Not doing too badly for itself this holiday season is Sony, who saw the PS3 sell 525,000 units and the Vita sell 160,000 in the US during the week of Black Friday (Nov 18 to 24). Sales for the PS3 including hardware and software increased by 9% from last year. In Latin America, the year-on-year sales rose by 200% for 2012.
Sony noted that the Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation PS Vita bundle was a particularly hot item and saw Amazon sell out of the pack within 5 hours. The gaming giant mentioned that at stores, other Vita bundles such as Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified also sold out during the Black Friday week.
Adding to Sony’s success is the increase in subscribers for the PlayStation Plus service and PS Plus subscribers helped bump up sales through the PSN by 259% this year.
This news comes after the reveal of sales figures from Nintendo and Microsoft. Nintendo sold 300,000 and 400,000 units of the Wii and Wii U respectively whilst the 3DS sold 250,000 units and the DS sold 275,000 units. Microsoft revealed that the 360 sold 750,000 units and that subscriptions for Xbox Live increased by 50 this year.