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3DS vs PSP VGChartz Gap Charts March 2019 Update - VGChartz
3DS vs PSP  VGChartz Gap Charts  March 2019 Update

3DS vs PSP VGChartz Gap Charts March 2019 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 May 2019 / 1,471 Views

The VGChartz Gap charts are updated monthly and each article focuses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

3DS Vs. PSP Global:

Gap change in latest month: 437,082 – PSP

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,243,501 – PSP

Total Lead: 3,559,910 – PSP

3DS Total Sales: 74,361,832

PSP Total Sales: 77,921,742

In the latest month the gap grew by 437,082 units in favor of the PSP when compared to the 3DS. In the last 12 months the PSP has increased its lead by 1.24 million units. The PSP currently leads by 3.56 million units.

An important note is that the two handhelds launched at different times of the year. The PSP first launched in December 2004, while the 3DS launched in February 2011. The 3DS has sold 74.36 million units, while the PSP sold 77.92 million units.


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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9 Comments

yo33331 (on 09 May 2019)

what happened to PS4&XB1 vs PS3&360 chart ? you haven't update it since december


Bofferbrauer2 (on 07 May 2019)

Shouldn't this get adjusted, now that we know that the PSP actually sold 4M less than we had on the site?


PAOerfulone (on 07 May 2019)

It's a slippery slope since that 76.4 million figure that Sony has for the PSP is as of March 31st, 2012 - Over 7 years ago.
It's not too unreasonable to believe that the PSP could sell an additional 4 million units within that time frame, especially since the Vita had barely launched at the time and wasn't catching any fire any time soon (or ever). But, since Sony never updated the PSP beyond that point, we don't really know. All we know is that the PSP didn't just magically disappear off the shelves on April 1st, 2012 and were never sold again since. They had to keep selling them, Sony just refused to update the figure. It's like what Microsoft is doing with the Xbox One.


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RolStoppable (on 07 May 2019)

About three years ago a Sony representative let it slip in an interview that the PSP sold ~82m during its lifetime, because he forgot for a moment that that would allow people to calculate Vita LTD sales at that time.

In the fiscal year ending March 31st 2013, the PSP and Vita combined for shipments of ~7m units of which about half came from the PSP. Probably even more than half, because the very last official figure that Sony provided for the Vita were 400k shipped during the quarter April to June 2012, so for that quarter it was confirmed that the PSP shipped notably more units than the Vita.


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RolStoppable (on 07 May 2019)

Sources:

Page 8, segment 14. PSP and PSV shipments at 7.0m for the fiscal year ending March 31st 2013.
https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/library/presen/er/12q4_sonypre.pdf

From April to June 2012, PSP and PSV combined for 1.4m units of which only 400k came from PSV.
https://www.polygon.com/gaming/2012/8/20/3255600/sony-sells-2-2m-ps-vita-units-to-date-still-outpaced-by-nintendos-3ds

With the above information you can derive from the first link that the PSP shipped 5m units in the fiscal year ending March 31st 2012 while the PSV shipped 1.8m units. That ratio obviously shifted more in PSV's favor in the fiscal year ending March 31st 2013, but the PSP decline seems to have been on the soft side when it still managed to ship 1m units in the first quarter of the fiscal year alone. I estimate that it's roughly a 50/50 split of the 7.0m between the two handhelds, but there's no definitive answer which one sold better. The Vita was certainly able to gain ground in the holiday quarter because it was much harder pushed than the PSP at that point.


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RolStoppable (on 07 May 2019)

Hm... the comments section must be blocking all posts that contain links. Looks like I can't post the sources for my above comment here.


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RolStoppable (on 07 May 2019)

Weird, my original submission of the sources actually went through despite not showing up even after I had posted my disappointment with the comments section. But my second submission of the sources didn't go through. Maybe that one pops up sometime later.


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curl-6 (on 07 May 2019)

Yeah 3DS ain't ever catching the PSP now.


RolStoppable (on 07 May 2019)

That was clear since quite some time. Heck, three years ago the consensus had shifted towards the 3DS not even passing 70m because its pace slowed down so much in year 4 and 5.

The 3DS's life had huge swings. Originally expected to sell more than 100m units, eventually excepted to fall short of 70m. In relation to 70m it ended up doing better than expected, but overall it has to be said that its performance disappointed for most of its life. It had six versions, the most of any Nintendo handheld, but still ended up with the lowest lifetime sales.


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