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PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - March 2021

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - March 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 May 2021 / 2,136 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 - March 2021

PS4 and Xbox One vs PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - March 2021

Gap change in latest month: 626,965 - PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 7,760,350 - PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 5,487,273 - PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 159,821,515

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 165,308,788

In March  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 626,965 units. In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 7.76 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 5.49 million units.

The 89th month for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is March 2021, while for the Xbox 360 it is March 2013 and for the PlayStation 3 it is March 2014. This does mean the holiday periods for all four consoles are lined up.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 89 months sold a combined 159.82 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 165.31 million units. It took until month 98 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 7.91 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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xMetroid (on 26 April 2021)

Yea i don't think they will make it. PS360 gen was really strong towards the end.

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SvenTheTurkey yo33331 (on 26 April 2021)

Strong and weak are relative terms. So it's kind of splitting hairs. Ps360 seems as though it will be stronger than the weaker.

But yeah, surprisingly, I don't think the sony and MS gen 8 consoles will outsell the gen 7.

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Alistair yo33331 (on 27 April 2021)

yeah we've got full backwards compatibility this time, that's going to make the PS4 and Xbox completely fall off a cliff once next gen is in stock

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nex (on 27 April 2021)

In my opinion, there is only one reason (besides the 20 other reasons): NO PRICE REDUCTION for PS4

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Qwark (on 27 April 2021)

PS4 and XB 1 did a much better job though. They did not burn money and they managed to get to the 160 million mark must faster and more profitable. If it took a year longer for the PS5 and Xbox series to arrive they might have slightly outsold it. But there's more to a generation is succes than simply the total amount of consoles sold

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siebensus4 (on 26 April 2021)

PS4 & XBO should reach 167M at the end of this year. Lifetime sales should be around 170M, so a little bit under the 173M of PS360. Pretty close, though.

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billyboy (on 26 April 2021)

Wow even with a mid generation Pro console from both companies that catabolized its user base and artificially raised sells but not actual user count (as people upgraded from base to pro) . We still see it come to ~5 million difference. This means that if greater than 5 million people upgraded from a base system to an pro then the market actually shrunk this generation

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SvenTheTurkey billyboy (on 26 April 2021)

You could make that argument for the gen 7 consoles too though. Even without a "pro" model, they still had revisions. I know people who bought a 360 elite even though they already had a 360. Launch ps3 owners probably wouldn't have replaced theirs unless it was no longer functional.

And not every person who bought a red ring 360 got it replaced. There's always people who are unaware of those types of things. So they would have just bought a new one.

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RetroGamer94 SvenTheTurkey (on 27 April 2021)

I agree with this, during the 360 Era I bought 6 360, and 4 ps3’s. Used in multiple rooms, or at a cottage etc. Also 2 of my 360’s just outright died so I just bought new ones, replacement took forever back then.

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