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

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

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 January 2022 / 2,886 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 97th month for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is November 2021, while for the Xbox 360 it is November 2013 and for the PlayStation 3 it is November 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 - November 2021

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

Gap change in latest month: 1,203,842 - PS3 & X360

Gap change over last 12 months: 8,139,236 - PS3 & X360

Total Lead: 2,385,248 - PS4 & XOne

Total Combined PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 164,810,894

Total Combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sales: 167,196,142

In November 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 1.20 million units. In the last 12 months, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have caught up by 8.14 million units. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lead by a combined 2.39 million units.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in their first 97 months sold a combined 164.81 million units, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined 167.20 million units. It took until month 100 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 6.02 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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21 Comments
CourageTCD (on 03 January 2022)

7th gen winning is at the end.. what a plot twist

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gtotheunit91 (on 03 January 2022)

The 7th generation sold an insane amount of hardware. PS3, X360, Wii, and DS sold a combined 429 million units! Idk if a generation will ever be that successful again. Especially if Nintendo never goes back to the dedicated handheld and dedicated home console business model.

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aTokenYeti gtotheunit91 (on 03 January 2022)

Sony and Nintendo aren’t interested in multiple product segments anymore and hardware costs are just containing to go up. I also don’t believe the console business model has demonstrated long term viability outside of high income markets like Japan and the West.

Which is to say I think 7th gen was probably peak console. The West and Japan aren’t growth markets anymore and the games industry in the developing world is centered around inexpensive mobile phones and PC games that can be played on Internet cafe PCs.

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mjk45 aTokenYeti (on 05 January 2022)

While hardware and software sales give us info that while entwined also supplies important data specific to each, I personally feel a consoles software sales are a better indicator of a gen's health but that's just me.

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siebensus4 gtotheunit91 (on 03 January 2022)

Switch Lite is a dedicated handheld with a shared games library.

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gtotheunit91 siebensus4 (on 03 January 2022)

It is, but I don't think the Switch family will reach those sales numbers because of that shared games library. The DS and Wii were completely different systems with completely different games catering to different types of gamers. Because of that, the Switch will never be able to reach the sales of the DS and Wii combined, which would be around 255 million units.

Of course, I much prefer the way Nintendo is handling their games and systems now!

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siebensus4 gtotheunit91 (on 03 January 2022)

I'm completely with you.

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ireadtabloids gtotheunit91 (on 03 January 2022)

PSP sold about 80 million too.

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gtotheunit91 ireadtabloids (on 03 January 2022)

Oh that's right! That means there were half a billion units of gaming hardware sold throughout the seventh generation. Unreal

  • +6
aTokenYeti (on 03 January 2022)

There’s basically no chance 8th gen wins at this point, right?

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SKMBlake aTokenYeti (on 03 January 2022)

Yep

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siebensus4 aTokenYeti (on 03 January 2022)

A trampoline at the bottom of the cliff is very unlikely ^^

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Agente42 (on 03 January 2022)

Is it a constant hardware decrease between PS2/XB, PS3/X360 and PS4/XBONE?

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aTokenYeti Agente42 (on 03 January 2022)

7th gen was a pretty big leap over 6th gen, in large part because of Microsoft and Nintendo dramatically outselling the Xbox and Gamecube, which more than made up for the falloff from PS2 to PS3.

Excluding handhelds I believe 6th gen was around 200 million and 7th gen was around 270 million. If you include the switch and WiiU as 8th gen consoles then 8th gen is in the ballpark of 270 million as well.

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2zosteven (on 03 January 2022)

PS4 and X1 Out of steam. the shortage is based on the bad performance of the X1 disappointing sales

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mjk45 2zosteven (on 05 January 2022)

Yes the PS4 couldn't shoulder all the sales difference , but the impact of the covid enhanced need to move assembly lines from PS4 across to PS5 can be seen when looking at the top of the graph.

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alabtrosMyster (on 06 January 2022)

There is a good chance that PS5 and Series consoles cannibalized the end of gen sales with the full backward compat... Even last gen consoles are hard to find these days.

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progstarmac (on 03 January 2022)

Gen 8: 1 is a winner and 1 is the loser

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scrapking (on 03 January 2022)

Ironically, buying an Xbox One S right now (if you find it cheap enough) actually makes a lot of sense. You get a UHD disc player, back-compat with some 6th and 7th gen games, the ability to install 8th-gen games, and the ability to stream many 9th-gen games via Game Pass. That's a pretty impressive package for an inexpensive console. But even to the degree that the One S is still desirable for those reasons, there are probably enough second-hand ones out there to keep sales low.

As for the PS4, perhaps for the first time it's arguably not as desirable as the One S, due to the lack of UHD disc playback and the lack of 9th-gen streaming.

But I don't think Sony or Microsoft are even manufacturing many PS4 or One S systems anymore, anyway.

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GaoGaiGarV scrapking (on 04 January 2022)

Is there even anybody out there interested und UHD movies on disc anymore? I certainly don't know anybody. Most of them are streaming their movies and series and the rest is totally fine with HD blurays.
Also I think it is kind of schizophrenic arguing on one hand with physical UHD movies and on the other hand with game streaming. People who care enough for physical media are for 99% completely uninterested in streaming.

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scrapking GaoGaiGarV (on 04 January 2022)

I don't know how well UHDs sell, but I do see people buying them. Just as there are people who are dedicated to buying games on disc/cart, there are people who prefer UHD discs because they're at much higher bitrates than streaming.

When it comes to games, those that buy physical media are generally not very interested in streaming. But the reverse doesn't seem to be true, the people who prefer buying movies on disc do seem willing to supplement with streaming.

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