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3DS vs PSP – VGChartz Gap Charts – July 2016 Update

3DS vs PSP – VGChartz Gap Charts – July 2016 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 September 2016 / 41,247 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:  9,482 – 3DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,982,788 – PSP

Total Lead: 475,382 – PSP

3DS Total Sales: 58,986,875

PSP Total Sales: 59,462,257

The PSP in the last few months is ahead of the Nintendo 3DS when you align the launches of the two handhelds. In the latest month the gap grew by 9,482 units in favor of the Nintendo 3DS and by 2.98 million units in favor of the PSP in the last 12 months. The PSP currently leads by 475,382 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 58.99 million units in its first 63 months, while the PSP sold 59.46 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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Kerotan (on 08 September 2016)

The PSP is going to win this battle but what a great and interesting battle it's been. Great comparison!

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Teeqoz (on 08 September 2016)

The 3DS will regain the lead for a short while now due to holidays not being aligned.

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Azuren Teeqoz (on 08 September 2016)

I thought 3DS and PSP both launched early in their years?

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Teeqoz Teeqoz (on 08 September 2016)

As the article says, the PSP launched in December, the 3DS launched in february. This can be seen in the graph as that's the reason for the spikes you see. The 3DS gets its holiday shortly before the PSP then get its holiday.

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Azuren Teeqoz (on 08 September 2016)

Ah, right. My memory is hazy on it as PSP is one of the few systems I didn't get at launch.

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Kinneas14 (on 08 September 2016)

The (distant) 2nd seller of last gen is actually ahead of the (clear) 1st seller of this gen.

Mobile phones really hit the handheld market hard.

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GhaudePhaede010 Kinneas14 (on 08 September 2016)

Mobile gaming has also hurt home console sales. Nintendo will barely reach 20 percent of what they sold last generation and PS4 and Xbox One combined will not reach the sales numbers of PS3 and XBOX 360 (at their current sales rates). It is a down generation all around.

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Kinneas14 Kinneas14 (on 09 September 2016)

I guess last gen was an outlier. Lots of people jumped from the Wii to one of the HDTwins and from the X360 to a PS3, that's why I think the number were a bit inflated.

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GhaudePhaede010 Kinneas14 (on 09 September 2016)

I am uncertain if you are trying to say what I think you are saying so I am unsure if what I am saying will apply but...

There is only one of two ways you can look at what mobile gaming's impact:
1) It affects all console sales
2) It has no affect on console sales.

You cannot say, it affected hand held sales but had no impact on home console sales when the drops are abut equally extreme. Either mobile gaming hurt them all or that was an outlier generation/this is a down generation. You cannot have it both ways because then you are neglecting the whole picture.

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Kinneas14 Kinneas14 (on 10 September 2016)

I understand, but do not agree.
In my opinion, mobile gaming did not hurt home consoles sales that much.

I think this generation of home consoles will shift less unit than the last one, because the last generation of home consoles was different from usual (Wii motion control craze, slow PS3 start, long generation cycle).

Then I could be wrong and people are actually shifting from playing on home consoles to phones.

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