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PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison – January 2021

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison – January 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 February 2021 / 1,493 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.

Gap change in latest month: 719,611 - PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,174,013 - PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 6,527,771 - PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 158,037,805

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 164,565,576

In January 2021, 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 719,611 units. In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 7.17 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 6.53 million units.

The 87th month for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is January 2021, while for the Xbox 360 it is January 2013 and for the PlayStation 3 it is January 2014. This does mean the holiday periods for all four consoles are lined up.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 87 months sold a combined 158.04 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 164.57 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 8.65 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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4 Comments
Bofferbrauer2 (on 17 February 2021)

Once it looked like PS4/XBO would take this home easily, but now it really got into toss-up territory.

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Qwark Bofferbrauer2 (on 17 February 2021)

It did have a shorter lifespan, but within its lifespan it sold more, that's a succes in my book. The PS360 had a longer lifespan (much longer in case of the 360). So the market pretty much stayed the same. But it has not really grown since the 6th gen. Considering Nintendo pretty much does its own thing and doesn't really impact the sales of the twins.

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kazuyamishima (on 18 February 2021)

Could be different but PS4 is still $299/399 and Xbox one is $299. And they didn’t had any sales on the holidays.

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siebensus4 (on 17 February 2021)

Almost no holiday boost to see of PS4/XBO. I can't image PS4/XBO will make another 10M until end of life.

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