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Following Microsoft's confirmation of the Xbox 360 selling 800,000 units on Black Friday (960,000 during the week of the coveted shopping period), Sony has said its gaming device sales “soared” during the week of Black Friday.
The PlayStation 3 sold more than 525,000 units, while the PlayStation Vita sold more than 160,000 units in the United States.
PS3 Black Friday bundle sales increased by 15 percent when compared to 2011. Overall sales of the console, software and peripherals were up 9 percent from last year.
Particularly, the Ultimate PlayStation Value Bundle, which includes a 250GB PS3 and the Uncharted Dual Pack, as well as the inFamous Collection for $199, sold out across the U.S. In Latin America, meanwhile, sales saw an increase of 200 percent.
The $199 Vita’s Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation Bundle also sold out, while both Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified bundle and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes bundle proved to be popular among consumers.
Compared to last year's Black Friday period, sales of PlayStation Plus subscriptions on the PlayStation Network increased by 259 percent.
"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 SCEA. "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."
Nintendo's next-generation console, the Wii U, sold 400,000 units during the same period, with 300,000 units of its predecessor, the original Wii, being sold.