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PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - September 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - September 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2021 / 3,166 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 - September 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - September 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - September 2021

PS5 Vs. PS3 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 749,608 - PS5

Total Lead: 7,455,246 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales 12,478,653

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 5,023,407

September 2021 is the 11th 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 749,608 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 7.46 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 12.48 million units in 11 months, while the PlayStation 3 sold 5.02 million units. Month 11 for the PlayStation 5 is September 2021 and for the PlayStation 4 is September 2007.

The PlayStation 3 did not reach current PlayStation 5 sales until month 19 where it had sold 12.90 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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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xMetroid (on 23 October 2021)

PS3 was a flop in it's first year so not really surprising. The HD twins really did have amazing performance later in their life.

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Signalstar (on 23 October 2021)

Wow PS3 sales were very slow in retrospect. Rough times.

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billyboy Signalstar (on 23 October 2021)

Yeah Sony had to really push out that gen for a while to get good total numbers. Look at month 55 it was only about 50 mil then jump over to the DS vs Switch chart with the Switch at 92 mil and over DS mil for Wii.

I would rather just see PS5 vs PS4 it is a better comparison

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ireadtabloids (on 23 October 2021)

I wonder what the situation is like in Japan for PS5 vs PS3?
PS3 eventually does well in Japan, but I remember the first two years being slow and I can’t say for sure whether or not the PS5 would be ahead at this point in time without checking.

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TheBraveGallade ireadtabloids (on 24 October 2021)

the PS4 never beat the there PS3, so there is that. and PS4 was also kinda slow in japan as well.
in that era basically almost everyone in japan had fallen to sony's idea of everything on the go. shame that they basically handed over a large portion of that market to the 3DS, and then completly with the switch.

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Kakadu18 ireadtabloids (on 24 October 2021)

The PS5 is a bit ahead of the PS4, so likely also ahead of the PS3 in Japan.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 24 October 2021)

It will take at least until the third year before the PS3 really starts to fight back

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