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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 December 2020 / 2,725 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 Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 312,410 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,845,002 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,813,649 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 17,824,189

PS3 Total Sales: 16,010,540

October 2020 is the 44th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead by 312,410 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 1.85 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 3 by 1.81 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 44th month for the Nintendo Switch in Europe is October 2020 and for the PlayStation 3 it is October 2010. The Switch has sold 17.82 million units, while the PlayStation 3 has sold 16.01 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 17.17 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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3 Comments
xMetroid (on 08 December 2020)

Switch started to pick up more steam in Europe this year, it will be interesting to see next year how it performs with a price cut. Their products have history of really responding to price cuts there.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 09 December 2020)

Next year is the boss level; if the Switch can keep up with the PS3's sales then it should win out in the end.

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Eagle367 (on 09 December 2020)

I want switch to win this one but we'll see what happens

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