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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 September 2019 / 4,238 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: 27,361 – PS3

Gap change over last 12 months: 196,895 – PS3

Total Lead: 110,489 – PS4

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 8,258,448

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 8,147,959

July 2019 is the 66th month of the PlayStation 4 being on sale in Japan. The gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 27,361 units in the last month and in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 196,895 units in the last 12 months. The PlayStation 4 currently leads by just 110,489 units.

The PlayStation 3 launched in November 2006, while the PlayStation 4 launched in February 2014. The PlayStation 4 has sold 8.26 million units, while its predecessor the PlayStation 3 sold 8.15 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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PAOerfulone (on 14 September 2019)

You know, when you consider the circumstances, the PS3 performed much better in Japan than the PS4 has. The PS4 had each of the following games that the PS3 DIDN'T have: - Dragon Quest. - Monster Hunter. - Kingdom Hearts. It has gotten more big, substantial support from Japanese developers and franchises than the PS3 had. Yet, despite this, it is clinging to a very slim and shrinking lead that could be gone very soon.

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Bofferbrauer2 PAOerfulone (on 16 September 2019)

To Sony's credit, they at least managed to turn their ship around after absolutely disastrous first year sales, where it even got beaten by the likes of the Wii U, they will still manage to sell around 10M total in the end. And I agree that these big IP had quite some part in it, otherwise I'm sure it wouldn't have come close to the PS3 sales and only reached about 8M LT instead of around 10M

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 14 September 2019)

PS4 losing more and more of it's lead. PS3 will probably overtake the PS4 during it's next holiday season, never to look back again.

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yo33331 Bofferbrauer2 (on 15 September 2019)

Why ? PS4 has some years of sales left and PS3 did around 10M lifetime in JAPAN now PS4 is at 8.2M it is not so bad ..

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Bofferbrauer2 Bofferbrauer2 (on 15 September 2019)

PS3 sold about 10.5M, so the PS4 would need to sell an additional 2.3M to reach that. But it's weekly sales have already dropped far below what the PS3 pulled at that time. PS4 is already 400k below last year's sales at this point and the way it sells, it will have a hard time to crack 1M sales this year. By comparison the PS3 sold 1.25M in it's 6th year and 870k in it's 7th. Unless Sony halves the price and brings a couple more heavy hitters, I don't see how it will be able to keep up with the PS3 anymore.

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siebensus4 Bofferbrauer2 (on 16 September 2019)

That's possible, but it depends on if we see a PS4 Super Slim for a very good price this year.

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Bofferbrauer2 Bofferbrauer2 (on 16 September 2019)

Unless it is at least 10k Yen cheaper, I'll have my doubts. PS3 was selling about 18k weekly by that point, while the PS4 barely sells above 10k, so I doubt a 5000 Yen pricecut would be enough outside of the first few weeks.

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yo33331 Bofferbrauer2 (on 16 September 2019)

losing some weeks to PS3 doesn't mean 100% that is lost the whole race .. also most of the times the sales made until end of august are doubled until the end of the year .. or close to doubled .. so PS4 probably will make at least 1M maybe even more something close to 1.2M at least in japan for this year.

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curl-6 (on 14 September 2019)

Close race, especially when you consider PS3 didn't get a mainline Monster Hunter and Dragon Quest like PS4 did.

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S.Peelman (on 16 September 2019)

I don’t think it’s gonna make it.

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