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PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - December 2020

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - December 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 January 2021 / 2,341 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 combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with the combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - December 2020

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - December 2020

Gap change in latest month: 3,060,402 - PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,039,089 - PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 7,302,382 - PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 156,964,136

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 164,266,518

In December 2020, the gap grew in favor of the combined sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the last month by 3.06 million units. In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 7.04 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 7.30 million units.

The 86th month for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is December 2020, while for the Xbox 360 it is December 2012 and for the PlayStation 3 it is December 2013. This does mean the holiday periods for all four consoles are lined up.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 86 months sold a combined 156.96 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 164.27 million units. It took until month 97 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 to sell as many units as the current PS4 and Xbox One sales.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sold a combined 173.22 million units lifetime. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are currently 8.95 million units away from surpassing the PS3 and X360.


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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13 Comments
dmillos (on 23 January 2021)

The lack of stock recently should continue this trend and eventually the chart will flip. But it is really important to highlight that more than PS4 selling less, what is mostly impacting this chart is that X360 sold like crazy during the last few years.

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SKMBlake (on 23 January 2021)

I don't think the lead will remain. How odd, wouldn't expect that

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trunkswd SKMBlake (on 23 January 2021)

The lack of stock is the main cause of PS4 and Xbox One sales dropping as hard as they did during the holidays.

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Bofferbrauer2 SKMBlake (on 23 January 2021)

I think there were only a select few who believed that PS360 could stay in front.

I for one expected to be more or less on par in the end, with less 5M difference. Bur I still expected this gen to win out.

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yo33331 Bofferbrauer2 (on 24 January 2021)

Who could've thought that from very strong selling console PS4 can go to bad selling console, in a period of only a year and some .. From making around 300k weekly in 2018 to barely reaching 100k weekly in 2020..

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mjk45 SKMBlake (on 23 January 2021)

With the PS4 having to make up the difference against the PS360's close to 180 million sales, I suspected this may happen , it was looking to be close with normal decline taken into account but post nextgen sales have seemingly put it out of reach .

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Marth (on 23 January 2021)

That engine stalled hard

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trunkswd Marth (on 23 January 2021)

I'd blame the lack of stock as the main reason for the lack of a big holiday bump.

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Tridrakious trunkswd (on 24 January 2021)

Plus the successors being on the market now.

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Qwark (on 23 January 2021)

PS4 and Xone managed to stay ahead till after the launch of their succesors I call that a win.

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Tridrakious (on 24 January 2021)

The PS4's fate is very well sealed. I don't see Sony wanting to rush to ramp up manufacturing for the PS4 to meet demand there, when they are trying to ramp up manufacturing for the PS5. The PS4 deserved a better send off, but deadly global viruses don't care.

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AFattyGamer (on 23 January 2021)

There's only so much weight Sony's old champion, the PS4, can carry on its back. But ... This chart isn't over yet. 8th gen will emerge victorious come Holiday 2022.

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yo33331 AFattyGamer (on 24 January 2021)

Not impossible .. however somewhat unlikely by the looks of things now ..

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