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Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in September 2020

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in September 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2020 / 1,868 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 Continues to Grow in September 2020

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in September 2020

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Continues to Grow in September 2020

Switch Vs. PS3 Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 240,660 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,603,499 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,728,252 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 17,323,764

PS3 Total Sales: 15,595,512

September 2020 is the 43rd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead by 240,660 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 1.60 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 3 by 1.73 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 43rd month for the Nintendo Switch in Europe is September 2020 and for the PlayStation 3 it is September 2010. The Switch has sold 17.32 million units, while the PlayStation 3 has sold 15.60 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 3 did not reach current Switch sales until month 46.

The PlayStation 3 sold 34.99 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 17.67 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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5 Comments

Darwinianevolution (on 01 November 2020)

Europe is always a very interesting place for sales comparisons. THough at this point the gap is just going to keep widening.


javi741 (on 02 November 2020)

I dont know about that, while the Switch will widen the gap for now it should get closer towards the end of the Switch's lifecycle since PS consoles usually have longer legs especially in Europe. However, its possible Switch will still win because Nintendo handhelds in Europe tend to be ultra-popular even with limited distribution in Eastern Europe in Nintendo's history.


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OTBWY (on 01 November 2020)

Woah Switch passed definitively.


ReclusiveExclusive (on 02 November 2020)

Cool the Switch outsold a 2 generation old console in Europe.


YanisFromFrance (on 03 November 2020)

The report ? The PS3 was successful in Europe and the Switch was even more successful


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