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PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - August 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - August 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2021 / 4,917 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 - August 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - August 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - August 2021

PS5 Vs. PS3 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 402,676 - PS5

Total Lead: 6,660,638 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales 11,246,498

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 4,585,860

August 2021 is the 10th 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 402,676 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 6.66 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 11.25 million units in 10 months, while the PlayStation 3 sold 4.59 million units. Month 10 for the PlayStation 5 is August 2021 and for the PlayStation 4 is August 2007.

The PlayStation 3 did not reach current PlayStation 5 sales until month 17 where it had sold 11.68 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
scrapking (on 18 September 2021)

Not much doubt in my mind that the PS5 will stay ahead of the PS3, and never look back.

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Zackasaurus-rex (on 20 September 2021)

Well deserved success on Sony's part. PS5 is by far the best launch experience I've ever had with a console.

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thevideogameninja (on 20 September 2021)

PS5 sales are rocketing!

At this rate (and assuming they get more in stock.) PS5 could very well overtake PS4 sales in the future.

-OUT OF ORBIT NINJA APPROVED-

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