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PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - November 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 January 2022 / 5,178 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 - November 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - November 2021

PS5 Vs. PS3 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 347,992 - PS5

Gap change over last 12 months: 6,216,033 - PS5

Total Lead: 8,637,920 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales 15,276,712

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 6,638,792

November 2021 is the 13th 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 347,992 units and in the last year by 6.22 million units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 8.64 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 15.28 million units in 13 months, while the PlayStation 3 sold 6.64 million units. Month 13 for the PlayStation 5 is November 2021 and for the PlayStation 4 is November 2007.

The PlayStation 3 did not reach current PlayStation 5 sales until month 23 where it had sold 15.54 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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5 Comments
2zosteven (on 24 December 2021)

not much of a contest here, PS3 to expensive PS5 super high demand, same price as main competition.

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JackHandy 2zosteven (on 29 December 2021)

Not to mention, two completely different eras and consumer bases. The industry is so much larger now than it was in 2006.

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EricHiggin (on 24 December 2021)

Based on the last years events, PS5 probably could've been $599 and still sold out. Even if XBSX was $499.

  • +1
2zosteven EricHiggin (on 25 December 2021)

same as series X

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EricHiggin 2zosteven (on 26 December 2021)

I'm not entirely sold on that. You'd pretty much have to assume that XBSS would then be $399. People would have a harder time justifying either console vs the PS5's. If XBSS stayed at $299, it would take a lot more attention away from the XBSX at $599.
Now if both PS5 and XBSX were $599, I think XBSX would then suffer even more because of XBSS. $399 would be the budget console and would get way more attention than it has this year. If XBSS was $299, then XBSX would be a far tougher sale, considering XBSS can be made far more available.

  • -5