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PS4 vs PS3 in Japan Sales Comparison - PS4 Falls Further Behind in July 2020

PS4 vs PS3 in Japan Sales Comparison - PS4 Falls Further Behind in July 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 August 2020 / 3,410 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 aligned Japanese sales of the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 3.

PS4 vs PS3 in Japan Sales Comparison - PS4 Falls Further Behind in July 2020

PS4 vs PS3 in Japan Sales Comparison - PS4 Falls Further Behind in July 2020

PS4 Vs. PS3 Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 43,677 - PS3

Gap change over last 12 months: 180,481 - PS3

Total Lead: 69,992 – PS3

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 9,202,249

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 9,272,241

July 2020 is the 78th month of the PlayStation 4 being on sale in Japan. The gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 43,677 units in the last month and in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 180,481 units in the last 12 months. The PlayStation 3 now leads by 69,992 units.

The PlayStation 3 launched in November 2006, while the PlayStation 4 launched in February 2014. This does mean the normal holiday periods and the Japanese Golden Week holiday for the two consoles do not lineup.

The 78th month for the PlayStation 4 is July 2020, while for the PlayStation 3 it is April 2013. The PlayStation 4 has sold 9.20 million units, while its predecessor the PlayStation 3 sold 9.27 million units.

The PS3 sold 10.47 million units lifetime in Japan. The PS4 is currently 1.27 million units behind the lifetime sales of the PS3.


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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5 Comments
The_Liquid_Laser (on 19 August 2020)

PS4 has stalled in Japan. Not even COVID could save it. I doubt it will even get to 10 million.

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Eagle367 (on 19 August 2020)

Well I don't think PS4 will make it and that's sad

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Chicho Eagle367 (on 19 August 2020)

why is it s all digital?

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Bofferbrauer2 Eagle367 (on 19 August 2020)

I fear the PS4 will not even pass the 10M mark anymore with those sales.

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NextGen_Gamer Eagle367 (on 20 August 2020)

Yeah, if the Ghost of Tsushima bump couldn't improve its sales that much, then nothing will. My guess is by the time FF VII Remake Part 2 comes out (2022??? Maybe late 2021???), it may still be on PS4 but the PS5 version will definitely be promoted better and most likely be the better seller.

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