Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) on Thursday revealed sales numbers for the PlayStation 3 and Vita during the Black Friday week, which was also the launch week of Nintendo Wii U. As it appears, Sony not only managed to boost sales of its consoles compared to last year’s period, but also to outsell the brand-new console from Nintendo.
In total, more than 525 thousand Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles were sold in the U.S. during Black Friday week (November 18 - 24). In addition, more than 160 thousand PlayStatopm Vita units were sold during the same week.
“We are 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. 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,” said Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America.
PlayStation3 Black Friday bundle sales 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.
While Sony PlayStation 3 with 525 thousand of units sold during the Black Friday week is clearly behind Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360, which was sold in 750 thousand units quantity, it is significantly ahead of the all-new Nintendo Wii U, which was released on the 18th of November, and only 400 thousand of consoles were sold during the first week. Nintendo claims that the whole batch was mostly sold out and it will take some time to manufacture more consoles.