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Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Reaches New Level in July 2020

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Reaches New Level in July 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 September 2020 / 2,574 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 European sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 3.

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Reaches Record in July 2020

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Reaches Record in July 2020

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Reaches Record in July 2020

Switch Vs. PS3 Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 318,178 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 903,679 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,328,577 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 16,339,542

PS3 Total Sales: 15,010,965

July 2020 is the 41st month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead by 318,178 units when you align the launches of it with the PlayStation 3. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 3 by 903,679 units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 3 by 1.33 million units.

The PlayStation 3 launched in Europe in March 2007, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.

The 41st month for the Nintendo Switch in Europe is July 2020 and for the PlayStation 3 it is July 2010. The Switch has sold 16.34 million units, while the PlayStation 3 has sold 15.01 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 3 did not reach current Switch sales until month 45.

The PlayStation 3 sold 34.99 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 18.65 million units to catch up to the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 3.


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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3 Comments
siebensus4 (on 31 August 2020)

This could be a match deciding year.

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Eagle367 (on 01 September 2020)

I think the switch will win in the end

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 31 August 2020)

Was extremely close until recently, but the Switch lead will only be increasing in the near future. The PS3 peaked pretty late though, so it might gain some ground again later on. Might be close again towards the end.

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