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PS4 vs PS3 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2016 Update

PS4 vs PS3 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2016 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 May 2016 / 39,581 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.

PS4 Vs. PS3 in Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 16,908 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 287,926 – PS4

Total Lead: 416,529 – PS3

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 2,646,371

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 3,062,900

March 2016 is the 29th month of the PlayStation 4 being on sale. The gap decreased during the month when compared to the PlayStation 3’s 29th month on sale by 16,908 units in favor of the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 3 currently leads by 416,529 units.

Both consoles launched in November. The PlayStation 3 launched in November 2006, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. The PlayStation 4 has sold 3.06 million units in its first 29 months, while its predecessor the PlayStation 3 sold 2.65 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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kivi95 (on 09 May 2016)

PS4 launched 22th February 2014 in Japan not in November 2013.

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Shadow1980 (on 12 May 2016)

Whoa. Hold on a sec. This is supposed to be launch-aligned right? If so, then a big mistake was made. As of the end of Week 13 (the last week of March) of this year, the PS4's 112th week overall, Media Create had the PS4 at 2,683,760, so this article is on the mark with that. However, the PS3 wasn't anywhere close to 3 million by its 112th week, which was the next to last week of 2008. Media Create had it at 2,576,484, Famitsu had it at 2,616,049, and VGC had it at 2,644,591. The PS3 figure cited in the article was VGC's total as of the Week ending April 5, 2009. So, Mr. D'Angelo must have accidentally aligned to where March 2016 for the PS4 matches up to March 2008 for the PS3, thus giving the PS3 an extra three months worth of sales here. If the sales comparison here is supposed to be monthly and launch-aligned, then the PS4's sales as of the end of March need to be aligned to where the PS3 was at the end of December 2008.

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CosmicSex (on 08 May 2016)

In before article edit:
"The PlayStation 3 currently leads by 416,529 million units."
The PS3 leads b 416 billion units according to this article which basically means that every person in Japan has about 3000-4000 PS3s.

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trunkswd CosmicSex (on 08 May 2016)

Thanks for letting me know. Fixed.

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Jranation (on 09 May 2016)

A very close one! We'll see if it can reach 10mil+!

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