Sony has just confirmed its Black Friday sales results and revealed that it sold over 525,000 PlayStation 3 consoles and more than 160,000 PlayStation Vita devices, while its special PlayStation Plus premium service has seen an increase in new subscriptions of over 259%.Black Friday has been quite good to console makers, with Microsoft bragging that it sold over 750,000 Xbox 360 consoles and Nintendo confirming that over 400,000 Wii U units have been purchased by U.S. customers.
Now, Sony has posted its own statements concerning its Black Friday performance, confirming that both the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita have sold a lot of units in the U.S.
"PlayStation 3 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 US. In total, more than 525,000 PS3 consoles were sold in the US during Black Friday week," the company said, via AGB.
"PlayStation Vita is entering its first-ever holiday season and enjoyed very strong sales during the week of Black Friday. 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. More than 160,000 PS Vita units were sold during the week of Black Friday."
What's more, Sony also mentioned that many of these new PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita owners decided to sign up for the PlayStation Plus service.
"Consumers also took advantage of the value delivered by PlayStation's subscription service package, PlayStation Plus, which supplies members with an Instant Game Collection of 18 blockbuster games across the PS3 and PS Vita systems, in addition to huge discounts, exclusive beta access, and much more," the company added.
"Sales of PlayStation Plus subscriptions on PlayStation Network increased 259% compared to last year's Black Friday period. In addition, since the Instant Game Collection was introduced earlier this year, customer satisfaction rates for PS Plus are above 95%."
Overall, it seems that Black Friday was quite good to all of the large console manufacturers, not just to customers who got great deals from their favorite retailers.