Sony PS5 Sales Outpace Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X Combined in 2023

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According to recent sales data from VGChartz, the Sony PlayStation 5 (PS5) sales exceed the combined sales of the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X consoles from January to April 2023. In addition, the sales outlook is similar when comparing the data for the same period from 2020 to 2023. This is a significant achievement for Sony, as the PS5 is the most expensive console on the market and has faced supply chain issues since its launch in 2020. In this article, we will take a closer look at the sales figures and what they mean for the gaming industry.

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The report reveals that between January to April 2023, the sales of the PS5 in the global console market hit 6.92 million units. This is a year-on-year increase of 178.1% and it accounts for 50% of the market. As for Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Xbox Series X, they sold 4.35 million units and 1.89 units, down 19.8% and 25.4% year-over-year, respectively.

Sony PS5 Sales

VGChartz also reveals that the PS5 sold 6.72 million units year-to-date through November 5, 2022. The Xbox Series X|S sold 4.18 million units, while the Nintendo Switch sold 10.13 million units during the same period. However, the Nintendo Switch had a 46% market share in 2022, which is higher than expected.

In January 2023, Nintendo announced that the Switch had been the best-selling console for many years. However, in February 2023, PlayStation Lifestyle reported that the PS5 was “comfortably” beating both the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S consoles in Europe.

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Sony PS5 Sales

In Q1 2023, the PS5 had a 369% year-on-year rise in sales in Europe, while the Switch was down by 18% and the Xbox Series X|S was down by 10%. This suggests that the PS5 is gaining momentum in the market, while the other consoles are losing ground.

According to the report, the sales volume of PS5 in the first quarter of 2023 far exceeds that of the other two competitors, especially in the North American and European markets. The Xbox Series X|S and Switch have certain advantages in Asia and other regions.

Reasons for Success

There are several reasons why the PS5 has been so successful in the market. Firstly, Sony has a loyal fan base that has been eagerly awaiting the release of the PS5. Secondly, the PS5 has a strong lineup of exclusive games, such as “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Demon’s Souls,” which have helped to drive sales. Thirdly, the PS5 has a more powerful processor and graphics card than the Xbox Series X|S, which has made it more attractive to gamers who want the best possible performance.

Challenges Ahead

Despite its success, the PS5 still faces several challenges in the market. Firstly, the console is the most expensive on the market, which makes it less accessible to some gamers. Secondly, the PS5 has faced supply chain issues since its launch, which has made it difficult for some gamers to purchase the console. Thirdly, the Nintendo Switch has a larger market share than the PS5, which means that Sony still has some work to do to catch up.


In the entire life cycle, PS5 has sold 37,439,537 units, with a market share of 20.3%, Xbox Series X|S has sold 21,669,400 units, with a market share of 11.8%, and Switch has sold 125,055,820 units, with a market share of 67.9%. The Nintendo Switch has been in the market since 2017 while the PS5 and XSX hit the market in 2020.


The sales figures for the PS5 are impressive and suggest that Sony has a strong position in the gaming market. However, the console still faces several challenges, and it remains to be seen whether it can maintain its momentum in the coming years. Nevertheless, the success of the PS5 is a testament to Sony’s ability to innovate and create products that resonate with gamers.

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1 Comment

  1. August 6, 2023

    You need to report on how many units Sony produced VS Nintendo and MS. This plays the leading factor as the PS5 sales rose during the shortages which makes sense why they would sell more units.