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PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - October 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - October 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 25 November 2021 / 3,809 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 - October 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - October 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - October 2021

PS5 Vs. PS3 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 809,574 - PS5

Total Lead: 8,270,048 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales 13,869,005

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 5,598,957

October 2021 is the 12th 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 809,574 units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 8.27 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 13.87 million units in 12 months, while the PlayStation 3 sold 5.60 million units. Month 12 for the PlayStation 5 is October 2021 and for the PlayStation 4 is October 2007.

The PlayStation 3 did not reach current PlayStation 5 sales until month 21 where it had sold 14.32 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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siebensus4 (on 25 November 2021)

Fun fact: In Japan PS3 is a good margin ahead of PS5 launch aligned.

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2zosteven siebensus4 (on 25 November 2021)

is there a shortage of PS5's in Japan or is the switch just that much more preferred?

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Kakadu18 2zosteven (on 25 November 2021)

Both. Huge shortages for the PS5 and the Switch already more than doubled PS3's lifetime sales.

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2zosteven (on 25 November 2021)

When was the PS3 price cut?

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siebensus4 2zosteven (on 25 November 2021)

It's month 34. That's when PS3 took off.

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Amnesia (on 25 November 2021)


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TheWalrusCaesar (on 25 November 2021)

Worst case scenario I would still be very surprised if the PS5 doesnt outsell the PS3

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2zosteven TheWalrusCaesar (on 26 November 2021)

i just dont see it happening.

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SonicWariatPOL (on 25 November 2021)

It will be better comparison to get PS5 against PS2 :)
There probably would have similar stats.

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SonicWariatPOL trunkswd (on 25 November 2021)

You right, otherwise they have a lot of data from past years :)

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pikashoe SonicWariatPOL (on 25 November 2021)

They wouldn't be very similar the ps2 likely would have started a lot slower than the ps5 but would sell over a much longer period of time. A pretty large portion of the ps2s sales were after the ps3 launched

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