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Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - January 2021

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - January 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 March 2021 / 3,496 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 - January 2021

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - January 2021

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - January 2021

Switch Vs. PS3 Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 188,189 - PS3

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,015,257 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,988,784 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 20,714,451

PS3 Total Sales: 18,725,667

January 2021 is the 47th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the PlayStation 3 closed the gap to the Switch by 188,189 when you align the consoles launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 3 by 2.02 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 3 by 1.99 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 47th month for the Nintendo Switch in Europe is January 2021 and for the PlayStation 3 it is January 2011. The Switch has sold 20.71 million units, while the PlayStation 3 has sold 18.73 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 3 did not reach current Switch sales until month 54.

The PlayStation 3 sold 34.99 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 14.28 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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10 Comments
DaAndy (on 09 March 2021)

Seeing something outselling Switch right now seems a bit weird - even if it is for only one month. But Playstation in Europe is simply soooo strong.

  • +9
badskywalker DaAndy (on 10 March 2021)

The last week of Feburary should put the switch slightly ahead of the PS3 for that month, but it is a slight win.

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Elputoxd (on 09 March 2021)

PS3 was huge in Europe. Great console too.

  • +4
SvenTheTurkey Elputoxd (on 10 March 2021)

I don't know if I'm in the minority, but I think it's Sony's best console for its time.

  • -1
Elputoxd SvenTheTurkey (on 10 March 2021)

Personally, my favorite Sony console is the PSP (<3).

  • +1
Eagle367 (on 10 March 2021)

Europe just buys PlayStation no matter what. I'm surprised the vita didn't sell well there

  • +1
Original Eagle367 (on 11 March 2021)

Vita didn't have much football games

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SvenTheTurkey Original (on 11 March 2021)

Surprising that it didn't. You'd think EA would have jumped on that.

  • +2
Mnementh (on 09 March 2021)

PS3 has better momentum going into the year! Will Monster Hunter Rise change that?

  • +1
Original (on 10 March 2021)

Switch ain't looking back anymore

  • 0