There was no mourning for Sony this Black Friday. In an interview with CNBC, the company's head of PlayStation Network said the PlayStation brand saw record sales for the post-Thanksgiving US holiday weekend.
"We had the biggest Black Friday in PlayStation history," Lempel said. "We sold more consoles than we ever have in our 23-year history, and [PlayStation] Plus is a natural addition to that purchase."
The company's Black Friday deals in the US included a PlayStation 4 1TB system starting at $200 (regular $300), PS4 Pros for $350 (regular $400) and PlayStation VR bundles selling for $300 (regular $400).
"Going into this generation, a lot of people were counting out the console business and saying it wasn't going to work out," Lempel said. "But as you can see, the PlayStation 4 business is thriving. Last month, Sony Corp. reported their earnings. Profits were up 346%; the majority of that was fueled by the PlayStation business. We're having a phenomenal year."