Thanksgiving week brings record game console sales

By Matthew
Dec 1, 2009
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  1. Between Black Friday deals, the recent price cuts, and the usual surge in holiday shopping, game console makers witnessed record sales last week. Sony reportedly moved over 440,000 PlayStation 3s for the week ending Sunday -- a single-week record. This compares to 320,600 PS3s shipped during the entire month of October. Sony witnessed similar trends with other consoles, like the PSP, but no exact figures have been disclosed.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,319   +370

    Tell ya what I'd really like to see and that's what Steam made on it's big 5-day sale. I know I bought half-a-dozen games. And they were pushing their sale hard on Facebook and a couple of other places.
  3. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 843   +11

    I came really close to buying one of the bundles - PS3, 2 Controllers I think, and 2 games - for $300. But I just didn't have the spare cash :( ...that and im still a little pissed at the hole no more backwards compatibility thing. My ps2 just barely reads disc still :(
  4. Timonius

    Timonius TechSpot Booster Posts: 573   +31

    360's don't seem to be selling as well. Hey Mikey, time to do some fancy marketing/console redesigning!
  5. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 240   +11

    I agree with TomSea, prices were really low for games on Steam during these last five days, I also bought the THQ Pack which holds over 12 games, so I would like to see steam's numbers too...
  6. Deso

    Deso Newcomer, in training Posts: 130

    Hahahahaha

    "we sold twice as much as last week"
    NUMBER DODGE.

    in other words xbox 360 got PWNT by ps3 sales ^_^
  7. lfg18

    lfg18 Newcomer, in training Posts: 86

    I think it was logical that the PS3 sold that well during the last weekend, you could find great offers, a PS3 for $300 was a great deal, what I still don't understand is how the Wii is still selling that well, I wouldn't buy one myself since the games it offers are not that good in comparison to those in the PS3/360, now let's see how things go during Christmas.
  8. KG363

    KG363 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    I'd think that as the current gen consoles age, PC gaming would grow. Guess I was wrong
  9. ken777

    ken777 Newcomer, in training Posts: 103

    Hard to believe that the sales gap between PS3 and Xbox 360 was that huge. Maybe it's time for another price drop or Xbox Slim.
  10. flukeh

    flukeh Newcomer, in training Posts: 57

    Who says that it isn't growing? Thing with PC's is there is a lot more diversity in gaming. And exact number of PC's bought would not attribute all of them would be used for gaming so a comparison like this one would be useless.
  11. timljh

    timljh Newcomer, in training Posts: 33

    I think by the time motion eye and natal releases, the consoles will sell even more....
     
  12. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    i think the whole microsoft banning all those people mad sonys sales alot better if i were sony id send a thank you letter to microsoft as in Thanks for the great blunder of yours our sales have gone up like crazy since you little fiasco started thanks for the extra cash sincerely Sony lol
  13. Did everyone forget how many XBOX 360's have been sold over the past few years? ....and how many PS3's were sold? Eventually, the market evens out in a way. The XBOX community is already so large, it only makes sense that when both consoles issue a price drop that the PS3 will sell better. People have waited and waited on their precious PS3's to actually be legitimately affordable. They're just catching up is all.
  14. Clrabbit

    Clrabbit Newcomer, in training Posts: 90

    I can quite haply say I did not buy a game console. I am still current gen free. I really didn't see any deals that were like wow I have to get that! a X360 for $100 or a PS3 for $150 might get me to buy one.

    I'll likely get a PS3 when the PS4 comes out.
  15. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 948   +29

    I bought two Wii's for family, but that's not related to Black Friday or holiday shopping, since there's none of that here.
  16. UT66

    UT66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 144

    "Microsoft has not released any hard numbers on Xbox 360 sales"

    -insert exclamation of sharp sudden pain-
  17. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,022   +87

    Although natal is coming, Xbox didn't do so well compared to PS3 or Wii. i was expecting at least 300k units sold since PS3 managed to sell 320k units. Lately PS3 has been doing very well.
  18. GoranGol

    GoranGol Newcomer, in training

    I will definitely buy PS3 Slim, but i will wait few more weeks or maybe even January. Hoping for some better packages or even lower price.
    Steam actions were great. And that is what digital distribution should be. Cheaper than the box version.
    I bought THQ Pack and some other games (KOTOR, Plants vs. Zombies). I missed Grid, EVE Online, Guild Wars and some other games. I am really disappointed by that :(
     
  19. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Man gaming is getting bigger and bigger , its kinda scary :( :D
  20. dellz

    dellz Newcomer, in training

    well the amount of gamers is truly frightning because most of theese gaming addicts are not contributing to the society , im dont even want to imagine how many peopel in the USA are playing right now , i know a dude who has almost 400 hours of gameplay on the pc version of MW2 , i dont even want to think what hours serious console gamers have spent behind their tv.
  21. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 117

    I always enjoy seeing xbox360 getting pwnt by ps3 in sales... At this price ps3 will continue selling more and more units.
  22. drasho

    drasho Newcomer, in training Posts: 62

    the deals on steam were pretty good =)
    the ps3 with 2 game for 300$ sounded good... i should have went and bought 1 =P
  23. Docnoq

    Docnoq Newcomer, in training Posts: 141

    The Wii is still selling well because it is attractive to a market segment that neither the 360 or PS3 can get to - namely 'casual gamers'. My friend's girlfriend just bought a Wii over the break, and even though my friend and myself were pushing her toward a PS3, she bought a Wii because it has more 'girly' and family games. To all of us 'hardcore' gamers, the Wii is garbage because it has bad graphics and a poor selection of good titles. But to all the casual gamers, it is the best choice.

    I would love to see how each console did in game sales though. I'm sure Wii did considerably less than the 360 or PS3 considering a lot of people that have Wiis do not purchase a lot of games.
  24. ryan29121

    ryan29121 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 182

    This doesn't surprise me, with the amount of good games that were released within 4-5 weeks time. Borderlands, Dragon age, MW2, L4D2, and Assassins creed 2. How could you not buy the majority of those.
  25. AbsolutGaloot

    AbsolutGaloot Newcomer, in training Posts: 92

    I love steam sales, and this 5day was amazing. I'm sad that I didn't have more to spend, I'd have picked up quite a few games. From the numbers that they do release from their half-off weekend sales and such, sales tend to double or triple.

    I'm amazed the Wii is still selling so strongly, it's been out long enough that you'd figure that everyone who wanted one has it by now. I wonder if there's still supply shortages going on over the holiday season like there seems to have been ever since launch.
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