December 02, 2008
| by Rachel Cericola
For Sony and Microsoft, the gaming wars never seem to get stale. This time, Microsoft is sinking Sony’s battleship—by posting Black Friday sales numbers.
According to a press release (via Kotaku), the Xbox 360 had its single biggest sales day in history—and beat out PS3 sales 3:1. It also says that those Black Friday numbers were 25 percent better than last year.
Maybe shoppers gravitated towards the Xbox because there was a less of a frenzy. Maybe mom and dad think that any console is better than no console. We’re guessing that September’s price drop had a lot to do with it. However, it’s hard to take this report with anything except a grain of salt because they failed to report on Wii numbers. As Gizmodo points out, if Microsoft beat Nintendo that day, they would have mentioned it.
“We entered into the Black Friday sales period with cautious optimism, knowing that dollar for dollar, Xbox 360 offers more social entertainment value than any other console on the market,” said Don Mattrick, senior VP of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business division. “Record Black Friday sales in the U.S., coupled with our existing global install base of 25 million and an online community of more than 14 million Xbox LIVE members, have laid the groundwork for continued global sales momentum in 2009.”
The company also says that its console sales are up 400 percent in Europe. Now that’s something to crow about.
In case you are still searching for that special gift, the Xbox Arcade is selling now for $199.99.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.