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Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - March 2021

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 May 2021 / 2,152 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 - March 2021

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - March 2021

Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - March 2021

Switch Vs. PS3 Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 170,931 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,110,280 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,147,348 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 21,612,346

PS3 Total Sales: 19,464,998

March 2021 is the 49th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead over the PS3 by 170,931 when you align the consoles launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 3 by 2.11 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 3 by 2.15 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 49th month for the Nintendo Switch in Europe is March 2021 and for the PlayStation 3 it is March 2011. The Switch has sold 21.61 million units, while the PlayStation 3 has sold 19.46 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 3 did not reach current Switch sales until month 56.

The PlayStation 3 sold 34.99 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 13.38 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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5 Comments
Legit (on 12 May 2021)

It's over

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curl-6 (on 13 May 2021)

Toppling a Playstation home console in Europe is a hell of a feat

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 12 May 2021)

This should be a win for the Switch if it can hold it's lead this year, as it's up against the best year of the PS3. After that, the PS3 only has one good year left before dropping fast

  • +1
Eagle367 (on 12 May 2021)

The switch can win this

  • +1
badskywalker (on 12 May 2021)

It'll be fun to see how long it takes for this battle to be over with, it would be quite the accomplishment for Nintendo.

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