PlayStation 3 sells 525,000 over Black Friday week

Sony's revealed its Black-Friday-week sales for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, and while retailer discounts pushed PS3 sales up 15 percent from last year it still landed in the middle of the pack. The various PS3 bundles sold more than 525,000 units over the week, sitting squarely between Wii U's 400,000 and Xbox 360's 750,000.

Of course, if you put Wii U and original Wii sales together for 700,000, Sony came in third, but let's not get into price point and life cycle comparisons. Instead, let's talk about the PlayStation Vita, which moved 160,000 units over the week, compared to 250,000 DS and 275,000 3DS systems. On second thought, maybe that's not a great subject for conversation.

Hundreds of thousands of sales are always nice, but Sony's console numbers are middling compared to its competitors. Fortunately for the Japanese electronics giant, consumers were much more excited to try the free-game-toting PlayStation Plus service this year than last, with 259 percent more subscription sales over last year's Black Friday. Xbox Live Gold subscriptions grew by 50 percent in the same period.


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  • ultimatepunchrod - November 29, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    Over half a million consoles is nothing to sniff at there GR.
  • bigwill1221 - November 29, 2012 2:24 p.m.

    Tell me the total amount of games sold over the weekend...>_>
  • THE_FORCE - November 29, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    WARNING: iPads can harm your grammar.
  • Moondoggie1157 - November 29, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    Let's not get into the price point and life cycle comparisons, so here's some numbers to show how poorly the vita is doing compared to the DS and 3DS... C'mon... I mean really? REALLY? I wish I could convey an extremely disappointed facepalm within a text box... How is this a competent article?
  • winner2 - November 30, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    The vita might be doing poorly but I just can't take DS/3ds seriously. I don't mean that in a belittling way either, I've just never had a real appreciation for Nintendo aside from a very few Mario games. I hope the vita picks up, it's a nice little piece of tech.
  • nintendo365 - December 2, 2012 2:43 a.m.

    Well then youve missed out on some awesome games. People need to see past the youth appeal and finally see that Nintendo games arent childish. Kid Icarus: Uprising in itself is a reason to pick up the 3DS. If that game is a tiny little hint at what Nintendo is doing with 1st party U titles, then Im on board for it. That game was spectacular, suspenseful, funny, actiony and dramatic all in one, it was masterfully written to entertain.
  • Edias - November 30, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    I had sort of wanted a Vita for a while and, between the holiday sale and the free Playstation Plus games, I was finally convinced to buy one. I figure that the system will eventually pay for itself. I was subscribed to PS+ anyway.

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