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PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 - VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2019

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 - VGChartz Gap Charts – December 2019 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 January 2020 / 3,288 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.

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.

In December 2019 the gap grew in favor of the combined sales PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the last month by 3.42 million units. In the last 12 months the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 6.94 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 13.90 million units.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 74 months sold a combined 138.01 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 151.91 million units.

Gap change in latest month: 3,423,857 – PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 6,941,462 – PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 13,897,471 – PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 138,014,518

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 151,911,989


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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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31 Comments
Radek (on 11 January 2020)

PS4 carrying Xbox so hard lol

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zorg1000 Radek (on 11 January 2020)

Their sales directly affect each other, we can see this by PS+XB combined selling similar amounts for 3 generations in a row.

PS2(157m)+XB(25m)=182m
PS3(87m)+360(86m)=173m
PS4(~125m)+XBO(~50m)=~175m

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S.Peelman (on 12 January 2020)

Will be very close in the end.

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Barkley (on 12 January 2020)

PS3 + 360 = 173.21m
PS4 + XBO = 170m-180m

Will be very close in the end.

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yo33331 (on 11 January 2020)

The line is going down

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RolStoppable (on 11 January 2020)

Upcoming 12 months have the 360 at ~10.7m and the PS3 at ~8.3m for a total of almost 19m. The gap will continue to shrink at a fast pace.

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HylianSwordsman RolStoppable (on 12 January 2020)

I'm thinking PS4 will probably sell about 10 million this year, XBO about 2, so the gap will once again shink by about 7 million, cutting it in half.

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catofellow (on 12 January 2020)

Everyone knows PS3 and XBOX 360 will win in the end. ~ 173 -165

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Radek catofellow (on 13 January 2020)

Had Xbox One sold 60 millions this gen would win...

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Radek catofellow (on 13 January 2020)

But then maybe PS4 would sell less if Xbox One sold 60 millions so idk. I think it shows the small decline, a lot more people started playing on PC since 2013-2014.

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yo33331 Ryng (on 11 January 2020)

PS3 passed XB360 sales in late 2013. XB360 finished at around 85-86M units sold.(very close though).
In total they did around 173M.

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Ryng Ryng (on 11 January 2020)

this is not correct, there is no official 360 sold through numbers, same for PS3. we only know that PS3 official shipments are 87.4m.

360 was at 83.6m back in March 2014, after that MS stop giving separate hardware numbers. But it easly did another 3.8m to surpass PS3, we know this because we know XBOX family numbers, and XB1+360 shipped 13.1 million from July 2014 to June 2015. then no other hardware numbers were released, but 360 got discontinued only in April 2016, this mean it had another holiday to sell.

Shipments numbers clearly have 360 as the winner.

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yo33331 Ryng (on 11 January 2020)

those shipped numbers on PS3 they did sold them eventually so are the same as the sold 87.4M.
XB360 is around 85-86M even vgchartz has it. Also both of the consoles were selling until 2017, because 360 got discountinued in 2016 but there were some units left on the stores and PS3 was officially discountinued in 2017. Also everywhere in the net when you search you will find numbers for 360 around 84-85 and 86M at most but nothing more. As it is estimated by this site too. 360 did around 86M with PS3 87M. In total 173M

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Ryng Ryng (on 11 January 2020)

Problem with this is indeed VGChartz, because at this point in case it wasn't clear, VGC is not a good source, and every other source just copy VGC (like wikipedia, or sites), and also now because is common to hear that PS3 passed the 360, even many important people say that when really, there is no true source for saying that PS3 is higher than the 360.

All we know is that 360 shipments are higher, by a few million, and with higher lifetime shipments is also super likely sales in general are higher.

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yo33331 Ryng (on 11 January 2020)

Wikipedia has banned vgchartz as a source first of all. Second it is not even common to hear the opposite that the 360 beat PS3, and if there is no source that PS3 is beat the 360 than what source do you have that the 360 beat PS3 ? Shipments until 2014 are 84M for the 360. And here every number you see is sold because if it was shipped it would be 100% sold later on sometime. So PS3 sold 87.4M. XB360 Sold 84M with 2014, and we don't have numbers for it after. But until 2016 It may have sold another 2m or 2.5M. Still not getting quiet there.

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yo33331 Ryng (on 11 January 2020)

And even if vgchartz number are not 100% exact there would be 1M at max point of error. So 85.8 even with 1M more would be 86.8 still not 87.4M

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Ryng Ryng (on 11 January 2020)

What's the source i have for 360 beating PS3? let's not talk about 360 "beting another console", let's see it as 360 surpassing 87.4 million (PS3 numbers indeed)

As of June 9 2014, 360 was at 84 million. 83.6 million as for March 2014.

The XBOX family (360+XB1) from April to June 2015 did over 13 million, and the last time we have separate numbers from both, the split was very close (1.2m XB1 and 800k 360), you think 360 didn't sell another 3.4 million of those 13 million? Most likely it is, but, even if it didn't ship 3.4m in that period of time, it still got another intere year, and a holiday...

In short, 360 is 100% above 87.4 million.

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yo33331 Ryng (on 11 January 2020)

Okay, but there is not anything in particular you can confirm these numbers. Therefore you can't just bet one number and define it as 360 numbers as we don't have official numbers. The close we have is around 86M which is also in the wikipedia article (which is not taking info from here) and is also the preety much same number in this site and on every other article over the net too. And why would be impossible for the 360 to just sold around something like 1.2-1.3M in 2015 and another 700-800K in 2016 ? It is normal to be this low because the xbox one and ps4 were on the market for 2 years by then and 3 in 2016, and preety much everyone bought them because 360 and ps3 were still at high prices around 249 to 299official MSRP, and ps4 and xbox one were at 399$ (with temporary 349$ price in the holidays) How can you think that 360 would've say at this position ?

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yo33331 Ryng (on 11 January 2020)

would've done*

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yo33331 Ryng (on 11 January 2020)

Also I couldn find any report for 2015 that xbox brand sold 13M, where is this ? Microsoft stopped announcing any kind of numbers after 2014 when they announced 10M sold for XB1.

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Ryng Ryng (on 11 January 2020)

The problem with all of this is that you keep ignoring that the 84m XB1 is not at THE END of 2014. it was at 84m during JUNE 9 2014. So at the end of June was even higher than that, and there is still the rest of 2014. Since you talk about yearly numbers, we can put it this way:

End of 2013 = 82.8m (360 did 7m in 2013), it only need 4.6 million in the rest of his life to reach 87.4m
Q1 2014 (Jan-Mar) = 800.000, now it only need 3.8 million to reach 87.4m
Apr 1 to June 9 = 400.000, now it only need 3.4 million to reach 87.4m

You see how fast the 360 is still selling?

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Ryng Ryng (on 11 January 2020)

You won't find any 13m annunce in 2015, because that's not how this work, the 13.1m is the total XBOX family did after Mar 2014.

Apr-Jun 2014 = 1.1 million XB1+360
Jul-Sep 2014 = 2.4 million XB1+360
Oct-Dec 2014 = 6.6 million XB1+360
Jan-Mar 2015 = 1.6 million XB1+360
Apr-Jun 2015 = 1.4 million XB1+360

And after that we never knew anything about Xbox hardware
The thing is, we have pretty good estimate for XB1 hardware, and with those estimate we also have a good idea of 360 sales. And the thing of all of this is that even in the very worst scenario possible, 360 still did more than 87.4m lifetime.

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yo33331 Ryng (on 12 January 2020)

No, it hasn't. I can imagine some numbers and write them down too. Where is your proof ? I can say that 360 sold 10M from 2014 onwards, and I can say that it sold only 2M. What is the difference ? Anyone can tell everything and every number that he wants. Where is the article for xbox family sales in 2014 ? You are not showing anything only writing down some numbers.

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yo33331 Ryng (on 12 January 2020)

And for the numbers okay, until end of 2014 xb360 sold 1M more so 85 at the end of 2014, 2015 1M, so 86 and with 2016 possible another 500k. Again under 87.4. Without anything confirmed any number can be made up as I said. Every article and chart in the internet and every website points to around 85-86M units and you are the only one who just imagine numbers because microsoft didn't officialy told how much they sold and since they stopped sharing numbers now 360 did more than 3M in its last 2 years, because what ? theorically it can be possible ? it is yes but I can say that 10M is also possible and I can say that only 2M is also possible. how can you back up this ? with what ? with thinking?

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yo33331 Ryng (on 12 January 2020)

https://imgur.com/Oy0jWTA
Check here, I found official numbers

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Ryng Ryng (on 12 January 2020)

Ok, is stupid to continue the discussion there, we made like 15 post, Let's talk in private.

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yo33331 Ryng (on 12 January 2020)

https://imgur.com/Oy0jWTA
Here I found an image that represents xbox 360 sales after 2013. As you can see 360 did 2.6M in total for 2014 but after this only some close to 1M in 2015 and 0.4k after this

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Ryng Ryng (on 12 January 2020)

I can't go to your profile for some reason, comment on my wall so i'll reply there.

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yo33331 Ryng (on 12 January 2020)

https://www.statista.com/statistics/680526/global-xbox-gaming-consoles-unit-sales/
Here you can see that 360 did 2.6M in 2014 and around 1.4K after this and it was done ..

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