Ampere Analysis has carried out market estimates regarding the sales of next-gen consoles and it appears that PS5 sold twice as much as Xbox Series X/S in 2021, precisely in the first quarter.
In fact, the consoles sold by PlayStation would be 2.83 million, while those of Xbox Series X/S would amount to 1.31 million. We would like to clarify that these results cannot be defined as completely reliable, but since these are market estimates, the figures are certainly approximate.
Nevertheless, the real winner of the first quarter of 2021 would be neither PS5 nor Xbox Series X/S, but Nintendo Switch, which dominates the console market sales, certainly not completely new.
Nintendo Switch would have sold 5.86 million again according to Ampere Analysis estimates. The latest estimates of the Kyoto house continue its commercial success inexorably, so much so that the copies of consoles shipped have reached 85 million.
Going back to the next-gen if there is one thing that has been problematic for both Sony/Microsoft since the launch is definitely the shortage of stocks. PlayStation seems to have filled the stocks more, in the moments in which the console was made available for purchase and therefore this factor would explain this gap between PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
Furthermore, the shortage of components, including chips, for the new generation consoles has drastically impacted the sales results. That said, Sony shared some interesting data and reported that 7.8 million PS5s have currently been sold, as well as seeing an increase in PlayStation Plus users.
On the other hand, it cannot be said that things have gone worse, quite the contrary. Microsoft has seen a 232% increase in hardware terms thanks to Xbox Series X/S and services are always growing thanks to the success of the Xbox Game Pass.