PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - Gap Grows in July 2020

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - Gap Grows in July 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 August 2020 / 3,785 Views

The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.

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.

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - Gap Grows in July 2020

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - Gap Grows in July 2020

Gap change in latest month: 310,915 – PS4 & XOne

Gap change over last 12 months: 4,359,584 – PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 14,633,086 – PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 146,179,552

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 160,812,638

In July 2020, the gap grew in favor of the combined sales PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the last month by 310,915 units. In the last 12 months the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 4.36 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 14.63 million units.

The 81st month for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is July 2020, while for the Xbox 360 it is July 2012 and for the PlayStation 3 it is July 2013. This does mean the holiday periods for all four consoles are lined up.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 81 months sold a combined 146.18 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 160.81 million units. It took until month 91 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 to sell as many units as the current PS4 and Xbox One sales.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sold a combined 173.22 million units lifetime. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are currently 12.41 million units away from surpassing the PS3 and X360.


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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9 Comments

LatiosGames (on 08 August 2020)

it would interesting if they added the Wii and the switch+ Wii u


badskywalker (on 08 August 2020)

Not really, I mean I'm pretty certain that the Switch will pass the Wii just fine.


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LatiosGames (on 08 August 2020)

what i met was that they added the wii to the 7th gen and the switch and wii u to the 8th


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Eagle367 (on 09 August 2020)

That's what he means. If the switch can easily surpass the Wii, adding the Wii U would just be an unfair advantage to the new gens. Just adding the switch would be more interesting. I mean the switch is on track to sell at least 120mil unless a crash happens so the new gen easily wins this


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yo33331 (on 09 August 2020)

PS3, XB360, Wii and Wii U vs PS4, XB1 and switch (wii u was a technically powerful as PS3 and 360 and was selling until bith if those console completely died (2017) so it more logical int his way also it will be a little more even battle


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S.Peelman (on 09 August 2020)

I think the Covid-bump ‘saved' the 8th Gen here. The trajectory of this graph was going down substantially, but the increase in 8th Gen sales in the last couple of months will now probably cause 8th Gen to have the slight edge on the way to the finish line, even if the chart is going towards trend again later.


billyboy (on 10 August 2020)

Honestly I would assume most of the 8th gen "win" is actually just their existing fans upgrading from a standard unit to a Pro unit


kazuyamishima (on 09 August 2020)

From this point to the end of PS3/X360 life, they did around 27 million units. PS4/Xbone are tracking ahead, the gap is going to continue to growth.


Eagle367 (on 09 August 2020)

They are really close to the end here. I think the PS4 + xbone win out but their sales are slowing down a lot as well and both companies are producing less of their previous consoles in favour of new gen ones with Microsoft even cancelling some iterations so who knows maybe they stay within the margin of error