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Forums - Sales Discussion - VGChartz Gap Charts March 2021 Discussion Thread

PS4 is well and truly leveling off now, it took like DS is going to keep its lead.
PS4 vs DS has been one of the more interesting chart comparisons to watch over the years, especially in Europe where it was a close thing for some time.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

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Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - March 2021

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: 170,931 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,110,280 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,147,348 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 21,612,346

PS3 Total Sales: 19,464,998

March 2021 is the 49th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead over the PS3 by 170,931 when you align the consoles launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 3 by 2.11 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 3 by 2.15 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 49th month for the Nintendo Switch in Europe is March 2021 and for the PlayStation 3 it is March 2011. The Switch has sold 21.61 million units, while the PlayStation 3 has sold 19.46 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 3 did not reach current Switch sales until month 56.

The PlayStation 3 sold 34.99 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 13.38 million units to catch up to the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 3.



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I'm working on some new monthly sales comparison charts that I plan to start for the April charts as that marks 6 months of the new consoles.

  • PS5 vs PS3
  • XS vs X360
  • PS5 vs NS 
  • XS vs NS

Quick question. Do I turn the PS5 vs XS vs NS, PS5 vs PS4, and XS vs XOne weekly charts into monthly charts now or shall I continue doing those weekly until we get to a year or so of them being available? 



VGChartz Sales Analyst and Writer - William D'Angelo - I stream on Twitch and have my own YoutubeFollow me on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Writer of the Gap Charts | Weekly Hardware Breakdown Top 10 | Weekly Sales Analysis | Marketshare Features, as well as daily news on the Video Game Industry.

trunkswd said:

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Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - March 2021

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: 170,931 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,110,280 - Switch

Total Lead: 2,147,348 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 21,612,346

PS3 Total Sales: 19,464,998

March 2021 is the 49th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead over the PS3 by 170,931 when you align the consoles launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 3 by 2.11 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 3 by 2.15 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 49th month for the Nintendo Switch in Europe is March 2021 and for the PlayStation 3 it is March 2011. The Switch has sold 21.61 million units, while the PlayStation 3 has sold 19.46 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 3 did not reach current Switch sales until month 56.

The PlayStation 3 sold 34.99 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 13.38 million units to catch up to the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 3.

While the fight's far from over, I think this is another one we can file under "Switch will win barring Nintendo stupidly pulling the plug on it prematurely." Still going to be interesting to watch it play out though.

Taking down any PS home console in Europe is a commendable feat given their brand power there.

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Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

trunkswd said:

I'm working on some new monthly sales comparison charts that I plan to start for the April charts as that marks 6 months of the new consoles.

  • PS5 vs PS3
  • XS vs X360
  • PS5 vs NS 
  • XS vs NS

Quick question. Do I turn the PS5 vs XS vs NS, PS5 vs PS4, and XS vs XOne weekly charts into monthly charts now or shall I continue doing those weekly until we get to a year or so of them being available? 

Should be OK to get them just monthly from April on.

Could you maybe add two more comparisons?

NS vs PS3+X360

NS vs PS4+XOne

Good thing is you have got all the data used in other gap charts.

It will look pretty bad for NS vs PS4+Xone right now and pretty good for NS vs PS3+X360 right now, but - as we know - things will change.

And in the End PS4+XOne vs PS3+X360 will be very close to each other. There is almost 100% Chance NS will outperform neither (it would need >170 million for it), but still - at least I am really interested in the course of the performance so far. If I remember correctly, NS is at the moment basically on the same level as PS3+X360 combined, which is really amazing.