PS3 sales hit 525,000 during Black Friday

Sony sells half a million consoles last week in US alongside more than 160,000 PS Vita units; PS Plus subscriptions rise 259 percent.

Sony sold 525,000 PlayStation 3 consoles and more than 160,000 PlayStation Vita units in the United States during the Black Friday week (November 18-24), the company announced today. Total PS3 sales (hardware, software, and peripherals) jumped 9 percent year-over-year. Sony saw particular success in Latin America, where year-on-year sales rose 200 percent.

Concerning the PS Vita, this is the first holiday period the device has been on the market, meaning year-over-year sales information is not available. Sony said its $200 Assassin's Creed III: Liberation bundle was especially popular, with major e-retailer Amazon selling through its entire stock in under five hours.

Other popular PS Vita bundles included the Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes offerings, which sold out at retail during the week, Sony said.

In addition to increased hardware sales, Sony's PlayStation Plus subscription service also saw a jump in membership. PS Plus subscription sales through the PlayStation Network rose 259 percent compared to last year.

Sony is the last of the Big Three (Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony) to announce Black Friday sales. Nintendo sold 400,000 Wii U consoles, 300,000 Wii units, 250,000 3DS systems, and 275,000 DS portables during the week. Microsoft sold 750,000 Xbox 360 consoles and saw Xbox Live subscriptions rise 50 percent year-over-year.

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wildamnesia
wildamnesia

Black Friday?  Did I miss something?

blackace
blackace

I did get a PS3 Slim back in Aug. It had an incredible bundle that I just couldn't pass up. It came with 320GB (Uncharted 3, GT5 XL and Cod:MW3) all for $249. I needed another Blu-Ray player for my room, but the free games were a plus.

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

I can't figure out these console wars.  We all looked into it and found the console(s) that is/are right for us.  Why complain about other consoles?  These numbers say to me that gaming is on the rise over all systems, and that seems like a good thing to me.

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

I bought a PS3 on Black Friday.  250 Gig system, Uncharted 1 and 2, Infamous 1 and 2, for $200, and it was in almost every store.  I'd be a little surprised if it didn't sell well.

farcorners
farcorners

I'm surprised how strong the 360 remains against the PS3 when you consider the Sony unit comes with what is fundamentally a free blu ray player. (I have both, got the 360 first, got the PS3 for movies and exclusives). Australia may be different to the USA when it comes to interest in hi def movies.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Got one on black friday. 250 GB with infamous and uncharted bundle and a free month of PS+. Time to play all those PS classics on the PSone

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

All these sales figures amaze me.. 6 years on and they can still sell half a million units in one go?!  The 360 even more.. it's quite outstanding really.

 

Good to see folks jumping on board though.  Good times :)

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

i luv navigation of netflix on ps3 over xbox 360 .... about it.

fan of the games not the machines .

 

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

Finally some good news for Sony. Now they just gotta get back on track and keep making the right decisions. PlayStation is the only console for me and to each his own.

nickaugust20
nickaugust20

Good to see the most high powered console doing well. As a PS2 owner I was dismayed when the 360 beat the PS3 in release date and cost, but I think the PS3 proved itself to be the "elite" of the 3 consoles this generation.

edubb85
edubb85

I got a ps3 on Black Friday, enjoying it so far. I gotta say i am a fan of not having to pay to play online. As well as getting to play full games on Playstation Plus. Really the main reason i got the PS3 was for MGS4. I also want to play God Of War 3, Twisted Metal and Heavy Rain.

halo117xbox
halo117xbox

i got a ps3 on black friday with call of duty black ops 2 and idk i dont consider it better then xbox idk why people always say ps3 is better i meen graffix do look a lil bit better on some games but doesnt feel good i hate the dashboard and the store and the whole friends list and the keyboard, idk for me ps3 just aint cutting it and i got the bundle with uncharted 1&2 with infamous and they feel pretty boring im more of a FPS type of gamer and hardcore gamer and for me xbox is more for gaming/hardcore gaming. and idk why ps3 people dont play there exclusives? like every ps3 person i know like my frends and family dont even play non of the ps3 exclusives the only game they play is COD or BF3? idk for me ps3 isnt good and another thing is the controller that i hate! i hate using those small L1 and R1 to aim and shoot! FPS's are better on xbox with those big triggers that xbox has! Sony Sucks and they took 200$ from me so your welcome Sony! i only bought it cause 1 it was cheap and to see if it is better then Xbox 360 which its not and PSN is slow and i hate how they have maintenance and i've never had that issue on xbox live! PS3 sucks Xbox 360 better nuff said! 

arizothwow
arizothwow

cant complain i have all systems and try to play them all at least once in a while

 

digi-demon
digi-demon

Wouldn't touch a Vita unless it drops below £120 :P 

Sam-os_IMP
Sam-os_IMP

My Xbox sits in a box under a bed for the last 2 years..PS3 gets all the love.

jaypare
jaypare

 @farcorners

 I think blu ray players are and will becoming obsolite sooner than later as many people can already stream in HD and also digital download purchases are cheaper than blu ray disks.  All disk players will be obsolete within 5 years I predict and feel the next console generation will be the last with disk drives.

blackace
blackace

 @warhawk-geeby 

Well it is the holidays after all. They don't sell like that the other 9 months though. XBox 360 owns the holidays. They will sell at least 4+ million units in these 3 months alone.

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @jenovaschilld Good for you.

Btw, dont you mean your 'fan of the games (that prefers to watch netfix on PS3 than actually play any games)'

FireVixen
FireVixen

 @edubb85 Don't forget the exclusives coming out next year as well. Like God of War Ascention, Beyond: Two Souls, and The Last of Us. There's a new Sly Cooper coming out as well, but it's name eludes me right now.

FireVixen
FireVixen

 @halo117xbox It's really more up to personal tastes. The PS3 actually does have better specs then the 360, HOWEVER most games are made for the 360 first and ported over. So you really can't tell the difference in graphics unless you're playing exclusives. You won't find anything that looks as good (graphics wise) as Beyond: Two Souls on 360. L.A. Noire looked great, but since the 360 is DVD format it's on l ike 4 discs. 360's dashboard and overall user interface is way better then the PS3's, however Sony doesn't require any money from you to play online, and they give you free games every month if you a Playstation Plus member (can't beat free games). Not to mention that the PS3 is built better then the 360, so they usually last longer. I work gaming retail. I've seen 360's last about 1-3 years tops ( unless you have one of the original models w/out HDMI slot), and I've seen a PS3 last from 3-6 (also depending on model). The point of my rant, is that it's all personal preference. Out of the consoles I do prefer Playstation, because it offers more for me. I'd still pick my gaming PC over them both any day though. ;p

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

 @halo117xbox Yea no wonder...from my observation it seems most Xbox gamers are like you....hardcore FPS gamers or shooter gamers in general and don't play much else  PS3 gamers seem to be more diverse in their game choices, and we do play our exclusives trust me.

hangman000
hangman000

 @halo117xbox Halo is more hardcore?!It is childish.Plastic weapons and enemies and the same old stuff.It reminds me of power rangers!(but I'm a huge fan of halo so I wont stop playing it.Halo 4 was a change of pace)

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @halo117xbox Spoken like a TRUE multi-format gamer - tell it how it is.

 

Its the exclusives like Heavy Rain, God of War and GT5 etc. that have managed to save my PS3 from being traded in.

 

The new X360 Dashboard is awkward and cheap - no adverts please.

But so is the PS3 one  - I much prefer  the pre-kinect influenced X360 dashboard system.

 

Kinect and Move are both a POS waste of time.

 

Finally, PSN and the disjointed friend system is totally lame in comparison to X360/Live.

 

 

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @arizothwow Me too - been enjoying a bit of retro gaming recently myself - Sega Saturn FTW!

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

 @digi-demon Well actually, truth be told, the ps3 gets alot more time being used as a video show/movie device then a gaming machine.  I prefer to play games on the ps3, but there is not a whole lot this generation that appeals to me, so at least movies and shows look good on it.  SAD :(

squidracerX
squidracerX

 @hangman000  @halo117xbox yeah i dont get how "xbox is for FPS shooters", when the only 2 games on there that are not on PS3 are Halo (which is barely a hardcore FPS really), and Gears which isn't an FPS! (And Uncharted is as good as Gears in every way). But PS3 has FPS exclusives like Killzone, Resistance, even crappy ones like Haze. i think PS3 might actually have more FPS's? I hate the fanboy war crap......

jessica73
jessica73

 @Meta-Gnostic  @digi-demon Obviously I was thinking of the 360 and made a mistake. Especially since the 360 is the only thing that HAS LB/RB, and I initially said "bumpers/triggers aren't mushy" referring to the 360s pad. If anything the bumpers don't have enough give, but they don't need as much as L1/R1.

jessica73
jessica73

 @Meta-Gnostic  @digi-demon Nah, it's an official battery, the one that came with the P&C kit.                                                                                                            Aren't L2/R2 direct analogues to LT/RT >_>

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

 @jessica73  @digi-demon Do you play with the controller plugged in 24/7 or use a 3rd party battery?

 

I have no problem using the original PS3 charge cable, sure I wish it was longer but I can still play with it or just charge when I'm not playing. Not exactly a requisite like a rechargeable battery is on 360, or lots of AAs. Same thing with using an adapter to use your personal fav controller on PS3, that's an option not a requirement.

 

The LB/RB are fine, tiny bit of squishy but since it doesn't effect or interfere with pushing the buttons in any way it's not a problem. It's more natural to push the bumpers on the PS controller then it is to maneuver your fingertips on the 360 bumpers.

 

Not sure why you're comparing PS3 bumpers to 360 triggers.

jessica73
jessica73

 @Meta-Gnostic  @digi-demon Well, the quality may be different with different batches, all I know is I only have had one rechargabe battery in 7 years and i play the hell out of it. I got hidden costs on the ps3 as well; had to buy a decent length usb cable for charging, and a cross battle adapter to use the better controller ;) But, I don't know how you can say that LB/RB aren't squishy, they're objectively less resistant than the triggers on the 360 and so are the analog sticks, but I just like more resistance in my controllers.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

 @jessica73  @digi-demon So you paid $20 for a P&C, another hidden cost. You know what I bought 2 different MS batteries and one died in 1 year and the other died in a month. PS3 ain't mushy.

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @Meta-Gnostic LOL - you are such a PS3 fanboy - take off the blinkers dude - everything you have said regards the PS3 is - sorry I cant rephrase it any nicer than - utter  Bullcrap :P 

jessica73
jessica73

 @Meta-Gnostic  @digi-demon I dunno about the controller, I spent however much it was for one controller and one battery+P&C kit and have had the same ones for 6 years. I like 360's pad more because it has concave analogs, the left analog in the primary position, isn't super small bumpers/triggers aren't mushy,  and has real triggers out the box without modification

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

 @digi-demon Actually PS3 is the better controller after you add dual triggers to it. The 360 controller's digital pad is horrendous right up there with the worst ones of all time. The dead zone is larger on the 360 analog sticks, making it less precise. Precision is a good thing, hello mouse! The bumpers on 360 are inferior, it feels much more unnatural to reach them. There is a hidden cost, tons of AA batteries or MS rechargeables for minimum $20 that will last you a year if you're lucky. 

 

Better online? I own both and I see no difference other than cross game-chat and Gold fees.

 

Smoother faster gameplay all dependent on developers. Games look best on lead platform, and PS3 is often the lead platform. Not every game requires mandatory install, and the file sizes are small enough, and it often improves load times, and guess what Sony sells their system with a larger hard drive than MS.

 

If it's screw the native res then that means you get 1080p on either console, whether it be your game system or tv doing the upscaling.

 

Load times vary by game some are better on each system.

 

I've had just as many updates on 360 as on PS3, maybe a few more small OS updates on PS3 than 360 but don't have to deal with PS3 completely redesigning the dashboard every 2 years like MS does with long updates and having to relearn everything for no reason but for them to design it to push apps a few years ago and kinect just recently. 

 

Massive game catalog? Multiplatform games come to both systems while PS3 has more exclusives and almost as many PSN games and has PS1/PS2 classics.

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @bakagami  Thats cool - I have no loyalty to any of the hardware manufacturers - just the hardware and the games we play  :-D

bakagami
bakagami

 @digi-demon and don't try to imply that I'm not a "real" gamer just because I don't agree with you.  That only makes you look foolish

digi-demon
digi-demon

@FireVixen

 Like I said, you need to face facts... Sony lied about 1080p gaming (and dual video out 1080p promise of PS3),

just like they lied about PS2's technological superiority over existing console tech prior to the PS2 launch.

 

X360 has a better controller, better online experience, smoother faster gameplay (smoother frame rates &less screen tearing) - no mandatory installs - all games output 1080p to my 1080p - screw the native res. my tv likes a nice 1080p signal - 720p looks compromised with jaggies etc. 

Load times improved - no constant updates to software that take an age to download and install - massive game catalogue - that enough? it is for me :D

 

Maybe you scratch what Sony PR have told you  

- lies :P.  

 

bakagami
bakagami

 @digi-demon  @Meta-Gnostic bottom line, I'm just as happy with my PS3 as you are with your 360.  There is nothing you can say that will change that. 

I'm glad that you like your game console, I really am but when you try to imply that one company cares more about their customers than the other?  I got news for you, they don't care about anything but our money,  that goes for Sony, M$, & Nintendo.  Your loyalty to any one of them is misplaced

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @bakagami Have no regrets - admitt it was an unfortunate inconvenience - but  I'd pay it again as X360 is excellent games machine  - something a real gamer would understand - and would need in their collection ;D

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @Meta-Gnostic Plays better meaning, better controller, better online experience, smoother faster gameplay (smoother frame rates &less screen tearing) - no mandatory installs - all games output 1080p to my 1080p - screw the native res. my tv likes a nice 1080p signal - 720p looks compromised with jaggies etc. 

Load times improved - no constant updates to software that take an age to download and install - massive game catalogue - that enough? it is for me :D

bakagami
bakagami

 @digi-demon  @FireVixen  @Meta-Gnostic  @Sam-os_IMP actually, most of the game are exactly the same. occasionally there is a game that is better on one console or the other and of course there are the exclusives (it boils down to which each gamer likes better) but in the end, there is very little difference in the experience.

bakagami
bakagami

 @digi-demon trying to put words in my mouth? I never said anything about Sony's 1080p or the PS2's capabilities.  I was talking about how you payed for the same machine twice because of MS' RROD fiasco.  Sony PR didn't tell me that, you did

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @FireVixen  @Meta-Gnostic  @Sam-os_IMP Oh yes, like I can tell its better when I play a PS3 game over a X360 title because its on the supposedly superior 'higher-spec' PS3....NOT.

Just because a sheet of paper or a screen of technical jargon contains more information with bigger numbers in brighter colors says it does, really it does not mean a jot if the GAMES are inferior - the end.

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @bakagami  Face facts... Sony lied about 1080p gaming (and dual video out 1080p promise of PS3),

just like they lied about PS2's technological superiority over existing console tech prior to the PS2 launch.

Maybe you should stick to talking about stuff you know eh?..... oh wait.... scratch that as you dont seem to know anything other than what Sony PR have told you  - lies :P.  

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

 @digi-demon X360 plays better, wth does that even mean? Get over myself how?

 

Every company hypes their console, but not every company rips you off with huge hidden costs and rushes hardware to market that they know will fail.  I guess if you like to waste your money for nothing then ok because you're paying more for less.

FireVixen
FireVixen

 @digi-demon  @Meta-Gnostic  @Sam-os_IMP You are very wrong sir. The PS3 actually does have better specs then the 360. IGN did an article about it. The reason you don't notice a difference in graphics, is that the 360 beat Sony in the timeline. 360 came out a year ahead of PS3, so the 360 won the hearts of the people and developers first. Because of this, most games are made for the 360 first, and then ported over to the PS3. Also, I believe the PS3 is a little harder to develop for. And it's not that the PS3 can't do 1080, because it can do that in it's sleep. It's that the developers that are porting their games over aren't including that functionality. 

bakagami
bakagami

 @digi-demon  @Meta-Gnostic  @720p which means that you paid even more to fix something that M$ stuck you with by design.  must be nice to have so much money to throw around like that.  Still, you shouldn't have had to but yet you brag about that. 

and go ahead and enjoy your superior online experience since you have to pay for it.  It is the only way that the 360 is superior.

I'm not trying to say that the PS3 is the best, they both have their pluses and minuses but you should really quit trying to convince ppl that the 360 is better just because you like it more.

only reason the 360 is doing better is that it came out first and was cheaper

and btw, I liked Sega too but lets face the facts, True, they had better games but their business model sucked and they failed, it's time to move on

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @Meta-Gnostic Oh and regards the 1080p statement - I wouldn't care about the resolution so much but my 1080p Plasma looks much better when accepting a 1080p signal - something Sony promised as standard and was touting as the Full HD Stick that they would beat MS's HD ready console with, when in reality only some of PS3's games will work in 1080p.

So again, I dont believe the Hype.

PS3 is still a great console and If X360 has got a Sony, Nintendo, Sega or NEC badge on it it instead it would still be No.1 imo - its mainly hats off to ATi for that. 

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @Meta-Gnostic If you ever owned an X360 you should know this but - heres a recap anyhow...

I wasnt online at the time of my ist RROD - as you should know you keep the Hard Drive when you send X360 for repair. I put my 'old' HDD on the 'new' system.

I did lose some gamerpoints because the saves were locked to the system (DOA4). 

My Gamertag was stored on the HDD not the system memory. I now store my Gametag on a USB so its totally portable. I still have two X360's - an Arcade HDMI and a 250GB Slim - just in case - but imo its the games that matter and imo X360 PLAYS BETTER.

I also have a PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP,3DS,DSLite,GC, XBOX1, PC and several other retro consoles - get over yourself - I say it how it is - and your just going to have to live with that.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

 @digi-demon  Ha so you wasted even more money, buying a 2nd 360 and then selling your used one all because MS rushed it to market knowing it would fail on you. Then you will go and try to claim how 360 has sold better than PS3 despite people like you having to buy multiple 360s.

 

Also, tell me this, how did you get your account onto the new console before you sold the RROD one? Did you have to start everything over and wait a month to get your saves back? Nope because you've been lying this whole time.

 

Ha only thing PSN doesn't have is cross-game chat. So keep throwing your money down the drain while I get tons of games from PS+.

 

PS2 is still the best selling console of all time (not including portables which can sell more easily due to cheaper prices), and PS2 is still regarded as being right up there with any console for best game lineup ever.

 

There are 1080p games, but developers also know that better graphics can be achieved with better textures, lighting, and effects than through resolution. 360 didn't get 1080p until after PS3 planned for it.

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @Albaficas Hellyeah -  LBP Karting  FTW!

oh yeah, and that smash bro's clone - cool..

what was it called again?

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @Meta-Gnostic  RROD? wait a month? hell no,  I just went out and bought another - sold the repaired unit when was returned to me by MS, and just got more great xbox games to play with the money I got from selling the repair unit. Simples :P

Oh and PSN sucks compared to Live so dont even try to convince me until you convince yourself on that one.

 

And too many exclusive PS3 games run @720p - Sony promised 1080p - imo they as such failed to deliver on their full HD gaming promises - no surprise really after they dissed the Sega Dreamcast and then went on to release PS2.... 

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

 @digi-demon  @Sam-os_IMP If PS3 is overpriced with it's Bluray player then 360 is even more overpriced.

 

The reason some multiplatform games are worse on PS3 is because of developers just porting over games developed on 360 first. When they develop with PS3 as the lead platform the games look worse on 360. There is hardware upscale on PS3 and it is better than the 360's upscaler, especially for movies. 

 

You're a fool who pays for XBL Gold. You paid $50 for 2006-2010 ($250) and will pay at least 20011-2013 $60 a year ($180). Bet you bought at least a Play n Charge Kit as well ($20), and possibly an expensive wireless adaptor, and upgraded your expensive proprietary hard drive. So $400 + $250 + $180 + $20  ~$100+~$180= $1130 LOL!!!

 

Probably had to lose your 360 for a month waiting for it to get repaired because MS rushed it to market so they could launch during the holidays despite knowing there was a hardware issue that would be responsible for all launch era 360's getting RROD.

Albaficas
Albaficas

 @digi-demon  ac1,2,3

ME2,3 "soon ME1"

bioshock 1,2

mirrors edge

far cry 2,3

eldr scrolls oblivion are better on the ps3 just to name a few

Its no secret that the ps3 is doing better than the xbox WORLDWIDE in sales despite the years and a half head star 360 had,ps+,AAA exclusives games,innovation,new IP's yearly unlike MS which are stuck with the same 3 franchises for more than 10 years if u count halo CE

 

Puppeteer

Rain

GOW:Ascension

The last of us

Beyond two souls

Rain

Until dawn

Sly cooper:thieves in time

Ni No Kuni 

The Witch and the Hundred Knights

Tales of Xillia

 

These are just one of the few games coming EXCLUSIVELY on the ps3

 

what you got except ANOTHER gears of wars and probably a new forza game ? aye nothing...anw have fun with your fps kiddies games 

 

LONG

LIVE

PLAY

 

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @Meta-Gnostic  @digi-demon  @Sam-os_IMP No sweat, imo PS3 is still a cut-down (and overpriced) Blu-ray player that can play (some) decent (read mainly Sony exclusive) games - Thats why I still got mine - exclusives.

PS3 is not more powerful than X360 - the 99% of PS3 games that video out @  720p res. (read the specs on back of game cases please) - and no hardware upscale like 360 makes the system look more antiquated than X360. Poor multi-plat ports like Skyrim, Bayonetta and Fallout3 are another topic though...