PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - Gap Shrinks in August 2020

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - Gap Shrinks in August 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 September 2020 / 2,653 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 Shrinks in August 2020

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - Gap Shrinks in August 2020

Gap change in latest month: 221,249 – PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 4,815,387 – PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 14,176,527 – PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 147,002,544

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 161,179,071

In August 2020, 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 221,249 units. In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 4.82 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 14.18 million units.

The 82nd month for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is August 2020, while for the Xbox 360 it is August 2012 and for the PlayStation 3 it is August 2013. This does mean the holiday periods for all four consoles are lined up.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 82 months sold a combined 147.00 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 160.18 million units. It took until month 92 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 12.04 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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3 Comments

padib (on 08 September 2020)

Nice chart/numbers. Only 12.04M left before last gen is overtaken. Interesting to watch how soon that will happen.


Bofferbrauer2 (on 08 September 2020)

If Microsoft and Sony don't switch production to the current gen again anytime soon, then possibly never.


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Eagle367 (on 08 September 2020)

It seems like Microsoft and Sony are actively trying to make sure PS4 and xbone don't outsell their predecessors