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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 October 2021 / 5,096 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 94th month for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is August 2021, while for the Xbox 360 it is August 2013 and for the PlayStation 3 it is August 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 - August 2021

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

Gap change in latest month: 230,732 - PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 9,815,407 - PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 4,519,020 - PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 162,250,253

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 166,769,273

In August 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 230,732 units. In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 9.82 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 4.52 million units.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 94 months sold a combined 162.25 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 166.77 million units. It took until month 99 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 6.45 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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4 Comments
zakr1995 (on 03 October 2021)

Is there any chance to do a 3 way graph, comparing the PS5/Series X/S with the 360/PS3 and One/PS4 to the relevant time period?

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SKMBlake (on 03 October 2021)

Ok I guess the race is soon over, I don't see the PS4/One reaching 6.5 million more

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2zosteven (on 03 October 2021)

Xbox launch hurt any chance of ps4 and xone catching 360 and ps3

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Sogreblute 2zosteven (on 03 October 2021)

I actually think it wouldn't make a difference. If Xbox didn't screw up at the start of the 8th generation then the Xbox One would have sold more while the PS4 would sell less. So it basically evens out. Like, people keep forgetting Sony had it good at the start where Xbox and Nintendo didn't. But I will say if Sony and Microsoft actually dropped the price of the PS4 Slim and Xbox One S to $200 and kept manufacturing them at a steady pace, then they would sell just as much as the 7th generation consoles.

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