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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 September 2021 / 1,790 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 combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with the combined aligned sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The 93rd month for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is July 2021, while for the Xbox 360 it is July 2013 and for the PlayStation 3 it is July 2014. This does mean the holiday periods for all four consoles are lined up.

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

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

Gap change in latest month: 220,331 - PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 9,794,524 - PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 4,749,752 - PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 161,859,267

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 166,609,019

In July 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 220,331 units. In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 9.79 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 4.75 million units.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 93 months sold a combined 161.86 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 166.61 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 6.61 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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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6 Comments
2zosteven (on 28 August 2021)

PS4 carried most of the weight here.

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The_Liquid_Laser (on 29 August 2021)

This sales curve is actually normal for PX4+XB1. It's the 7th gen one that is weird. PS1 and PS2 were on the market for 6 years before getting a successor. That is the normal amount of time before sales die down. After 6 years, people are ready to move on to the next generation. The reason PS3+XBox360 lasted longer is that people were slow to buy them at first. They launched at high prices, so a fair amount of people bought the low priced Wii at first. After around 2010, the Wii had nothing going on, and the HD consoles were around $300, so that was the ideal time for people to buy one of these systems. This resulted in Generation 7 lasting longer than normal. In the end the total user base is about the same though between Generation 7 and 8.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 29 August 2021)

I can remember people saying in 2019 that this was in the bag...

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Darwinianevolution (on 28 August 2021)

In a month or two, the 7th gen will surpass the 8th. The PS4 couldn't compensate for the XBOne's lackluster sales.

  • +1
yo33331 Darwinianevolution (on 28 August 2021)

month or two ? we have at least till the end of the year for them to pass the 8th gen. However after this there is no turning back for the 7th gen. 8th gen are not making 173M.

  • +5
SecondWar yo33331 (on 28 August 2021)

Well, didn’t the 7th Gen consoles have their lifespan stretched out a bit more and the 8th Gen consoles are already out of production so that’s not really surprising.

  • +7