Microsoft's 750,000 units sold for the Xbox 360 was impressive, but Sony's Black Friday week wasn't too shabby either. The company announced today that more than 525,000 PS3 consoles were sold in the US during Black Friday week, while Sony also sold over 160,000 PS Vita units.
Sony noted that Black Friday bundle sales increased 15 percent while total PS3 sales including hardware, software and peripherals, grew 9 percent year-over-year. Sony cited the success of the Ultimate PlayStation Value Bundle, which included a 250GB PS3 and the Uncharted Dual Pack and inFAMOUS Collection for $199; it apparently "quickly sold out at retailers across the US."
As for Vita, Sony said the Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Bundle for $199 sold out at retail, "highlighted by Amazon selling through its specially priced inventory in less than five hours" and the Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified Bundle and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Bundles for $199 also ended up selling out at retail during the week.
We're very pleased with the Black Friday sales results, especially the incredible reception for the PS3 and PS Vita bundles. The demand was very strong which quickly depleted our inventory across retailers nationwide, said Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America. The PlayStation brand generated significant revenue and year-over-year growth at retail because of our focus on what gamers love most in combining amazing hardware with great games and digital entertainment.
In addition to hardware sales, Sony commented on the growing PlayStation Plus service, which the company said saw subscriptions jump 259 percent compared to last year's Black Friday period. Also, since the Instant Game Collection was introduced earlier this year, "customer satisfaction rates for PS Plus are above 95 percent," Sony stated.