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PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 - Aligned Sales Comparison - December 2015 Update

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 - Aligned Sales Comparison - December 2015 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 January 2016 / 49,501 Views

This monthly series compares the combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with the combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The gap has grown for 11 straight months in favor of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The gap in the latest month grew by a massive 2,-26,917 units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 19.69 million units.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 26 months have sold a combined 35.52 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 55.22 million units.

The PlayStation 4 by itself has now sold more by itself than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 combined during the same amount of time. The PlayStation 4 by itself leads by 256,169 units.

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 35,529,288

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 55,216,329

Total Lead: 19,687,041 – PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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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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28 Comments
Azuren (on 16 January 2016)

And this is why 8th gen is doing better for games than 7th did. 7the was all fluff sales- a bunch of people buying the Wii as a fad and not buying any of its games. Just had to get Wii Sports, and nothing else (aside from more Wii Sports).

It was all casuals. It didn't represent growth as an industry. But the PS4 and XB1? Those are gamers. The people who bought Wii U's? Those are gamers. When we pull up the aligned comparison for Wii vs Wii U, that gap will represent all the chuds who bought a Wii with no intention of being a gamer at all. Heck, the aligned comparison for 7th vs 8th gives a pretty good example, too.

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Shadow1980 Azuren (on 18 January 2016)

The Wii actually did have a pretty decent attach rate. Even if we exclude the Wii Series (Sports, Sports Resort, Play, Fit, & Fit Plus, which were all bundled either with the system or a major accessory), the Wii still has an attach rate of about 7.6 games per system. People were buying the games. I've always doubted that "casuals" were the primary driving force of Wii sales.

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Shadow1980 Azuren (on 18 January 2016)

Oh, and that being said, sales of "conventional" console are indeed doing quite well. I do agree that the Wii inflated overall seventh-gen sales, even though I disagree with common theories of why it sold. With or without the Wii U, console sales are still doing very well. Combined PS4 & XBO sales alone are still tracking roughly on pace with combined PS2 & OXbox sales in the U.S., and that's a good thing for the market.

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Azuren Azuren (on 18 January 2016)

Except no, not really. First of all, each Wii shipped with Wii Sports for a good long time, and guess what? That title is the best selling Wii title by more than DOUBLE the next one. That next one? Mario Kart Wii, which ALSO shipped with the Wii for... Well, it still does. Then you have Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit, Wii Play, Wii Fit Plus... Of the top seven, only one game wasn't a casual game and didn't ship with a console, and it had to be a legitimate Mario game to do so.

And after that top 7? It plummets in sales numbers again, nearly a 10 million unit drop to Smash Bros, and then to Mario again. That 7.6 attach rate can almost entirely be explained by casuals lapping up those casual titles, so again, no: There wasn't a good attach rate for gamers. It was a casual fad that passed. Otherwise we'd see truly good games up at the top, like Galaxy or Brawl, not bundled-in casual games.

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Shadow1980 Azuren (on 18 January 2016)

Read my post again. I did exclude the Wii Series. I said, and I quote: "Even if we exclude the Wii Series..." Those five games did represent a huge chunk of the Wii's lifetime software sales, and they got that way mainly by being bundled with either the system or a major accessory. But even if you exclude them the Wii has an attach rate of about 7.6 games/system, which is not bad. People didn't just buy the Wii Series. I somehow doubt "casuals," soccer moms, and old folks were going out and buying an additional 7-8 games at $50 a pop to supplement their copies of Wii Sports and Wii Play. There's too much stuff the "casuals" theory fails to explain. While the system likely did have a substantial periphery demographic, I doubt it was the majority.

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Azuren Azuren (on 18 January 2016)

And you're forgetting that the Wii titles at the top aren't the only ones, and that they don't make up all of the casual titles. For every normal game that sold, there was also a crummy fitness/casual/party game. Allowing established games (ie, Mario Party, M&S Olympics, etc) and even standard shovelware to remain in the list, that attach rate drops to 5.2 when you remove the fad cash-ins. ZUMBA FITNESS sold more than Donkey Kong Country Returns, for crying out loud.

People can lie to themselves and spin facts, but the Wii was a fad that catered to casuals, and the loss of those casuals makes it look like the industry is failing. It's not, the Wit's hot air is just deflating.

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Shadow1980 Azuren (on 18 January 2016)

You can thumb me down all you want. I seek proof, not conjecture. The claims that the Wii's sales were driven primarily by "casuals" and non-gamers have been treated as axiomatic by most for year, but saying that something is self-evident doesn't make it true. There are several lines of evidence suggesting that the Wii was bought primarily by the same people that owned a PS3 and/or 360. Meanwhile, I have yet to see a single survey or study that suggests that the majority or even a large minority (say, 30+%) of Wii owners were people who would otherwise have never bought a console. The Wii wasn't a "hardcore" console like the PS3 & 360, but that doesn't mean that the majority of people who bought the Wii were soccer moms and old folks. The evidence suggests that most Wiis were sold to regular gamers.

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Azuren Azuren (on 18 January 2016)

Yeah, okay. Good luck with that.

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padib Azuren (on 20 January 2016)

This graph doesn't even take the Wii into account... It's PS4+X1 vs PS3+X360!!!

So it's comparing the 8th gen against the 7th gen excluding the Wii. So if you consider Wii users fluff owners, there were people who bought the PS3 and X360 so that you can properly compare.

It is so sad that your comment go so many upvotes, but again it reflects how much the community does not think through when using the thumb system.

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Rogerioandrade (on 18 January 2016)

People are just forgetting that both PS3 and Xbox360 had awful first and second years.... just saying

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Ganoncrotch (on 17 January 2016)

Even tho the PS4 is an absolute beast for sales being able to handle both the sales of the X360 and Ps3 combined, the X1 is in no way a failure sales wise. If you were to have 2 systems in the running with the X1's sales of 19.4m so far you'd have Gen 8 sitting at 38.8m units, still 3.3m units ahead of 7th gen at this time.

Core gamers purchasing of consoles has only gone up this gen, on both sides of the fence, those who want a bit of casual light gaming have just found other easier ways to get that via facebook and mobile phone games.

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CaptainExplosion (on 17 January 2016)

Well I guess this is refreshing news. :)

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Bofferbrauer (on 17 January 2016)

The gap should start to rise slower this year. Not because this gen slowing down (which it probably won't), but because 7th Gen will have 6 more millions than compared to the last year. I guess the line might recede a bit over the year until the holiday sales rectify the course again.

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kooltrex (on 17 January 2016)

Awesome the PS4 AND XB1 are doing so well!

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Angelv577 (on 17 January 2016)

I am more surprised that ps4 alone is above ps3/xb360 combined.

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Qwark (on 17 January 2016)

The PlayStation 4 is becoming a legend at this rate, it seems like the core console market is doing better than ever. It sure shows consoles have the right price/power ratio at this moment and a pretty good stream of software (even though this gen relies a bit more on third party than the7th). The Wii and DS audience have moved on to more accesible and multifunctional devices. So that's why 8th gen is down in total but the core market is luckily still very much alive.

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ps_wiro (on 16 January 2016)

PS4 more than PS3 and Xbox 360 combined sales says it all! The PS4 is just beast, and that is all really course there is no Wii this gen, at least a gimmick that appeals to the casual market the way the Wii did...

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Ganoncrotch ps_wiro (on 17 January 2016)

Well, tablet gaming appeals to the casual market just fine... the only issue that the Wii-U has is that there is a far easier option when it comes to tablet gaming.... that is using a tablet for it lol.

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ps_wiro ps_wiro (on 17 January 2016)

I do agree with you on that completely, but I was revering to the console market specificity.

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GameAnalyser (on 19 January 2016)

However the article fails to bring in the X1 numbers.

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padib (on 17 January 2016)
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