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7th Gen vs 8th Gen - Aligned Sales Comparison – March 2016 Update

7th Gen vs 8th Gen - Aligned Sales Comparison – March 2016 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 May 2016 / 37,311 Views

This monthly series compares the combined aligned sales of the 7th generation platforms with the 8th generation platforms. The two charts compare the home consoles as well as handhelds.

This first chart compares aligned home console sales between the 7th and 8th generations. That is the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii combined sales aligned, versus the combined aligned sales of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U.

The 8th generation has struggled to keep up with the 7th generation. After closing the gap slightly in November it has grown for four straight months. Poor Wii U sales compared to the Wii is the main reason the 8th gen is behind. The gap increased by 723,135 units.

The 7th generation home consoles in its first 29 months sold 87.27 million units, while the 8th generation consoles have sold 70.01 million units. The 7th gen currently leads by 17.19 million units.

7th Generation Total Combined Home Console Sales: 87,274,730

8th Generation Total Combined Home Console Sales: 70,083,296

Total Lead: 17,191,434 – 7th Generation

 

This second chart is comparing aligned handheld sales between the 7th and 8th generations. That is the DS and PSP combined sales aligned, versus the combined aligned sales of the 3DS and PlayStation Vita.

The 8th generation has fallen 1.72 million units behind the 7th generation during the month of March. The current gap sits at 78.48 million units.

The 7th generation handhelds in its first 52 months sold 145.11 million units, which is more than double the 8th generation. The 8th generation handhelds have sold 66.63 million units.

7th Generation Total Combined Handheld Sales: 145,107,309

8th Generation Total Combined Handheld Sales: 66,627,756

Total Lead: 78,479,553 – 7th Generation

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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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9 Comments
S.Peelman (on 05 May 2016)

Lol that handheld graph. :-P
Anyway pretty mindboggling this Gen 7 advantage, which is still growing fast, is basically all because of the Wii.

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trunkswd S.Peelman (on 05 May 2016)

The Wii vs Wii U is the only reason the 7th gen is ahead.

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Azuren S.Peelman (on 05 May 2016)

Nintendo: from massive success to massive flop.

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Qwark (on 05 May 2016)

I expect Uncharted to pack a punch for May so 8th gen might win at least one month this year

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solidpumar (on 04 May 2016)

What generation will be NX?

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trunkswd solidpumar (on 04 May 2016)

That is a good question. Wii U is 8th gen, so I guess 9th gen?

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If we count the NX as 9th generation, will we see 7th gen vs 8th gen vs 9th gen comparisons?

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IkePoR solidpumar (on 05 May 2016)

Generation (N)X

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trunkswd solidpumar (on 05 May 2016)

I will do an NX vs Wii U comparison. If NX does well enough I can add in Wii.

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