 estimates will continue in 2023.

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 542,735 (121,003,508)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 382,561 (30,626,671)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 211,634 (20,361,136)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 4,609 (117,056,987)
  5. Xbox One - 87 (51,279,334)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 153,753
  2. PlayStation 5 - 147,872
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 119,842
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,131
  5. Xbox One - 50
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 130,261
  2. PlayStation 5 - 99,109
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 63,459
  4. PlayStation 4 - 585
  5. Xbox One - 28
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 240,476
  2. PlayStation 5 - 118,327
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 16,351
  4. PlayStation 4 - 2,831
  5. Xbox One - 4
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 18,245
  2. PlayStation 5 - 17,253
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 11,982
  4. PlayStation 4 - 62
  5. Xbox One - 5

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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I would like microsoft to disclose real xbox numbers.



jvmkdg said:

I would like microsoft to disclose real xbox numbers.

We all would like that as it would mean our estimates would be more accurate. But for now we do the best we can with the limited amount of data available.



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Oof, sales lower all around for the year than I expected.

Coming into 2022 I thought Switch would do about 2m more than it did, definitely thought there was no chance it'd be under 20m.

PS5 in its second full year only selling 13m...ouch! I figured it would at least do over 15m. What happened to the millions of systems they had stocked heading into the Fall?? Just demand wasn't there? Not a great sign for PS5 going forward. Or did they actually sell them but the rest of their year was so low the year figures are still bad?

And Xbox, geez even just at like early December I thought it would get over 10.5m but then holiday sales after Black Friday were at least a couple hundred thousand less per week than I guessed.

Just a really weak year in general other than Switch selling mountains of games, and well of course Switch still sold extremely well for any system historically, just lower than expected for the year. With supply problems clearing up this year though and Nintendo planning to actually increase production (which still seems hard to fathom) maybe 2023 should definitely be a bigger year for the industry.



So Switch ended up being about 20% down which is a significant drop but nearly 20m is still excellent for its age however this should be the last year its on top since even with that report of them increasing production I don't see things changing much unless demand somehow stops declining. 2023 will be 15m at most I think.

PS5 had a really disappointing year due to stock issues having a very large impact particularly in the first half but it still ended up being up for the year after being down a lot months ago so with the stock issues finally mostly over it'll be up a lot for 2023 and might even start catching up with the PS4 due to Europe finally getting at least ok stock.

Xbox Series did overall well being the only system up but after adjustments that just happened it was up significantly less than expected due to the 2nd half of the year not being strong. The awful software lineup is clearly having an impact and now that most people can at last buy a PS5 2023 is kinda a make or break year if they wanna have a shot of doing more than just somewhat better than the Xbox One did. A lot rides on what happens with ABK and the reception to Starfield.

Overall for sure not a great year due to stock issues but 2023 should be notably better.

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Slownenberg said:

PS5 in its second full year only selling 13m...ouch! I figured it would at least do over 15m. What happened to the millions of systems they had stocked heading into the Fall?? Just demand wasn't there? Not a great sign for PS5 going forward. Or did they actually sell them but the rest of their year was so low the year figures are still bad?

It's mostly due to Europe getting a terrible amount of stock this year, not demand. It was down compared to 2021 for most of the year so things are looking up for it with it ending 2022 strong. In Spain it's down 50% compared to PS4 two years in which is about 500k less in just one country so with the stock issues mostly over now there's a lot of potential due to pent up demand.



Switch almost reached 20M year-to-date. Nintendo will be very happy if Switch can maintain the 6 % decline YoY.



Slownenberg said:

PS5 in its second full year only selling 13m...ouch! I figured it would at least do over 15m. What happened to the millions of systems they had stocked heading into the Fall?? Just demand wasn't there? Not a great sign for PS5 going forward. Or did they actually sell them but the rest of their year was so low the year figures are still bad?

They sold them lol. You might want to look at how abysmal PS5 stock levels were for the first half of 2022 to find your answer. 



19,59 million

So close yet so far



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So Vgchartz estimates for the Quarter are:

NSW: 8.17 million
PS4: 6.63 million
XBS: 3.74 million

I hope NSW was undertracked because that is a 2.5 million decline from the same quarter last year.