Black Friday is a good test to gauge how popular various consoles are going to be for the rest of the holiday shopping season. The Xbox 360 is already off to a great start with 750,000 units sold, and the Wii U sold through its initial launch allotment of 400,000 units. Where does this leave Sony though?
Sony announced today that it sold 525,000 PlayStation 3 units last week. It notes that PS3 Black Friday bundles were up 15 perent over last year, and total PlayStation hardware, software and accessories were up nine percent. In other good news, Sony says the Uncharted/Infamous dual pack PS3 bundle completely sold out across retailers.
How did the consistently disappointing Vita do during the same time period? Sony reports that it sold 160,000 Vita bundles last week. There's no previous year to go off of, but it's a nice boost compared to the last few months of absolutely abysmal sales. The company notes that the Assassin's Creed III: Liberation bundle completely sold out, while the Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified and Lego Batman 2 bundles pulled in solid numbers.
“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 chief executive 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.”
Hardware and software may have done well, but the real winner over Black Friday is PlayStation Plus. Sony says that PlayStation Plus subscriptions increased 259 percent last week. The company also notes that consumer satisfaction in regards to PlayStation Plus has stayed above 95 percent since introducing the Instant Game Collection that just launched on Vita. Too bad the service can't save the Vita from Sony's foolishness.