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Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - April 2021

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 June 2021 / 1,531 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 PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. 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.

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.

Switch Vs. PS3 Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 228,581 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,818,883 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,255,972 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 22,008,552

PS3 Total Sales: 19,752,580

April 2021 is the 50th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead over the PS3 by 228,581 when you align the consoles launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 3 by 1.82 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 3 by 2.26 million units.

The 50th month for the Nintendo Switch in Europe is April 2021 and for the PlayStation 3 it is April 2011. The Switch has sold 22.01 million units, while the PlayStation 3 has sold 19.75 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 3 did not reach current Switch sales until month 57.

The PlayStation 3 sold 34.99 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 12.98 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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3 Comments
eddy7eddy (on 07 June 2021)

It 's funny how PS3 and Wii are close to 35 million sales on Europe but the Slow start of PS3 + Good Legs make it look easier for Switch than Wii.

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RODRIGOESEL1 (on 07 June 2021)

Switch says BYE BISH hahaha

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Podings (on 08 June 2021)

I forget for just how long the PS3 was their flagship.
Didn't flatten out until its eighth year on market!
And those early legs, even when the system was still oversized and overpriced.

Europe really really loves PlayStation.

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