Playstation 3 sells 525,000 units during Black Friday week in US

Last week was the week of Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States, and buying a new game console was high on the list of holiday shoppers in the country during that period. Today, Sony announced its U.S. Black Friday sales for its two game consoles, the Playstation 3 and the PS Vita.

Sony's press release stated that 525,000 PS3 consoles were sold during the Black Friday week in the U.S. The company added that bundle sales for the PS3 " ... increased 15%, and total PS3 sales including hardware, software and peripherals, grew 9% over the same period last year. The Ultimate PlayStation Value Bundle, which included a 250GB PS3 and the Uncharted Dual Pack and inFAMOUS Collection for $199, quickly sold out at retailers across the U.S."

As far as the PS Vita, Sony said that it sold 160,000 units in the U.S. during Black Friday week. It added that PS Vita bundle deals for $199 also sold out in retail stores. Sony had three separate bundle deals, each with a free game; Assassins Creed III, Call of Duty Declassified or Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. Sony also said that subscriptions to its premium Playstation Plus online service increased by 259 percent last week compared to Black Friday 2011.

Nintendo said earlier this week that it sold 400,000 units of its new Wii U console in the U.S. during Black Friday week, along with 300,000 units of the older Wii console, 275,000 units of its older Nintendo DS portable consoles and 250,000 units of the newer 3DS portable console.

However, it looks like the big Black Friday 2012 winner, as far as game console sales are concerned, is still Microsoft, which announced on Tuesday that it sold a whopping 750,000 units of its Xbox 360 console last week.

Source: Sony press release | Image via Sony

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glad to hear the Vita sold 160k units. Lets be honest, though: Sony needs to drop the price to $199 permanently.

also, any handheld game that is $50 is ludicrous. they shouldnt even be over $30.

Jdawg683 said,
glad to hear the Vita sold 160k units. Lets be honest, though: Sony needs to drop the price to $199 permanently.

also, any handheld game that is $50 is ludicrous. they shouldnt even be over $30.

I was on the fence about the Vita, but the $179 Assassin's Creed bundle with PS All Stars made me go for it. Now I want to see the Vita succeed so we'll see more dev support for it. Though I think anyone who says there's a lack of quality titles isn't paying attention.

jasonon said,
if only Microsoft would release a bluray xbox with free online they could rule the console market

They rule it already, HTH.

I honestly thought the PS3 might sell more than the 360 this time. I know I was going to get that infamous bundle and finally own a PS3 (roommate has one now) but it sold it quickly so oh well. I'm hoping for a similar deal or price before the end of the year, if not i'll bite the bullet eventually.

macrosslover said,
I honestly thought the PS3 might sell more than the 360 this time. I know I was going to get that infamous bundle and finally own a PS3 (roommate has one now) but it sold it quickly so oh well. I'm hoping for a similar deal or price before the end of the year, if not i'll bite the bullet eventually.

Yes. I like Infamous too but wish it was on Xbox if Sony hadn't bought them out. I just like the Xbox more.

I find it interesting how far off these numbers are from the projected sales based on surveys. The order is completely off.

So only 20% of the console sales in the US went to the Wii U. I think it will take a while for the Wii U sales to pick up the question is will game developers take the risk of developing for the Wii U over the PS3 or Xbox?

Gaffney said,
So only 20% of the console sales in the US went to the Wii U. I think it will take a while for the Wii U sales to pick up the question is will game developers take the risk of developing for the Wii U over the PS3 or Xbox?

the wii u JUST came out, and theyre in very short supply. Of course developers are going to 'risk' making games for it. again, it JUST came out.

benalvino said,
Nintendo... you should have made 2 million for a start... you know BF is coming.

when supply is low, demand goes up. in the frenzy of BF, you make it an even hotter item. i think sony did the same thing (with the ps2 i believe)

CJ33 said,

when supply is low, demand goes up. in the frenzy of BF, you make it an even hotter item. i think sony did the same thing (with the ps2 i believe)


Supply wasn't really that low, a lot of retailers had Wii Us in stock.

Nintendo just didn't market the Wii U right and didn't garner attention except for the ones who were in the know.

Hmmm... some pretty big numbers for devices that are classed as dying off and we know who they are.
I doubt that there weren't as many Gaming PCs sold. But sometimes I'm wrong.

LUTZIFER said,
Hmmm... some pretty big numbers for devices that are classed as dying off and we know who they are.
I doubt that there weren't as many Gaming PCs sold. But sometimes I'm wrong.

Well, there are many laptops which can still be seen up to now which have some decent graphic cards (660m gtx 7850m) at <=1400

Pity I didn't have enough cash to upgrade my lappy, otherwise I would have done so.

Jose_49 said,

Well, there are many laptops which can still be seen up to now which have some decent graphic cards (660m gtx 7850m) at <=1400

Pity I didn't have enough cash to upgrade my lappy, otherwise I would have done so.

lappy=laptop?

Jose_49 said,

Well, there are many laptops which can still be seen up to now which have some decent graphic cards (660m gtx 7850m) at <=1400

Pity I didn't have enough cash to upgrade my lappy, otherwise I would have done so.


'lappy' has 5 characters; 'laptop' has 6. you're not saving much time and it sounds ridiculous.

Jdawg683 said,

'lappy' has 5 characters; 'laptop' has 6. you're not saving much time and it sounds ridiculous.

Yessss, that word for laptop just makes me sick!!