PlayStation 4 vs Xbox 360 in the US  VGChartz Gap Charts  March 2020

PlayStation 4 vs Xbox 360 in the US VGChartz Gap Charts March 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 May 2020 / 1,809 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 Xbox 360 in the US – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020

PlayStation 4 vs Xbox 360 in the US – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2020

PS4 Vs. X360 US:

Gap change in latest month: 49,200 – X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 3,710,118 – X360

Total Lead: 1,294,152 – X360

X360 Total Sales: 34,077,467

PS4 Total Sales: 32,783,315

In March 2020 the gap in the US between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 grew in favor of the Xbox 360 when you align launches. The Xbox 360 sold 49,200 more units than the PlayStation 4 in the last month and by 3.71 million units in the last 12 months. The Xbox 360 currently leads by 1.29 million units.

The PlayStation 4 launched in the US on November 15, 2013, while the Xbox 360 launched on November 22, 2005. The PlayStation 4 has sold 32.78 million units, while the Xbox 360 sold 34.08 million units during the same timeframe.

The Xbox 360 sold 45.14 million units lifetime in the US. The PlayStation 4 needs to sell another 12.36 million units to surpass the Xbox 360 in the US.

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LatiosGames (on 29 April 2020)

Big oof its like the hare took a nap right at the end of the race

xl-klaudkil (on 29 April 2020)

That happens when the retail price is still 299

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icykai (on 29 April 2020)

More like Tortoise grew wheels.

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trunkswd (on 29 April 2020)

That is mainly due to the Kinect giving the 360 an extra couple years of life.

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Radek (on 29 April 2020)

Why is PS4 still so expensive? There's still TLoU 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Avengers, Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin's Creed Valhalla - games that could boost PS4 past 118 millions this year, if it was sold cheaper...

JWeinCom (on 30 April 2020)

Let's assume Sony can sell 5 million this year at 300 bucks (numbers are just chosen to make math easy). Also, we'll assume they'd break even on the unit at 200. And to simplify, we're ignoring the pro.

Let's further assume that the average end cycle PS4 buyer is going to yield 100 dollars worth of profit through games/accessories/PSPlus.

That means selling 5 million at 300 bucks would lead to 1 billion in hardware profit (which would all be up front, and it's always better to get money sooner) and another 500 million in profit over the next 2-3 years. A total of 1.5 billion.

Then to break even on a price drop they'd need to make 1 billion extra on games/accessories/services, which would mean they would need to sell 15 million at 200 to make the same amount of money, and even then they're actually making less (since money today is more valuable than money tomorrow. Money makes money).

Obviously these numbers are picked out to make the point and the situation is simplified, but essentially a price drop would have to have a really big impact on sales to be worth it. I'm sure Sony has done the real math and determined that they're not going to sell enough extra units to make a price drop worth it.

Bottom line is that Sony's first priority is to make money. Outselling the X-Box 360 is something fans have much more interest in than they do.

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Radek (on 30 April 2020)

I get what you are saying, but I wasn't even thinking about $199 like many people did last year, but maybe $249 for 1TB PS4 Slim and $349 for Pro. I'm dissapointed as I wanted PS4 to reach 120 millions by 2021, and I know it won't happen at this price. Just dissapointed a bit, but I know Sony probably knows better how to make money

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JWeinCom (on 30 April 2020)

I just gave those numbers as an example. I'm sure Sony has looked at whatever price drop is reasonably possible.

I get it. As a fan I tend to care more about Nintendo hitting sales milestones than making money. After all, I'm sure most people who visit this site for the numbers are doing so because it makes them happy to see their favorite platform and games doing well. But companies just have different priorities.

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yanis7272 (on 30 April 2020)

The PS4 main issue for its expension is the price...

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vonny (on 30 April 2020)

Profit is more important than sale numbers

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vonny (on 30 April 2020)

Profit is more important than sale numbers

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siebensus4 (on 30 April 2020)

I think Sony learned a lesson with PS3 price cuts in terms of profit. Maybe they calculated that they make more money if they sell less consoles at a higher price than more consoles at a lower price. It could also be that they don't expect huge legs after PS5 launch because of backward compatibility of PS4 games.

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Azzanation (on 30 April 2020)

Profit > Units sold

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GaoGaiGarV (on 30 April 2020)

People who buy a console this late in its lifecycle are most probably extremely cost sensitive and rather buy used games and also stay away from digital stuff or are people who already own a Playstation and using it as a secondary console in another room, not buing more games in the process. So yeah, giving consoles away for a cheaper price would't really benefit Sony.

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