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PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - December 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - December 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 February 2022 / 3,479 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 - December 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - December 2021

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - December 2021

PS5 Vs. PS3 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 53,852 - PS3

Gap change over last 12 months: 5,539,079 - PS5

Total Lead: 8,677,068 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales 17,847,989

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 9,170,921

December 2021 is the 14th month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 3 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 by 53,852 units. In the last year the PS5 has outsold the PS3 by 5.54 million units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 8.68 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 17.85 million units in 14 months, while the PlayStation 3 sold 9.17 million units. Month 14 for the PlayStation 5 is December 2021 and for the PlayStation 3 is December 2007.

The PlayStation 3 did not reach current PlayStation 5 sales until month 26 where it had sold 19.63 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 28 January 2022)

PS5 has still 18 months to increase the gap before PS3 strikes back.

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Qwark (on 29 January 2022)

The first month is down launch aligned. I think this marks the first month of the inevitable cliff.

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SanAndreasX Qwark (on 01 February 2022)


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SanAndreasX (on 01 February 2022)

All three of the current major console owners went through a bout of Third Console Assclownitis.

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2zosteven (on 29 January 2022)

We all know why this gap exists!

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