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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 May 2016 / 41,220 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 by 6,042,111 units in the last five months. Poor Wii U sales compared to the Wii is the main reason the 8th gen is behind. The gap increased by 702,780 units in the last month and 11,730,629 units in the last 12 months.

The 7th generation home consoles in its first 30 months sold 89.16 million units, while the 8th generation consoles have sold 71.13 million units. The 7th gen currently leads by 18.03 million units.

7th Generation Total Combined Home Console Sales: 89,157,094

8th Generation Total Combined Home Console Sales: 71,129,992

Total Lead: 18,027,102 – 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 2.00 million units behind the 7th generation during the month of April and 29.3 million units in the last 12 months. The current gap sits at 81.81 million units.

The 7th generation handhelds in its first 53 months sold 147.62 million units, which is more than double the 8th generation. The 8th generation handhelds have sold 65.81 million units.

7th Generation Total Combined Handheld Sales: 147,623,273

8th Generation Total Combined Handheld Sales: 65,810,879

Total Lead: 81,812,394 – 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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7 Comments
COKTOE (on 19 May 2016)

The Wii U is a tablet add-on for the Wii.

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bettergetdave (on 19 May 2016)

I wonder if they took the WiiU out and it's poor performance how that would compare 7th and 8th gen. Regardless it does look like fewer consoles owned than last gen regardless. Does that mean less demand though? What was the price of the Wii and was it comparable to the WiiU? Are people just sitting on the bench waiting for a new Nintendo console given the potential short life cycle of the WiiU?

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trunkswd bettergetdave (on 20 May 2016)

I have another article that looks at that. "PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 - Aligned Sales Comparison - April 2016 Update"

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Stoneysilence (on 19 May 2016)

And people say that cell phones and tablets haven't hurt handheld sales...

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trunkswd Stoneysilence (on 20 May 2016)

At the current pace handheld sales will be 1/3 of what they were in the 7th gen.

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