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PS4 vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2016 Update

PS4 vs 3DS – VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2016 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 February 2017 / 47,125 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.

PlayStation 4 Vs. Nintendo 3DS:

Gap change in latest month: 3,099,657 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 10,100,016 – PS4

Total Lead: 9,530,569 – 3DS

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 53,798,006

Nintendo 3DS Total Sales: 63,328,575

During December 2016 the gap grew in favor of the PS4 by 3.10 million units. In the last 12 months the gap has grown in favor of the PS4 by 10.10 million units. The 3DS currently leads by 9.53 million units.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 53.80 million units, while the Nintendo 3DS has sold 63.33 million units. The PlayStation 4 is on track to surpass the 3DS at the end of 2017.

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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JWeinCom (on 15 February 2017)

I was pretty shocked till I realized the launches were not aligned.

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Azhraell JWeinCom (on 15 February 2017)

I wasn't shocked but also wanted to see aligned launches

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Vertigo-X JWeinCom (on 15 February 2017)

It should still be pretty shocking; the PS4 is doing awesome!

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BraLoD (on 15 February 2017)

The first graph is kinda misleading, even if it's not actually wrong. By claiming "3DS Lead" in the title, but making the PS4 as the base, and using the negative axis of the graph, to depict that as the PS4 is the base it has less sales than the 3DS, it makes the line go up (which is right as it means the difference is decreasing) and it makes it looks like the 3DS lead, as in the title, is increasing, until you notice it's the negative axis, then have to understand what it actually means.

It would be visually much simples to use the 3DS, the one with still the most sales, as the base, which would solve both the "3DS lead" reference in the title, and the perspective of the PS4 decreasing the difference between both, as it would move it to the positive axis and the line would be decreasing instead of increasing.

Making the graph that way until the PS4 surpasses the 3DS in total sales would make it much easier and faster for the reader to understand it visually.

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Vertigo-X BraLoD (on 15 February 2017)

Yeah. I always have to look at these graphs for longer than I should until I correctly interpret them.

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monocle_layton (on 15 February 2017)

3DS was pretty impressive, but the PS4 is just ridiculous. Kudos to Ninty/Sony for keeping it up

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Jranation (on 16 February 2017)

Most likely will pass it before 2018

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pastro243 (on 16 February 2017)

I remember some people said it would never catch it

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