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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 September 2020 / 3,151 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 August 2020

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

PS4 Vs. PS3 Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 36,548 - PS3

Gap change over last 12 months: 217,783 - PS3

Total Lead: 106,540 – PS3

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 9,213,541

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 9,320,081

August 2020 is the 79th month of the PlayStation 4 being on sale in Japan. The gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 36,548 units in the last month and in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 217,783 units in the last 12 months. The PlayStation 3 now leads by 106,540 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 79th month for the PlayStation 4 is August 2020, while for the PlayStation 3 it is May 2013. The PlayStation 4 has sold 9.21 million units, while its predecessor the PlayStation 3 sold 9.32 million units.

The PS3 sold 10.47 million units lifetime in Japan. The PS4 is currently 1.26 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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7 Comments

Rab (on 15 September 2020)

PS5 may do worse now as the market has changed to favouring hybrid consoles in Japan


Salnax (on 15 September 2020)

My question is whether that would be enough for more big budget games to be released on the Switch or any other similar systems.


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TheBraveGallade (on 17 September 2020)

I mean switch is getting a new monhun


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AFattyGamer (on 14 September 2020)

The Japanese market simply prefers handheld and mobile gaming. Sony PS4 likely won't outsell the Sony PS3 in this territory :(. However Japanese devs such as Atlus and Gust still show a high amount of love to both these Sony consoles, so Sony PS4 and Sony PS3 can still thrive :')


TheBraveGallade (on 14 September 2020)

That being said, as the generation closes, it would be stupid of them not to migrate, or at least go multiplat. old loyal compaines like compile heart are already migrating, while even ATLUS is slowly dabbling their foot with catherine and P5S....
PS5 is kinda fucked in the japanese market, from what i can see


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AFattyGamer (on 15 September 2020)

@TheBraveGallade I wouldn't necessarily say the Sony PS5 is eternally doomed in Japan. It'll still sell millions in the territory and Sony's main headquarters are still stationed there. So I don't think Sony has plans of migrating. Welp regardless what Sony PS5 does in Japan it'll still do extremely well outside of Japan which Sony is banking on :)


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Immersiveunreality (on 17 September 2020)

Yeah , the switch did this.