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Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - February 2021

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 13 April 2021 / 2,692 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 - February 2021

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - February 2021

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - February 2021

Switch Vs. PS3 Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 11,673 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,071,366 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,976,417 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 21,046,109

PS3 Total Sales: 19,069,692

February 2021 is the 48th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead over the PS3 by 11,673 when you align the consoles launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 3 by 2.07 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 3 by 1.98 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 48th month for the Nintendo Switch in Europe is February 2021 and for the PlayStation 3 it is February 2011. The Switch has sold 21.05 million units, while the PlayStation 3 has sold 19.07 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 3 did not reach current Switch sales until month 55.

The PlayStation 3 sold 34.99 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 13.94 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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8 Comments
Kakadu18 (on 13 April 2021)

I hadn't realised they launched almost exactly 10 years apart from each other.

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curl-6 (on 13 April 2021)

Really goes to show how much Europe is Sonyland that their lowest selling console isn't that far behind a system that's one of the fastest selling of all time globally.

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SvenTheTurkey curl-6 (on 14 April 2021)

Nintendo messed up a long time ago in europe and they're still paying the price. A small price but a price nonetheless.

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tripenfall SvenTheTurkey (on 14 April 2021)

How long ago are you referring to? I remember that even the SNES didn't sell that well in Europe, the Mega Drive did better numbers, particularly in the United Kingdom...

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S.Peelman SvenTheTurkey (on 16 April 2021)

Not so much that Nintendo 'messed up' in Europe, but moreso that console-gaming in Europe became popular with PlayStation. Before PS1 it was mostly PC in Europe and Nintendo and SEGA were selling to the small enthusiast-crowd; even NES didn't sell that much relative to the US and Japan. Handhelds however have always sold perfectly fine.

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tripenfall S.Peelman (on 17 April 2021)

Yep, Europe is Playstation heartland no doubt about it....

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SKMBlake (on 13 April 2021)

Crazy to see that even if the Switch is close to 100illion, it still has a long way to go in Europe (at least 10 million)

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Eagle367 (on 14 April 2021)

Switch will cross 40mil I hope

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