PS5 vs PS4 Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 19
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William D’Angelo
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This weekly mini-series compares the aligned launch sales of the PlayStation 5 with its predecessor, the PlayStation 4. 

The first week for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending November 14, 2020, while for the PlayStation 4 it is the week ending November 16, 2013.

The two consoles had a staggered launch with the PlayStation 5 launching November 12, 2020 in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, and the rest of the world on November 19, 2020. The PlayStation 4 launched in North America on November 15, 2013, in Europe on November 29, 2013, and in Japan on February 22, 2014.

PS5 Vs. PS4 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 38,587  – PS4

Gap change over last month: 126,658 – PS5

Total Lead: 107,122 – PS4

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 6,503,475

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 6,610,597

During week 19, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 by 38,587  units. In the last month, the PlayStation 5 has closed the gap by 126,658 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently behind by 107,122 units. 

The PlayStation 5 has sold 6.50 million units in 19 weeks, while the PlayStation 4 sold 6.61 million units. Week 19 for the PlayStation 5 is the week ending March 20, 2021 and it is the week ending March 21, 2014 for the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 sold 207,320 units in its 20th week to bring its lifetime sales to 6.82 million units. The PlayStation 5 would need to sell 314,442 units in its 20th week to catch up to the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 crossed seven million sold units in week 21, eight million sold in week 28, and nine million units sold in week 33.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D’Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let’s Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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