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Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - Switch Lead Grows in August 2020
This monthly series compares the aligned European sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 3.
Switch Vs. PS3 Europe:
Gap change in latest month: 121,015 - Switch
Gap change over last 12 months: 898,900 - Switch
Total Lead: 1,449,592 - Switch
Switch Total Sales: 16,698,636
PS3 Total Sales: 15,249,044
August 2020 is the 42nd month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead by 121,015 units when you align the launches of it with the PlayStation 3. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 3 by 898,900 units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 3 by 1.45 million units.
The PlayStation 3 launched in Europe in March 2007, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.
The 42nd month for the Nintendo Switch in Europe is August 2020 and for the PlayStation 3 it is August 2010. The Switch has sold 16.70 million units, while the PlayStation 3 has sold 15.25 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 3 did not reach current Switch sales until month 45.
The PlayStation 3 sold 34.99 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 18.29 million units to catch up to the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 3.
This was actually really close for a long time. Obviously Switch got a boost from COVID recently. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if Switch widens its lead during the holidays.