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PS4 vs PS3 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – May 2019 Update

PS4 vs PS3 in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – May 2019 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 July 2019 / 3,910 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.

PS4 Vs. PS3 Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 28,401 – PS3

Gap change over last 12 months: 121,202 – PS3

Total Lead: 222,545 – PS4

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 8,122,527

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 7,899,982

May 2019 is the 64th month of the PlayStation 4 being on sale in Japan. The gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 28,401 units in the last month and in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 121,202 units in the last 12 months. The PlayStation 4 currently leads by just 222,545 units.

The PlayStation 3 launched in November 2006, while the PlayStation 4 launched in February 2014. The PlayStation 4 has sold 8.12 million units, while its predecessor the PlayStation 3 sold 7.90 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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BraLoD (on 08 July 2019)

PS3 trying ro mount a comeback, lol.

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Random_Matt (on 09 July 2019)

Sony should just release a low specced hand held device for Japan only.

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Rab (on 09 July 2019)

So Sony's worst console had sales about as good as its best console?.. am I missing something?

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Ka-pi96 Rab (on 10 July 2019)

Not even close. The Vita (Sony's worst console) is absolutely miles behind the PS2 (their best console)!

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Megiddo (on 08 July 2019)

PS3 was already down to ~$199 (or whatever its yen equivalent is) by this point right? What's truly impressive about the PS4 is how long it has gone with just one price cut.

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yo33331 Megiddo (on 08 July 2019)

PS3 has never been 199$ official MSRP price ;) until 2015 was 249$ everywhere then it dropped by the retailers to 199$ last 2 years of sale to move units, but in the 64 months of sale this was february 2012 it was 299$ the 320gb slim and 249$ the 160Gb ( 500gb and 12gb slim camed out fall 2012 )

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Megiddo Megiddo (on 08 July 2019)

You might want to check and see what 25000 yen was in terms of US dollars in October 2012 when the super slim released.

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Bofferbrauer2 Megiddo (on 08 July 2019)

That's not how it works, though. 25000 Yen are 25000 Yen for Japanese customers, independent of exchange rates. In fact, if you apply inflation, then the PS3 in Japan was still more expensive than the PS4 does.

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yo33331 Megiddo (on 09 July 2019)

@Megiddo I am not talking about yen but US dollars and US prices ( and europe infact the same just in euros )

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Megiddo Megiddo (on 09 July 2019)

Considering that this chart is specifically about Japan wouldn't you think it odd to only talk about the PS3's price in Europe and North America?

My sentence states "PS3 was already down to ~$199 (or whatever its yen equivalent is) by this point right?"

The yen equivelent of ~$199 at this time was around 25,000 yen at the time of the super slim's release in Japan in October 2012. Neither you nor Bofferbrauer2 have said anything that refutes that fact.

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yo33331 Megiddo (on 09 July 2019)

@Megiddo why are you looking at october 2012 ? the 64th month of PS3 is february 2012, in february 2012 PS3 was more expensive than 25,000 yen

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Bofferbrauer2 Megiddo (on 09 July 2019)

@Megiddo: I don't know the exact price of the PS3 back then, though I expect 30,000 Yen. But like I said, for customers, exchange rates are irrelevant. It was not down to 199 if the exchange rate equates to so much. Otherwise, you could say that the Switch launched at 240€ since that's what 30,000 Yen equated to back then and does now. You could also say that the PS4 is down to 200€ since that's what 25000 Yen equate to right now.

So now we have the PS4 selling at $199, since 199€ is always equated to $199, right? Let's go to a Gamestop and tell them that since the PS4 sells at 199$ in Japan you want a brand new one for that price in the US, too, and see how they react to that.

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