Microsoft has just announced that its Xbox 360 console sold 750,000 units during the week of Black Friday in the US, outselling Nintendo’s Wii U by almost 2-1, as the latter sold 400,000 units during its launch week. Microsoft also said that Halo 4 “exceeded expectations with impressive sales the week of Black Friday.”
Redmond also singled out Xbox Live Gold, saying that the service’s Subscription card sales increased more than 50 percent compared to last year’s Black Friday week. Microsoft notes “incredible activity on Xbox over the weekend” with more than 14 million people on Xbox Live on Sunday alone, accounting for more than 72 million hours of use in just one day. Microsoft also said that there’s been a 43 percent increase in US entertainment application usage taking place on Xbox Live during the week of Black Friday compared to 2011.
Keep in mind that the reporting calendar tracked data from Sunday, Nov. 18th – Friday, Nov. 23rd, so Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sales don’t even include the last weekend. That’s simply astounding.
Sony hasn’t commented on Black Friday PS3 and PS Vita sales.