440,000 PS3s sell during Thanksgiving week, 360 sales unclear

Sony's console sells 37.2% more during "Black Friday" week than it did in all of October; Microsoft says Xbox 360 doubled previous week's total, but exact figures not provided.

Yesterday, Nintendo announced the Wii had sold 550,000 units in the US during the Thanksgiving holiday week, the traditional start of the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa shopping season. Today, Sony responded in kind, announcing the PlayStation 3 sold 440,000 units domestically during the same period--an "all-time high" according to the company.

The PS3 is gaining momentum…

But although the $199 Wii is still outselling the $299 PS3, the sales numbers show that momentum is shifting. Sales of Nintendo's console were down 31.3 percent from the 2008 Thanksgiving week, and only up 8.5 percent from October's monthly total of 506,900 units. By contrast, sales of the PS3 increased 37.2 percent from the console's October 320,600-unit tally. When compared to an estimate offered last year by rival Microsoft, which then bragged its Xbox 360 outsold the PS3 3-to-1, the PS3 appears to have come close to quadrupling its 2008 Thanksgiving week total.

One year later, Microsoft isn't bragging about the 360's sales…much. Though the company has not yet released a formal statement on the console's sales during last week, Xbox 360 product management director Aaron Greenberg used his Twitter account to boast of the console's success. "Great #BlackFriday results just in, biggest sales week of the year for #Xbox360, more than 2xs previous week sales," he tweeted.

…but is the 360 losing it?

When asked for exact 360 sales figures for the week, a Microsoft rep said that the company does not reveal internal numbers outside of earnings reports. (The same was true in 2008, but an approximate figure of 388,000 units could be extrapolated.) However, looking at the 360's US performance so far in 2009 may offer a clue to the console's Thanksgiving performance. During its four-week October reporting period, the research firm the NPD Group reported 249,700 360s had been sold in the US, a weekly average of 62,425 units. Were that figure the same during the week before Thanksgiving, 124,850 units of the console would have been sold.

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MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@TevoxZi Yeah,trends have been changing since late 2008,before this article.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@MEDzZ3RO You do realize this article is almost a year old, don't you?

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@TevoxZi What more can I add to that?;you've already got it covered.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

The unbiased facts are: -Wii and 360 started strong whilst the PS3 hobbled along without any major exclusives to sell it. -2008 comes along and all of a sudden PS3 starts getting superb exclusives and that trend has kept on getting stronger and will continue to next year. -Xbox and Wii sales are steadily shrinking and Xbox 360 exclusives are diminishing whilst the PS3 is selling more and more units year on year backed up by more and more aaa exclusive titles. Exclusives sell systems,Wii and PS2 proved that.

lucastmartijn
lucastmartijn

My Loyalty Has Paid Of , PS 4 Life. I AM A PS3 FANBOY And 10679 is a 360 Fanboy witch doesn't accept the TRUTH

CaptPerez
CaptPerez

@10679 Happy Christmas and happy new year...

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@10679 I think 9 people who thumbed my comment up know better than you. Shows how much know; it's not NATIVE, it's still UPSCALED whether it says it on the box. Companies say a lot of things, heck even ND said that Uncharted 2 uses 100% of the specs, but later on said that they can make Uncharted 3 look superior to the 2nd one due to it's game-engine. Maybe some fighting games run on Native 1080p, but even that's possible due to the poor texture resolution. If you want High texture resolutions like in Uncharted 2, it must be upscaled 1080p, because Native 1080p cannot be handled with high texture resolutions in this generation. Yet, Wi-Fi is an essential to some people and not everyone likes to have wires around the room. You do know Sony has development kits to help out the development for the specs, do you? Appearently you don't. Also, first party exclusives like Killzone 2 and Uncharted 2 do look better than Xbox 360 games. Gears of War 2 does not, in any case look anything close to Uncharted 2. It's very very blurry. Graphics may not differ much in this generation, but the PS3 wasn't aimed only for this generation, seeing most multiplatform games get ported from Xbox 360, they look identical or run better on the 360, due to them only advantaging PS3's 1 PPE clocked at 3.2GHz, not the 6 SPEs, (I'm not counting the 7th, as it's used for the OS.). Like Sony said, PS3'll probably last a little in the next generation, before PS4 anyways. Besides, if Sony'll do like they did with PS2, they won't just ditch the PS3 right after the generation changes, like Microsoft did with their Xbox. Also why is Xbox 360 "winning?" Or WAS. - It was cheaper for a long time, offering pretty much the same games, as most games are multiplatform. - Multiplatform games get ported to PS3, so they basically either run on Xbox 360 better or look identical, and who pays for a more expensive device when you get same graphics due to porting? - 360 was out 11 months earlier than Sony in NA & JP, 15 months in Europe. - When someone has bought a Xbox 360 and you have a friend who's thinking of buying either one, he'll probably buy the one your friend has. - Some people have to re-buy their systems, due to the Xbox 360s breaking so often (or at least did back in the past.) Don't jump to the warranty-talk, as there are other problems than just RROD. Besides, it was 1 year too in the beginning, until the RROD became a bit too big problem soon after. What do I mean by "was?" The PS3 has been selling more than Xbox 360 since the Slim came out, a lot of 360 owners switch from their system to multiconsole-owners and some sell their 360s away. You'll probably post me the NPD Report now, but then keep in mind that some (if not most) Americans prefer Xbox 360s as it's not a foreign console. PS3 is getting a lot of great exclusive games for this and next year, making PS3 a nice buy for those who don't yet own it. The pricetag is pretty much the same right now as well, while PS3 offers more hardwarewise. [quote="10679"] For those who said that ps3 beat 360 on black friday is sadly mistaken as NPD has just released figures showing the 360 dominant the ps3 but over 100k sales. [/quote] NPD = American. 360 = American. Am I bragging because PS3 sells better than Xbox 360 in Japan & Pretty much everywhere in Europe? No. Oh gosh, there I went and responded, even though I had told myself not to, oh well.

10679
10679

For those who said that ps3 beat 360 on black friday is sadly mistaken as NPD has just released figures showing the 360 dominant the ps3 but over 100k sales. @flyingteddy Algd i will except your opinion. One last thing though , you haven't answered my question to my previous post where i asked you to explain why is there a second market for pc if pc and console gaming were of the same entity.

10679
10679

@CaptPerez "@10679 you told me if i can speak english ? I think that is an insult.....We talk here about PS3 and XBOX 360 no if i can speak english or not i make you a question.. Can you speak Spanish, Italian and French ?" WOW congrats to being able to speak three different languages. Didn't think you were capable of that :P Moving on to the real point at hand. Its pointless to speak multiple languages if you can't speak one properly. I was referring to english as english is the mainstream languages to know in todays moderns society. My post or what you call insult is related to this topic because if you are going to make an argument then at least make it legible to read. I don't mind if you make a few typos or miss a few words as no one is perfect . Even i make mistakes but to the extent that you have made recently. I hope this clarify things and i hope you have a good day.

10679
10679

@TevoxZi "DVD & BluRay Disc fight is pretty much the same as CD & DVD arguement, it's not stopping until the other flops. You may think it's BD's fault that the games look WORSE than they do on DVD, but in reality, it's the inexperience the gamedevelopers have with optimizing the Cell Broadband Engine's Cell Processing Unit and RSX the Graphics Processing Unit itself." The same old excuses the ps3 fanboys have been using the last years along with the excuse that 360 is winning due to one year advantage. Now the developers have had 3 years going to 4 years next year to study the machine so that they can fully optimize its power. If they haven't done it now after many years , tehn its higly likely that it will improve from that situation. Also its sony's fault for not making the console developer friendly. In conclusion i don't think the graphics for the games this generation will improve much from Uncharted 2 , gears of war 2, Mass effect or even crysis 2 . I even think that crysis2 will the benchmark fro console graphics this generation but i could wrong. I guess time will tell.

10679
10679

@TevoxZi "No console is native 1080p. Consoles only display upscaled 1920x1080 in progressive format (upscaled 1080p) which isn't the same as Native." OMG you has seriously shown your intelligence right there with that quote. For someone who loves the ps3 so much , doesn't even know that the ps3 was built to play native 1080p.. How can mgs4 play at native 1080p if the machine cannot do it. I am not the one who said it , but Ken Kutaragi himself as he used it as one of the main selling points for the ps3. But so far the blu - ray space hasn't shown that advantage yet and all the games on 360 that are on multiple disc has shown none of the problems you mentioned in your post. "let's pretend we'd go back a year or so in time; My access point was downstairs, so there was no way I could get my PlayStation 3 online without Wireless Fidelity" It depends on how far away you are from it because my access point is on third floor and i play games on the ground floor and still use the cable and my cable is just 20m cable. Like i said people , mostly buy it because its the new thing to get like when their are new mobile phones or new fashion designed clothes for women.

CaptPerez
CaptPerez

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CaptPerez
CaptPerez

@10679 you told me if i can speak english ? I think that is an insult.....We talk here about PS3 and XBOX 360 no if i can speak english or not i make you a question.. Can you speak Spanish, Italian and French ? Creo que deberias aprender como expresarte en un foro e meno per la questione sembra molto cattiva cattiva reputazione per voi. d'ailleurs, qui êtes-vous pour poser des questions lorsque vous ne comptez pas à 3 dans une autre langue.. Nothing personal keep your mind in the topic not personal stuff is bad to you just make some friends and play a good video games with some oreos and milk..

lbptoady
lbptoady

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Fenriswolf
Fenriswolf

November NPD sales: Wii - 1,260,000 Xbox 360 - 819,500 PlayStation 3 - 710,400 Who's laughing now? XD

mistaicyfresh11
mistaicyfresh11

woohoo loks like sony is starting to get the money and respect he deserves

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

@Irve, Fair enough but what I believe is that its more common for a user to have 1 PC and 1 Console. Meaning they are not excluded from playing a game that isnt on the PS3 if they have not purchased an Xbox360. While gamers who have an Xbox have no other way of playing a PS3 exclusive expect by buying a PS3, to me that's a fundamental difference.

Sendmn23
Sendmn23

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Saved_Moonchild
Saved_Moonchild

everyone here tries to compare the 360 to the pc which is bs. of course an exlusive is just anexclusive if it's just on one plattform. the pc is just another plattform of gaming. if someone says that there's a market for consoles and a market for pc games it's just half right, co the only real difference between these platforms are the controlls and the power. due to other controlls different types of games are easier or harder to play than others ( like C6C or CIV, those games are just crap with a gamepad) the same goes for the wii. the essential differences except of CPU power are the mechanisms to controll games, therefore it's just one market but different genres are at home at different plattforms or rather the plattform it suits the game best. that'S how it's been and ddue to this whole multi crap we get games like civ or red alert on consoles where they won't sell any way

Irve
Irve

@Saved_Moonchild the term "six of one , half dozen of the other" is a way of saying that things are effectively the same/equal. the point is people can be pedantic over "exclusive" titles if they want but the end result is that 360/PC exclusives are not on PS3 .. the same that PS3 exculsive are not on 360

Trogeton
Trogeton

I thought this was a good sell for the ps3.. I talked to a employee at walmart they have 31 people that have bought a ps3 from there this week already.. I can just about imagine how much it will be in the last 2 weeks of December

Flint247
Flint247

I like PS3 and I want one sometime next year, but this site is a little biased towards it to the point they just talk trash about other consoles to death. "It only does everything", indeed, PS3 also causes extreme bias-ism. :P But like I said, I do want a PS3. (Of course, since this post is talking against the popularity of the PS3, it's going to be severely marked down, but I don't care.)

thekey
thekey

PS3 will surpass the 360 in both sales and great games.

helborhamy
helborhamy

http://customsites.yahoo.com/financiallyfit/finance/article-108318-3394-3-gifts-you-may-want-to-avoid-html?ywaad=ad0035 Look at this article, it just shows you how good the ps3 is doing, they couldn't find anything to attack the ps3 with so they decided to attack the batteries of the controllers, the article talked about the $55 you will have to pay for a new controller when your battery dies and forgot to mention the money you will have to pay to replace the xbox 360 which is likely to break within three years, or the money you keep paying for your xbox live, which, in comparison to how frequently you need to replace your ps3 controllers, is much more.

Zain-Midori
Zain-Midori

yesssss just keep it up sony all u gotta do is get ur online service up to par with xbl and u may be back on top

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

I grabbed up a slim.. its sexy and there is a ton of games since launch that i wanted to play so it was a no brainer. I like the controller better for the 360 but everything else I like on the ps3 better. I like free wifi and free online gaming and have had minimal issues. The 360 should lower its price tag its robbery charging that much when the ps3 is the same price and offers more value.

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

@10679, It makes it clearer that you think PC and Consoles are two different mediums. We have a difference in opinion, I can live with that :)

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

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imperial_agent
imperial_agent

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TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@10679 No console is native 1080p. Consoles only display upscaled 1920x1080 in progressive format (upscaled 1080p) which isn't the same as Native. Also, BD is not only space, it's also the ammount of stuff you can access in the game. For example.. say this game has a lot of houses available to go in (way more than GTA4, because the houses you could enter in that game were in minority). You'd need to swap discs to enter a few specific houses on DVD, unless you'd install it on Personal Computer for example where the games get unzipped with the Windows Installer for example, to get the packed files into complete. For mandatory installs on PS3; I guess many of you haven't gotten used to them on PC, I know for sure that I have and so far not many PS3 games have had long installations at least to me, except for GTA4 which took over 10 minutes to install. Also, in my eyes Gears of War 2 does not look better than Uncharted 2, at least what Gears of War 2 looked like on my cousin's Xbox 360 on component cables [not composite -_-"], neither did Batman Arkham Asylum's demo at least. Can't really say Batman's graphics are any worse, because I haven't played the full game which might differ from the graphics I saw in the demo itself, same with AC2.. ..for now. I haven't yet played AC2, but I'm going to buy it later. Let's pretend we'd go back a year or so in time; My access point was downstairs, so there was no way I could get my PlayStation 3 online without Wireless Fidelity. To some people it is important to have Wi-Fi like to me back in the past, than not having it and therefore ignoring the whole possibility of getting online at all on the system you'd like to get online with. I don't like to pay for extra, like 70 dollars for a Wi-Fi adapter you'd get on Xbox 360, which is one of the many reasons I didn't end up buying the system. [No offence if you do own it, I'm not calling it bad here, just telling one of the reasons I didn't buy it myself.] Wi-Fi does matter, even if it doesn't to you, there's always at least a minority that requires them. Nowadays I've gotten the AP upstairs, so therefore I play games on PS3 with Ethernet cable, like online gaming is meant to be played. DVD & BluRay Disc fight is pretty much the same as CD & DVD arguement, it's not stopping until the other flops. You may think it's BD's fault that the games look WORSE than they do on DVD, but in reality, it's the inexperience the gamedevelopers have with optimizing the Cell Broadband Engine's Cell Processing Unit and RSX the Graphics Processing Unit itself. Not to mention the uncommon, but very fast CPU RAM; XDR. Also, multiplatform games get ported from X360 to PS3, due to the X360 being easier & cheaper to develop for, making them lose less money if they do errors and such they need to fix. However, if you watch movies on BD, you'll instantly see the picture is on higher definition than it's on DVD, unless you watch it on a Standard Definition Television or just with wrong settings done in the XMB menu. When the gaming developers learn to optimize the CBE, RSX and XDR properly, the graphics will look significantly better on BD. Not only because PS3 has HDMI 1.3, while X360 has HDMI 1.2, but because of the CBE, XDR and BD. Anyways, whether you response or not, I'm not going to reply in this article anymore. Don't really feel like going into old news now.

InkyRed
InkyRed

If you don't have a ps3 yet, go get one. SHOULD have done it during Thanksgiving. If you can't afford one, go get a job, then go get a ps3. You only have yourself to blame. If you don't have ps3, then get the hell out of this article space and go get one.

kamizuka
kamizuka

@10679 you said that blue-ray is just more space. thats correct but your putting that the DVD is better than blue-ray just becuse you can swap it. blue-ray is better for gaming because dev rarely use more than one disk. killzone2 or uncharted2 may fit one or 2 or 16 disks on xbox but that well never happend because the franchise is owened by sony and if the console didnt use blue-ray they would havfe used 1DVD disk. games are not exclusive if they were on Pc because i dont have to buy an Xbox for it, i am just goint to buy it on my PC that barely can play a game, and i can also steal it from the internet not just because a company said it is exclusive. the 1080p is not used because you know that the ps3 is hard to program for, and all i care about is what i see in the graphics not the resolution (e.g: i rather see an awesome painting rather than a yellow triangle in a box. killzone2 have better graphics than MGS4 even thoug mgs4 use 1080p) you get the idea, you alsop said that Gears look better than MGS and KZ2 and also said that it is just you opnion, so that didnt change the fact that they look better. MGS4 didnt age because you just wanted it to age and post that on the internet

10679
10679

First of all ps3 has a native resolution of 1080p and the 360 has a native resolution of 720P . The 360 can only upscale the image to 720 p. Secondly nearly all the ps3 games run on a resolution of 720op or less so its pointless to say that ps3 is better based on that when very little games uses it. The only game thats in true 1080p is MGS4. Even killzone 2 runs at 720p. Its kinda of disappointing for the ps3 as the creator used the ps3 full 1080p ability as one of their selling points for the ps3 lol.

10679
10679

@flyingteddy you said that you treat consoles and pc as gaming machines therefore "Exclusive" should be exclusive to one machine." Now my question to you was , if thats true then why do we have a market for pc and a market for consoles. If its like you said then we should have only one market which will be the console market right? Unfortunately thats not the case as pc gaming is different from consoles gaming hence if a game comes on pc and 360 then the game is still considered as a console exclusive. I hope this makes it clearer to you because if it doesn't help then i suggest you spend more time with books and less time playing games .

10679
10679

@CaptPerez "s so easy Blue Ray vs normal dvd rom control with batteries vs control without batt. Ethernet vs without Ethernet Free access to the internet vs Mon. or Year subscription Common everybody know the true which is PS3 is %90 better than Xbox 360 360continue in the same circle that's why they call their product 360 lol" First of all can you speak english, I understand if you had typos but your post don't make any sense especially your most recent one. The first advantage of blu ray is the space capacity. But then again games( multi) produce on dvds 9 seem to look better than the ones done on blu ray. Also if the game requires alot of space, then making it on multiple disc is not a problem at all so in a way the only advantage blu ray provides is for people who are lazy to get up and swap discs. Secondly you just need to get the charger which is very cheap . Whoever still uses batteries is not very smart. Also wireless connection is not deemed as important. People get it these days as its the new thing to get with modern technology which i find very lame. I understand if you get it because you don't want wires to go all over the house. Finally for online service, you get what you pay for hence why sony is gonna offer premium services for psn. Plus paying $50 a year is cheap because it basically $4.16 a month . I am sure you can live without your pizzas, fried chicken or any type of food for a day just so that you can save the $4.16 lol.

10679
10679

@TevoxZi "Name three games better looking on X360 than Uncharted 2. MGS4 is mainly about the cinematics & cinematics' audio in the uncompression part, you're right there. Uncompressed Uncharted 2 wouldn't fit on 2 DVDs it'd fit on 3 DVDs. Which is 3x 8.5GB = 25.5GB -> 500MBs more than one single layered BluRay Disc -capacity. If it would get compressed, then it would look worse. Don't believe me? Try FRAPS and change the format by using VirtualDub for example. Then it compresses, see the quality afterwards and the difference in filesize. It's huge." Easy. I can name gears of war 2, Assassin creed 2, Batman Dark Asylum. Like is said having it on multiple disc to avoid compression is no problem because changing disc is quick and requires very little to no effort and faster than mandatory installation which is seen in some ps3 games

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

@10679, Not sure I get your point I'm not caring about consoles vs PC I treat them all as gaming platforms, so in terms of gaming platforms games called "Exclusive" should be exclusive to one machine.

kasiabartek
kasiabartek

I bought my ps3 slim with Uncharted 2 (October). The slim version is so big :P Anyway, good console and great game.

kamizuka
kamizuka

@TevoxZii you said that your a fanboy but if you read your own comments you'll see that you very peaceful and didnt offend any one unlike All the other fanboys @y2kern what you just did there was push your hate toward the peaple using that console not the console itself and thats really really bad

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@CaptPerez Why are you talking to me like I'm a 360 fanboy. If anything, I'm a PS3 fanboy, for your information. Also uhm.. HD = High Definition, HDD = Hard Disk Drive. :)

CaptPerez
CaptPerez

@TevoxZi Dear friend what i try telling is.. Can u use you XBOX free of charge i dont think so my friend and every body need to paid to play online eeeeeeeeee you need to do that with the PS3 ? i dont think so other thing is the Xbox have a bad fame and why because they just try sell and make some money so that is the reason because they cant build a new XBOX like PS3 they wanna sell well they sell some 360 Elite wich is the same junk why PS3 and sony products are better ? because they think in the people also in the money that one is the reason why they build a new PS3 and also you can see some special editions with 320GB HD color white in the SLIM MODEL. The thing is simple if you wanna buy something to all your life choose SONY

Raykuza
Raykuza

It's gotta be those hilarious "It Only Does Everything" commercials on TV. Pure advertisement gold. XD

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@y2kern Best talker, I didn't see you use reference at any point either, lmao. Have a nice life.. arguing. P.S. Thank you once again for not answering my question which proves that I'm right when you can't prove me wrong and also thanks for not typing my nick right to get GameSpot notify me, at least you didn't put the space between, that you finally learned. @Ronwern Exactly what I was thinking.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

i wonder why ms is scare to show numbers, besides who wants a brick in their living room i have to stub my toe on one every single day makes me so angry , ive never seen a console that needed a ac adapter the size of a wii lol litterally that thing is nearly as big as the wii you cant miss that thing , even if your nearly blind youd see it a big grey mess ,of wires dangling accross your living room , and microsoft calls that wireless news flash ps3 and wii are more wireless then 360- i feel bad for those with 100 ft ethernet cords because they cant afford that expensive wireless adapter ,

Ronwern
Ronwern

@y2kern Ya know, your arguments coupled with your profile image makes you look and sound like you're trying desperately to prove that the 360 is by far the better system. Now I own both systems, and have more of a library with my 360. But please either clarify your neutrality or accept that you yourself are a 360 fan boy. And I hate using that word, but anyone posting about 360 superiority as much as you do on a news article titled "440,000 PS3s sell during Thanksgiving week, 360 sales unclear" comes off as a blatant biased ranter. You've riddled this board with patronizing "lol's," and your discreditation to the ps3 has little foundation. Please check your emotions at the door before arguing your point.

Flint247
Flint247

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LewyDeng2
LewyDeng2

@Decepticon_11: Give me one : P