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PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - July 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - July 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 September 2021 / 5,911 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 worldwide sales of the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 3.

The PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020, while the PlayStation 3 launched in November 2006 in North America and Japan and in March 2007 in Europe. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - July 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - July 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - July 2021

PS5 Vs. PS3 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 665,651 - PS5

Total Lead: 6,252,962 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales 10,436,928

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 4,183,966

July 2021 is the ninth month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 3 by 665,651 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 6.25 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 10.44 million units in nine months, while the PlayStation 3 sold 4.18 million units. Month nine for the PlayStation 5 is July 2021 and for the PlayStation 4 is July 2007.

The PlayStation 3 did not reach current PlayStation 5 sales until month 16 where it had sold 10.85 million units.

The PlayStation 3 crossed 10 million units sold in month 15, 20 million in month 27, and 30 million in month 38. The PlayStation 3 sold 87.4 million units lifetime.


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
Darwinianevolution (on 21 August 2021)

I do wonder if we're going to see any week with the PS3 outselling the PS5, especially during the first years.

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Possibly not early on, but starting year 3, I think it will. By then the PS3 started get some big releases and thus some big sales spikes during their release.

The question with the PS5 is more if it's gonna have such great legs like the PS3 had. I years 5 and 6 the PS3 will probably start to fight back, but by then the fight could be pretty much over already.

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progstarmac (on 22 August 2021)

This is over already

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