PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 - Aligned Sales Comparison - December 2016 Update

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 - Aligned Sales Comparison - December 2016 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 February 2017 / 49,901 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 grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in December 2016 for the second month in a row. The gap in the latest month grew by 246,923 units and has grown by 1.37 million units in the last 12 months. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 22.14 million units.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 38 months have sold a combined 59.60 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 81.75 million units.

The PlayStation 4 by itself had been keeping up with the combined sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, however, it has started falling further behind. The PlayStation 4 is now behind by 5.80 million units.

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 59,600,717

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 81,745,392

Total Lead: 22,144,675 – PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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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Siosal (on 06 February 2017)

What am I supposed to be seeing with a single line going across a chart?

Dark_Lord_2008 (on 04 February 2017)

ps4 will sell over 120 million sales life time. xbox one only needs to sell 50 million sales to help the psone outsell ps360.

JWeinCom (on 04 February 2017)

PS360 should take this in the end. PS3 and 360 combines sold about 170 million units. If we assume that PS4 sells as well as the Wii, then the XBone would have to sell about 70 million to make up the difference. At its current rate of about 8 million per year, it would take a little over five years to get there. Not going to happen. The only other scenario where PSONE comes out ahead is if the XBone continues on its current trajectory, and the PS4 sells 120 millionish... That would require selling at its current rate for just under 4 years. Also unlikely.

Qwark (on 05 February 2017)

If the Xbox One is going to sell above 10 million units a year and the PS4 keeps selling at least 15 million units the coming 4 years it's bound to be close.

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JWeinCom (on 05 February 2017)

The XBox One isn't selling 10 million a year yet. Maybe Scorpio will push it up to there, but I don't think it could stay there for more than a year.

If the PS4 was still selling 15 million in 2020, that would mean sales only dropped 12% from the beginning of the fourth year to the end of the seventh year. By comparison, PS3 was down 35% in that timeframe. 360 was down 54%. So... PS4 only dropping 12% in that timeframe is incredibly unlikely.

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Qwark (on 05 February 2017)

Yes but this entire gen us like nothing we have ever seen before to begin with. The new midgen upgrades could actually increase the momentum of the sales on both 8th gen consoles. I wouldn't be surprised if the pro and PSVR will give PS a great boost in 2018 if they are both accessible for the masses in therms of price and content. Perhaps sales will drop massively but currently 8th gen still has a comfortable lead and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

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JWeinCom (on 05 February 2017)

Actually, it should start changing next year. That's when the PS3 hit its stride, and the Kinect came out for 360. Pro and VR aren't going to boost sales that much since they are expensive and appeal to the hardcore. Scorpio likely won't either.

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