PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison

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VGChartz’s series of sales comparison articles are updated monthly and each focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware numbers. Charts include comparisons between PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S and the Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. There are items based on our global estimates, as well as the United States, Europe, and Japan.

This monthly series compares the aligned global sales of the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 3.

PlayStation 5 was launched in November 2020, while PlayStation 3 was launched in November 2006 in North America and Japan and March 2007 in Europe. This means that the holiday periods of the two consoles are aligned.

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - August 2022

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - August 2022

PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - August 2022

PS5 vs. PS3 worldwide:

Change in spread over the last month: 357,110 – PS5

Change in spread over the last 12 months: 958,146 – PS5

Total number of tracks: 7,866,784 – PS5

PlayStation 5 total sales 22,746,087

Total PlayStation 3 sales: 14,879,303

August 2022 is the 22nd month for which the PlayStation 5 is available. Over the past month, the gap has widened in favor of the PlayStation 5 over the lined up PlayStation 3 launch of 357,110 units.

Over the past 12 months, the PS5 has increased its lead over the PS3 by 0.96 million units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead of 7.87 million units.

The PlayStation 5 sold 22.75 million units in 22 months, while the PlayStation 3 sold 14.88 million units. Month 21 for PlayStation 5 is August 2022 and for PlayStation 3 is August 2008.

The PlayStation 3 only reached the current sales of the PlayStation 5 in month 32 when it had sold 23.11 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 long-time and passionate player, William D’Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was hired in 2010 as a Junior Analyst, rising through the ranks to Senior Analyst in 2012 and taking over Estimates of hardware in 2017. He expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content himself Youtube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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