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PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - May 2022

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - May 2022 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 24 June 2022 / 2,593 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 - May 2022

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - May 2022

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - May 2022

PS5 Vs. PS3 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 9,786 - PS3

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,916,426 - PS5

Total Lead: 7,100,192 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales 20,003,979

PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 12,903,787

May 2022 is the 19th 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 9,786 units.

In the last 12 months, the PS5 has grown its lead over the PS3 by 1.92 million units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 7.10 million units.

The PlayStation 5 has sold 20.00 million units in 19 months, while the PlayStation 3 sold 12.90 million units. Month 19 for the PlayStation 5 is May 2022 and for the PlayStation 3 is May 2008.

The PlayStation 3 did not reach current PlayStation 5 sales until month 27 where it had sold 20.33 million units.

The PlayStation 3 crossed 20 million in month 27, 30 million in month 38, and 40 million in month 47. 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 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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6 Comments
siebensus4 (on 25 June 2022)

I'm really curious how this chart will look like in 36 months. A cross is not out of the question, imo.

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darthv72 (on 24 June 2022)

These charts should do the last three platforms instead of two specific. Meaning PS5 vs PS4 vs PS3. Just like Series vs XBO vs 360. That way you get a better idea of how something is doing in relation to all of the track platforms from the same company. I know this site didnt track PS2 or XB or GCN but it did track from the 7th gen on. So 7th vs 8th vs 9th would be cool to see.

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DonFerrari darthv72 (on 26 June 2022)

PS4 was ahead of PS5 at this point in aligned sales.

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VAMatt (on 27 June 2022)

Let me first say that I am not trying to shit on anybody's work, or tell anybody else what they should or should not care about.

With that said, I'm curious as to what value people find in this comparison. PS5 is highly supply constrained, PS3 launched at a stupid price with huge PR mistakes. It's like comparing sales of apples and monkeys. What can we really hope to learn about the future of The PS5 from PS3 sales data?

If the chart at least included the PS4 as well, then it would be an interesting demonstration of the relative sales strength of PlayStation consoles. Still, I don't know that there would be much predictive value from the chart, but I could understand why it's interesting. This chart though, as I see it, is almost completely meaningless beyond ticking the box for another article.

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DonFerrari (on 26 June 2022)

And when shortage stop the gap shall increase faster even though PS3 was quite steady on sales.

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Ps5fanboy (on 26 June 2022)

I just love these old posts to remember the power of sony. Japan forever number 1. Sorry usa and UK.

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