PlayStation 4 Sales Surpass the 3DS

PlayStation 4 Sales Surpass the 3DS - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 January 2018 / 17,080 Views

Lifetime sales for the PlayStation 4 have surpassed the Nintendo 3DS to become the best-selling eighth generation console, according to our estimates. 

The PlayStation 4 became the number one console for the week ending November 25 as it sold 1.66 million units for the week to bring its lifetime to sales to 69.76 million units. The 3DS sold 396,971 units for the same week to bring its lifetime sales to 68.88 million units. 


Comparing sales by region, the PlayStation 4 has sold 21.97 million units in the US, while the 3DS has sold 20.33 million units. In Europe the PlayStation 4 has sold 27.81 million units, while the 3DS has sold 19.24 million units. In Japan the 3DS has a significant lead with 23.58 million units sold, while the PlayStation 4 has sold 5.56 million units. 

Looking more closely at Europe, the PlayStation 4 has sold 4.63 million units in the UK, compared to 3.76 million units the 3DS has sold. In Germany the PlayStation 4 has sold 4.93 million units, while the 3DS has sold 3.77 million units. In France the 3DS has sold 5.09 million units, while the PlayStation 4 has sold 3.89 million units. 

Here are the sales of all of the eighth generation consoles:

  1. PlayStation 4 - 69.76 Million
  2. Nintendo 3DS - 68.88 Million
  3. Xbox One - 34.16 Million
  4. PlayStation Vita  - 15.79 Million
  5. Nintendo Wii U - 13.53 Million

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013 in North America and Europe and in February 2014 in Japan, while the 3DS launched in February 2011 in Japan and in March 2011 in North America and Europe. 

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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Vizigoth04 (on 29 December 2017)

What a milestone.

estebxx (on 29 December 2017)

I think its pretty safe to say it will beat the PS3, PSP and 360, and the Wii and PS1 do not seem that impossible of an achievement, however the one thats gonna be though is the Game Boy at 118 million.

estebxx (on 29 December 2017)


Wish i could edit the message...

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DialgaMarine (on 29 December 2017)

PS4 will beat out Wii easily. GB is fairly likely, depending on how much longer until we see PS5.

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CGI-Quality (on 29 December 2017)

Nah, it'll beat all except the DS and PS2. I see it resting around 130m.

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GoldenHand80 (on 30 December 2017)

and PS2

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AntonTeiosanu (on 29 December 2017)

What a massive milestone. I am so proud to be part of this fanbase. The PS4 at this moment even with its many flaws has become the king of this generation. Next stop is the Playstation Portable and then the Gameboy Advance. Lets gooooooo!!!!!!

Errorist76 (on 30 December 2017)

I've just gotten a PSVR and it has made me more excited than ever to own that machine. It's a true wonder what it is capable of.

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WhatATimeToBeAlive (on 29 December 2017)

PS4 is "killing it".

Rob5VGC (on 29 December 2017)

As expected.

Hiku (on 29 December 2017)

Considering the price difference of the systems and its games, that's extra impressive. Although they also have their own unique aspects to them that make them appealing. Either way, PS4 ending up among the Top 10 best selling systems was expected since early on, and well deserved.

Xen (on 29 December 2017)

Onward & upward!

NSS7 (on 30 December 2017)

I just realised Japan is 2nd largest market for PS4 and Germany is 3rd.

Errorist76 (on 31 December 2017)

Germany and Japan did always get along quite well ;o)

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Tridrakious (on 29 December 2017)

Congradulations PS4. Job well done Sony.

hunter_alien (on 29 December 2017)

Never realized that the 3DS was released in early 2011.. damn time flies. Congrats for the two top tier 8th gen system. Both did great numbers and are still doing good.

sabastian (on 29 December 2017)

Congrats PS4….. Looking at my PS Vita….. Go Vita Go…..

Mystro-Sama (on 29 December 2017)

What a beast.

ZODIARKrebirth (on 29 December 2017)

well done sony, seems they have done everthing alright

LivingMetal (on 30 December 2017)

Wow. Where was I when this happened?

KLAMarine (on 30 December 2017)

Looking up dirty pictures. A worthy pursuit.

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Ljink96 (on 29 December 2017)

It was bound to happen looking at the numbers PS4 was pulling vs. the 3DS in the past year. It's kinda sad really, seeing as PS4 costs more and released later.

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Hiku (on 29 December 2017)

@IkePoR Xbox One has the same casual friendly games as well, but it's not doing nearly as good. And it's not like 3DS is without it's casual appeal as well with simple games you can pick up and play for short bursts on the subway on your way to work/school. Though since the 3DS's release that market has been cornered more and more by mobile phones.

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IkePoR (on 29 December 2017)

"All me mates have one" is the driving force behind the casual market. After MS' miserable launch, the damage had already been done. It doesn't matter that the 3DS has casual games - it doesn't have AssCreed or Fifa. Anyone thinking exclusives(besides maybe Bloodborne) sell the PS4 is delusional. MS tanked the Xbox brand this gen and left the door open for Sony, period.

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Kyuu (on 29 December 2017)

And it well deserves it because it's a vastly superior platform. But lol at exclusives not selling systems. Take a look at yourself before calling others delusional, IkerPoR.

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Hiku (on 29 December 2017)

There is a reason "all your mates" chose a system in the first place. And it's not casuals who made a ruckus about the Xbox One's DRM practices. It was the more well informed gamers who stay up to date with the ins and outs of industry news. Casuals are generally either unaware, or don't care as long as they get their GTA/Madden fix. If anything it was the price advantage of PS4 for the first few months that impacted their buying decisions more. And of course it matters that 3DS has games casual games, as it does that PS4 has them. A game like Tomodachi Life wouldn't outsell Horizon: Zero Dawn, a 2017 GOTY candidate, by almost 2:1 if it didn't matter. The 26 million people who bought Nintendogs on DS still have a significant presence on 3DS, even if many of them have been lost to the mobile market. You don't need Call of Duty when you have Pokemon and Mario Kart, etc.
PS4 may very well appeal to more casuals than 3DS, but that comes with the territory of having more mass appeal in general.

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UltimateGamer1982 (on 30 December 2017)

And this is behind Sony's official numbers from December 3rd I believe when they announced over 70m had been sold to consumers. Now that Christmas has come and gone, that's at least another 2-3m more. WW total now probably looks more like 72-73m. If not more.

DialgaMarine (on 30 December 2017)

WW, I imagine it's likely passed 75 million. The console should still be on track to hit 79 million by FY 2017 end.

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Paatar (on 29 December 2017)


Errorist76 (on 31 December 2017)


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Ka-pi96 (on 31 December 2017)

Glad to have helped by buying 2 of them :)

Goodnightmoon (on 30 December 2017)

Congrats to Ps4 , the 3DS sold pretty well so that's an achievement.

CosmicSex (on 29 December 2017)

Will, are you implying that the Switch is a next gen console? If so how are we counting it compared to the current gen consoles on the front page. I am saying that, as I am sure you have noticed, this gets really complex really quickly

trunkswd (on 29 December 2017)

I'm not implying that it is 8th gen or 9th gen. The front page used to say current generation and now it says current platforms. Since the Wii U is no longer manufactured it made sense to have it show the Switch.

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Marcusius (on 30 December 2017)

The Switch is the next gen for Nintendo. WII U is the 8th gen consol

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rodea_sky_soldier (on 29 December 2017)

Funny. I'm pretty sure that Nintendo has announced the 3DS sales at ~68.9 in late september. Anyway

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Teeqoz (on 29 December 2017)

After being a member for 2 years one would think you knew the difference between shipped and sold.

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DialgaMarine (on 30 December 2017)

Even if thats true, it's likely happened after Black Friday regardless. Besides Ultra Sun and Moon, there was really nothing there to give it any sort of advantage after September. The sheer number of huge AAA titles for sure made the PS4 fly ahead, so what does it matter if VGC has this recorded a little too early?

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