Sony has announced that it sold 525,000 PlayStation 3s and 160,000 PS Vitas in the US during the week of Black Friday.
Sony noted that its bundle sales grew 15 per cent year-over-year, while its total PS3 sales including hardware, software and peripherals, grew nine per cent. Evidently the Ultimate PlayStation Value Bundle, which included a 250GB PS3, the Uncharted Dual Pack and the inFAMOUS Collection for $199 "quickly sold out at retailers across the US."
Vita sales were lacking in comparison to its competition, but Sony tried to put a positive spin on it by noting that its $199 bundles that were packaged with either Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified, or Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes sold out at retail. Sony noted that the Assassin's Creed one even sold out in under five hours on Amazon.
“We're very pleased with the Black Friday sales results, especially the incredible reception for the PS3 and PS Vita bundles," said SCEA president and CEO, Jack Tretton. "The demand was very strong which quickly depleted our inventory across retailers nationwide."
Outside of retail, Sony noted that its PlayStation Plus subscriptions increased by 259 per cent since this time last year. This is likely due to the advent of the Instant Games Collection, where subscribers have unlimited access to a select range of games. "Customer satisfaction rates for PS Plus are above 95 percent," Sony added.