Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Grows in August 2020

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Grows in August 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 29 September 2020 / 2,329 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 Grows in August 2020

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Grows in August 2020

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Grows in August 2020

Switch Vs. PS3 Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 121,015 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 898,900 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,449,592 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 16,698,636

PS3 Total Sales: 15,249,044

August 2020 is the 42nd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead by 121,015 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 898,900 units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 3 by 1.45 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 42nd month for the Nintendo Switch in Europe is August 2020 and for the PlayStation 3 it is August 2010. The Switch has sold 16.70 million units, while the PlayStation 3 has sold 15.25 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 18.29 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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4 Comments

AFattyGamer (on 29 September 2020)

This is rather ... interesting. Lol. Nintendo Switch vs Sony PS3 just seems so weird to me xD


super_etecoon (on 29 September 2020)

Europe is Sony country. The PS3 actually outsold the Wii by a little over a million units in Europe. The Wii is the best selling console for Nintendo in Europe. In all actuality, this graph is a perfect way to chart Nintendo's success or lack thereof in Europe for their console division. If Nintendo wins this race then the Switch will be the 3rd best selling console in Europe behind the PS2 and the PS4 and it will be Nintendo's highest chart position as well (not including handhelds, of course). Now the elephant in the room in all of this is that the Switch is both console and handheld, but VGC considers the system to be a console and that's whose charts we are looking at, so that point would be moot anyway if it were to be made.


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AFattyGamer (on 29 September 2020)

@super_etecoon Ah very informative friend. If that's the case hopefully the Nintendo Switch can keep up it's crazy success in Europe :)! Now I'm even more curious on how these Switch vs PS5 charts will look for Europe :D


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Eagle367 (on 29 September 2020)

I want the switch to absolutely shoot past the PS3 and even aim higher aka ps4