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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 December 2020 / 4,897 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 October 2020

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

PS4 Vs. PS3 Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 25,844 - PS3

Gap change over last 12 months: 291,106 - PS3

Total Lead: 179,413 – PS3

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 9,243,230

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 9,422,643

October 2020 is the 81st month of the PlayStation 4 being on sale in Japan. The gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 25,844 units in the last month and in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 291,106 units in the last 12 months. The PlayStation 3 now leads by 179,413 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 81st month for the PlayStation 4 is October 2020, while for the PlayStation 3 it is July 2013. The PlayStation 4 has sold 9.24 million units, while its predecessor the PlayStation 3 sold 9.42 million units.

The PS3 sold 10.47 million units lifetime in Japan. The PS4 is currently 1.23 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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icykai (on 24 November 2020)

At this rate, the ps4 might not get to 10 million. What happened?

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Signalstar icykai (on 24 November 2020)

It's what didn't happen. Price cuts!

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Bofferbrauer2 icykai (on 24 November 2020)

Sony's popularity in Japan waning and the PS5 being just around the corner. Even a mainland Dragon Quest title and an exclusive Mainline Monter Hunter title could only delay the decline.

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SvenTheTurkey icykai (on 24 November 2020)

I think the ps5 took all the wind out of its sails(and sales). It will probably hit 10 million. But that depends on when the ps4 gets discontinued more than anything.

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Bofferbrauer2 icykai (on 25 November 2020)

Weekly sales have dropped to 3k now, I very much doubt it can make 10M anymore. Even 9.5M looks increasingly like a stretch by now.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 25 November 2020)

ps4 sales dying in japan coz a console hybrid exist,
peeps in japan are quite busy so having a handheld console is a boon 4 them on the get go!

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AFattyGamer (on 25 November 2020)

Sony doesn't really need Japan to reach 120 million PS4's by 2024. Besides the PS5 is about to shut everything down.

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Tridrakious AFattyGamer (on 29 November 2020)

I no longer see PS4 hitting 120 million. It's November and the sales are just not there.

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